|On Friday, the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the use of a shot clock for men's lacrosse, which replaces the stall warning, as well as a rule change regarding shooting strings.|
The shot clock procedure will change the stall warning to include a 30-second period for the offensive team to take a shot. The procedure as approved uses game officials rather than a visible shot clock to manage the count. The possible future use of a visible clock was referred to the Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee for further discussion.
Shot Clock Procedure: If a team receives a stall warning, it must take a shot within 30 seconds. In this instance, a shot is an attempt to score that is on goal (e.g., saved by the goalkeeper, hits the cage, or actually scores). If 30 seconds pass with no shot on goal, the defensive team is awarded the ball. The "get it in, keep it in" call has been eliminated.
Here is the protocol referees will follow:
1. Officials signal a stall warning and start the 20-second timer.
2. At the end of the 20-second timer, a 10-second hand count is administered by the official closest to the ball. This official has responsibility for the count until a shot is taken or the time expires.
3. During the 30-second period, situations where a shot goes out of bounds and the offensive team maintains possession will be handled in this manner:
• With more than 10 seconds remaining in the count, the timer continues to run and the procedure continues.
• If the timer expires before the restart, a 10-second count will be administered beginning on the restart.
• With less than 10 seconds remaining, the official shall hold the hand count when the whistle blows and continue the count on the restart. For example, if the ball goes out of bounds with eight seconds remaining on the count, that count continues on the restart. The official will communicate the amount of time remaining on the restart.
4. A shot that hits the goal cage or is saved by the goalkeeper and then possessed by the offensive team nullifies the stall warning and the game continues.
5. In a flag-down situation, the shot count will continue until it expires or a shot is taken.
6. Stalling will not be called during a man advantage.
7. If a shot hits a defensive team player other than the goalkeeper, it will not be considered a shot on goal.
Shooting Strings: Starting this coming spring, players will be allowed to have shooting strings up to but not touching four inches from the top of the crosse. To ensure that sticks meet these specifications, the following three field tests will be performed by the officials.
• The ball will be placed in crosse (perpendicular to the ground) at the throat, then the crosse is tipped forward 90 degrees;
• The ball is placed in the crosse (horizontal to the ground) at the deepest point of the pocket, then the crosse is tipped forward 90 degrees so the ball rolls out at the tip of the head;
• The ball is placed in the back of the crosse at the deepest point of the pocket and pushed in to reverse the pocket. The crosse is inverted 180 degrees. The ball must come out of the crosse without shaking, etc.
If the stick fails any of these tests, it is an illegal crosse and a one-minute non-releasable foul will be enforced. The crosse won't be used during play and will be kept at the scorer's table until the conclusion of the game.