High Schools

Parent and Player Introduction to Girls' Lacrosse for 2021

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This video provides an introduction to the game of High School Girls' Lacrosse for spectators.  The target audiences are parents of players, High School players, and persons interested in becoming Girls' Lacrosse umpires.  A PowerPoint presentation is also provided for those who wish to use it in a classroom setting.


RETURNING UMPIRE TRAINING INFORMATION FOR THE 2021 SEASON

LAX Signal 1x8 NeutralAs we prepare for next year, the Kentucky Lacrosse Umpires Board needs to know if individual officials are returning for the 2021 season.  KLUB respects whatever decision individual umpires make during these times.  
 
Here is important training information for persons who will return to officiate:
  • KLUB dues will not be collected for the 2021 season.
  •  ALL training, except for on-field ratings, will be done online.  US Lacrosse’s Convention will be entirely online in 2021.  The USL Convention (LAXCON) will be mandatory training and will be the only training available for those wanting to umpire in 2021.  Your US Lacrosse membership must be current in order to attend/register for LAXCON.  You may register on your own for $45 or KLUB will register you as part of a group and pay your registration fee ($35). If you wish to be a part of the KLUB group and NOT pay the registration fee, please insure that your USL membership is current and send your USL membership number to the training coordinator, Chris Niblock, not later that 28 December 2020.  Once the sessions have been firmed up KLUB leadership will get back with everyone as to what sessions will be mandatory.  USL will be able to provide lists of those who have watched online.
  • There will not be a 2021 NFHS Girl’s lacrosse rulebook as last year’s will be used.  There will, however, be a new test.

For now, individual umpires must communicate to Chris Niblock (chris@theniblocks.com) regarding intentions for the 2021 season.

All Umpires will be hearing further from leadership regarding the pre-season training.  KLUB understands that this is an unprecedented time and the waiving of the yearly fee ($55 for returning umpires) and the subsidizing of the USL LaxCon fees shows the commitment the Board has taken to helping everyone out and ensuring we are all prepared for whatever 2021 brings.


BEAT THE UMPIRES CHALLENGE

BEAT THE UMPIRES CHALLENGE

Cartoon-woman-referee-running-a-cartoon-illustration-of-a-woman-referee-running-vector-clipart_csp57631001Attention Kentucky High School girls Lacrosse players!

You are invited to participate in the BEAT THE UMPIRES CHALLENGE.

This challenge is very simple: Every High School girls Lacrosse player in Kentucky is invited to take the 2020 NFHS Girls Lacrosse Test – the same as Umpires have to take every year.

100-dollar-bill-clip-art-nl63Ti-clipartYou may take the test as many times as you want.  ANY PLAYERS WHO SCORE EIGHTY PERCENT (80%) OR ABOVE WILL HAVE THEIR NAMES PLACED IN A DRAWING FOR FIVE (5) ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR ($100) PRIZES.  You may take the test as many times as you need to score 80%.

The test may be taken starting now.  The test will close on midnight Louisville/Lexington time on 15 May 2020.

The prizes in the form of a $100 check are being provided by the state girls Lacrosse officials’ association, KENTUCKY LACROSSE UMPIRES BOARD (KLUB).

Cartoon-illustration-man-referee-running-cartoon-man-referee-running-116278434The test is “open book,” you may use an NFHS rules book if you have one.  Rules books in eBook form may be used. With this email you are being provided a pdf copy of the 2020 US Lacrosse Officials Training Manual which is a good substitute for a rules book.  In addition, I am providing a list of umpires who have volunteered to be contacted to provide guidance to players taking the test. You may discuss the test with coaches or players.

The drawing for the prizes will take place on 16 May 2020. 

You enter the BEAT THE UMPIRES CHALLENGE by simply going online and taking the test.

Here is the link for the test: TAKE THE TEST NOW

At the end of the test there is an opportunity for you to express your interest in becoming a girls Lacrosse umpire next season – either as a high school student or graduate.  WE NEED MORE UMPIRES!

WE HOPE YOU WILL ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE!


2020 US Lacrosse Training Videos

2020 NFHS Girls' Rules Interpretation Video

NFHS Girls' Rules Changes Webinar - 2020

2020 Youth Girls’ Rules Interpretations

Girls’ & Women’s Headgear Info

US Lacrosse Stick Check Video

A Closer Look at Shooting Space

Legal and Illegal Contact

Game Management Webinar

Preparing for Playoffs - Three Person System Review

Murphy's Laws for Sports Officials


A Summary of Rules Changes for High School Girls Lacrosse in 2020

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US Lacrosse LogoSignificant changes in the rules for Girls Lacrosse in High School are coming in 2020.  The rules changes were recommended by the joint National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and US Lacrosse (USL) Girls’ Lacrosse Rules Committee, and subsequently approved by both the NFHS and USL boards of directors.

USL and NFHS both released advance summaries of all changes on 23 July 2019.

FREE MOVEMENT ON A WHISTLE OR STOPPAGE OF PLAY

The allowance for free movement by players on a whistle or stoppage of play is the most significant rule change for high school girls’ lacrosse in 2020, and one of 12 rules changes approved for high school girls’ lacrosse, effective January 1, 2020.

