Recent rules changes in men’s lacrosse are having their intended impact and are earning support from the collegiate community.
That was the takeaway the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee made when it reviewed its annual rules survey during its meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Indianapolis. The survey indicated wide support for the changes made in the previous cycle to encourage a faster pace of play. The committee took no action on new rules, but reviewed all aspects of the sport and set its agenda for future discussion items.
“We thoroughly discussed every aspect of our rules and collected viewpoints from a variety of sources,” said Bob Scalise, athletics director at Harvard University and chair of the committee. “The changes made for last season were embraced with wide support, but we are always looking for ways to improve the game.”
In the next year, the committee plans to focus on consistent officiating with regard to the shot clock procedure. The 2016 season will be the first time Division I programs will be required to have a visible shot clock when an official issues a stalling warning. Division II and Division III programs will be required to have visible shot clocks by 2017.
Committee members also discussed investigating potential adjustments to the stick pocket to encourage the free dislodgement of the ball. The committee met with representatives of the manufacturing community during the NCAA championship in Philadelphia and plans to continue the discussion.
“Our broad charge is to ensure our rules are fair, enforceable and encourage a game that is exciting to play and watch,” Scalise said. “We will continue to collect data and communicate with the lacrosse community to improve the sport.”