New NFHS Rules for 2015 season

11 rules changes for NFHS games in 2015. Original Article from US Lacrosse

  • Rule 1-6-2: Added the following procedure to check to make sure the ball can easily roll out of the head of the crosse – " . . . With the ball in the crosse, horizontal to the ground at the deepest point of the pocket, tip the crosse forward 90 degrees to ensure that the ball rolls out of the top end of the head."
  • Rules 1-7-3 and 2-1-3. In Rule 1-7-3 concerning the crosse, any strings or leathers will be limited to a hanging length of 2 inches. In addition, any additional strings or laces (e.g., shooting strings, V channels) must be located within 4 inches of the top of the crosse. No more than one side-wall string on each side is allowed.
  • Rule 2-1-3, a game no longer can be continued if a team has fewer than seven on-field players because of lack of available players, injuries, penalties, etc. The result of the game shall be determined by the state association or appropriate sponsoring authority.
  • Rule 2-7-2 now states that the CBO "shall supervise and have complete jurisdiction over the timekeeper, penalty timekeepers, scorers, coaches, substitutes and any other persons within the bench areas, the special substitution area and the penalty box."
  • Rule 2-10-1: Balls on the bench side are needed only at the table and not along the sideline.
  • Rule 3-1-2: More clearly defined when the running clock begins in those games where the score differential reaches 12 goals or more.

  • Rule 4-22 : On a violation by the offensive team where the defensive team is to be awarded the ball, the defensive team no longer has to restart play outside the goal area. With this revision, the defensive team could now restart play from the goal area or in the crease.
  • Rule 5-5: A player using a crosse found to be illegal for not meeting any required specification other than a deep pocket will receive a three-minute non-releasable penalty (except hanging string length and end caps as in Rule 1-7-3). Also, any crosse ruled illegal and resulting in a three-minute penalty will remain in the table area for the remainder of the game.
  • Rule 6-4: Added "with his feet no wider than shoulder-width apart" to the section on illegal offensive screening.
  • Rule 6-5-2e: The 30-second penalty has been erased in situations when a goal is scored by the opponent.

  • Rule 6-5-2w: "Take a dive or feigning a slash to the head or body in order to deceive the official and draw a penalty" was added to the examples of illegal procedure.

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