lacrosse-men-d1 flag

Greg Johnson | NCAA.org | September 13, 2016

Panel approves tweak to lacrosse faceoffs

  A tweak to the faceoff procedure in lacrosse is intended to make faceoffs more consistently even.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Tuesday approved a tweak to the faceoff procedure in men’s lacrosse for officials to follow starting with the 2017 season.

The new rule modifies the officiating mechanic used during faceoffs. During the faceoff procedure, game officials will center the ball five inches from the middle of the head of each faceoff player’s stick. The rules proposal, made this summer by the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committee, aims to make the officiating mechanic clear and consistent for each faceoff and to enhance the fairness of the faceoff play.

The panel also approved a rule that corrects a loophole regarding timeouts. Under the rule, calling a timeout will also satisfy the clearing rule.

Previously, if a team called timeout, the clearing rule remained in effect and the team in possession had 30 seconds to advance the ball into the attack area.

It has become a tactic used by the team in possession to waste time, particularly late in a game or half, which the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee felt was not in the spirit of the rules.

Another rules change approved by the panel will allow communication devices for on-field officials if they are available. Many sports (field hockey, soccer, football, etc.) are using headsets for officials to communicate during play. 

College lacrosse scores: No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Virginia both fall to Ivy League foes

Penn State and defending champion Virginia — ranked Nos. 1-2 in the Inside Lacrosse men's rankings — were both tripped up Saturday. Here's how Yale and Princeton pulled off the upsets.
READ MORE

College lacrosse: Villanova survives No. 4 Maryland's late push to clinch upset

A dominant start helped propel Villanova men's lacrosse 13-12 over No. 4 Maryland on Tuesday afternoon. It marked the second time in program history the Wildcats defeated the Terps.
READ MORE

UMass men's lacrosse rallies for victory at No. 10 Ohio State

UMass men's lacrosse stormed back from a three-goal deficit late in the third quarter and finished the game with a five-goal run to pick up a top-10 upset over Ohio State.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners