Substitution Procedures Highlight Boys' Lacrosse Rules Changes
Major changes in substitution procedures in high school boys' lacrosse will take effect with the 2014 season.For stoppages of play due to an out of bounds ball, a horn will no longer be sounded to allow time for substitution. Instead, players may substitute "on the fly" as they can during normal play.While substitution may occur during playing action, Rule 4-22 lists the various conditions under which substitution may occur. In addition, substitution may take place while play is suspended as follows: end of a period, scoring of a goal, injury time-out, equipment adjustment, after a time-serving penalty and during a team time-out.A new article was added to Rule 7-2 to reduce congestion in the penalty area.A maximum of three players from the same team can be in the penalty area serving penalties at the same time. A team shall not be required to play with fewer than seven on-field players solely because of players serving penalties. In addition, a player's penalty cannot be released by a goal until he is in the penalty area and the time on his penalty has started to elapse.Rule 5-3-5 will state that an illegal body-check is one that targets a player in a defenseless position. This includes but is not limited t a) body-checking a player from his "blind side"; b) body-checking a player who has his head down in an attempt to play a loose ball; and c) body-checking a player whose head is turned away to receive a pass, even if that player turns toward the contact immediately before the body-check.A minimum of a two- or three-minute non releasable penalty is assessed for this violation.In Rule 5-4 – Checks Involving the Head/Neck – the penalty for a violation was strengthened by dropping the possibility of a one-minute penalty.Thus, a minimum two- or three-minute non releasable penalty will now be enforced for this violation.Besides the substitution procedures changes, the committee altered three other rules in Rule 4 – Play of the Game. In Rule 4-4-3, during the faceoff in all penalty situations, there now must be four players in the defensive area and three players in the offensive area. An exception is when a team has three players in the penalty area, a player may come out of his defensive area to take the faceoff but must remain onside.***No More "HOT" attackmen allowed on the wing*** The faceoff will be man-down on the wings (based on the penalties)In Rule 4-10 regarding offside, a team now is considered offside when it has more than six players in its offensive half of the field, including players in the penalty box, or more than seven players in its defensive half of the field, including players in the penalty box."The unfair advantage in an offside situation is created by too many players on one side of the field – not too few," Summers said. "This change lets the foul reflect the unfair advantage and minimizes risk by allowing officials to 'count forward,' keeping their attention on the active side of the field."In Rule 4-12, Article 4 and Article 5 were deleted to address confusion with enforcement of the offside rule.In Rule 2-5, it is now recommended that a minimum of three officials be used to control the game (referee, umpire and field judge). While not a requirement, Summers said this change in philosophy is indicated in order to better control play, especially with the increased speed of the game.Rules 1-2-7, 8, 9: Increases the size of the substitution/table area to allow more space for players to get on and off the field and create better sight-lines for table personnel.
***The Sub Box will resemble that used in college games***
Rule 1-7-5: Any crosse used in a faceoff may not have tape on the plastic throat of the head.