Free movement allows players to move freely around the playing field, instead of being required to hold their positions on stoppages. The primary intent of the rule change is to improve the pace of play, and allows for a less restrictive experience for the athletes.

The change to free movement impacts several areas of the NFHS/USL Rules Book. The change has an impact on rules 4.2.3, 4.3.3, 5.1.2, 5.1.3, 5.3.1, 6.3.1, and 10.1.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Rule 4-3-3 will change to allow players to be substituted for during a possession time-out, except for the player being awarded the ball and the offender.

ADMINISTRATION OF MAJOR FOULS AND OTHER STOPPAGES OF PLAY IN THE CRITICAL SCORING AREA

To limit potentially dangerous play in the critical scoring area and allow for consistent administration of the free position, a major foul between the 12 and the 8 will now be administered as a free position taken on the 12-meter fan closest to the spot of the foul. This is a change to rule 10.1.

However, when a stoppage in play causes the ball to become dead that was in the critical scoring area, rules 4.3.3, 5.1.3, 5.3.1 and 7.3 PENALTY now indicate play will resume on the closet dot.

[EDITOR"S NOTE:  Initially, these two changes seem to be in conflict. However, rule 4.3.3 addresses time out; 5.1.3 addresses indirect free positions; 5.3.1 addresses major and minor foul penalty administration; 7.3 PENALTY addresses penalty administration for Goal Circle violations.  Please watch for further clarifications.]

FALSE START

Self-starting when self-start is not an option is now considered a major foul in rule 10.1 under false starts.

CHECK TO THE NECK AND HEAD

Under major fouls in rule 10.1, a check to the neck is now included under check to the head with a mandatory card assessed.

COVERING

In a change to Rule 9.1, the description of the minor foul, covering, is now described as covering a ground ball, instead of guarding. Additionally, preventing an opponent from playing the ball by covering the ball with the body now constitutes a minor foul. Previously, using a foot or crosse to guard a ground ball was a minor field foul.

BOUNDARY BALLS

Rule 5.4.4 has been amended to allow self-starts on boundary restarts. On boundary restarts, opponents must give the player in possession of the ball at least two meters — an additional meter from the previous requirement (Rule 6.3.1b).

A change to Rule 6.3.2 clarifies that a player’s body or crosse that is inbounds and nearest to the ball when it goes out of bounds on a shot on goal determines possession of the ball when play resumes.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON THE FIELD AT THE DRAW

Rule 5.2.2 was amended to allow any number, up to 12 players from each team, on the field prior to the start of each draw. Prior to the change, each team was required to have 12 players on the field unless a team could not do so legally.

STICK CHECKS

There are changes to Rules 2.2.5 and 2.4.3 to amend crosse and stick requirements. A crosse now meets specifications if the ball moves freely in the front of the pocket, removing the requirement for the back of the pocket. During stick checks, game officials will ensure that the ball rolls out of the back of the pocket when placed in the upper third of the head at its widest point and the stick and head are tilted 90 degrees. This rule helps limit the on field check requirements for the back of the pocket to those issues only related to performance. 

EYE PROTECTION

For eyewear, the SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) mark for certification must be on the equipment by January 1, 2025. Eyewear must still be SEI certified for the 2020 season (rule 2.7.2), but the requirement for a physical mark on the eyewear does not take effect until 2025. All approved eyewear is listed on the SEI website at www.seinet.org

MODIFICATION OF EQUIPMENT

In a change to Rule 2.7.4, equipment cannot be modified from its original manufactured state and it must be worn in the manner the manufacturer intended.

VIDEO REPLAY

Rule 2.8.4 now prohibits the use of video replay to review an official’s decision, consistent with other NFHS rules.


Start of the Lightning Delayed Finish to the KSLL Championship Game

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LAX Umpire Awaits the Start of the Last 4:47

The Kentucky Scholastic Lacrosse League Championship Game was started on Thursday, 16 May, 2019, at 7:00pm.  Lightning, thunder, and rain delayed the completion of the last 4:47 of the game until Saturday, 18 May, at 9:00am.

Here is the beginning of the last 4:47 with the game between Sacred Heart Academy and Eastern High School tied at 7-7.

The game was completed at approximately 9:15am ... making it the longest girls Lacrosse game in state history (38 hours and 15 minutes).

The final score was Sacred Heart Academy, 8; Eastern High School, 7.


Louisville Area High School and Middle School Rules Comparisons

HS and MS Rules ChartYou may download the up-to-date rules for all High School and Middle School girls Lacrosse leagues and levels in Louisville, Kentucky, here.  These leagues and levels include High School Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshmen; JCPS Middle School Varsity, Junior Varsity, and MS6, and King Louie Middle School.

Download HS and MS Rules Chart


Resources for Umpires

John SliderHere are several resources for 2019 for the Women's Lacrosse Game:

The USL Youth Rules Test and the NFHS Rules Test is now online.  Please read the instructions. Directions for accessing tests:

  1. Go to ArbiterSports
  2. Log In
  3. Click on US Lacrosse Central Hub.  This will take you to ...
  4. US Lacrosse Officials (or you may start here)
  5. Scroll down and click on the button "Officials Development Program"
  6. Scroll down and click on the button "Take a Test"
  7. At this point, you will need to sign on (User Name and Password)
  8. Click on "Catalog"
  9. Click on "Officials"
  10. Click on "Annual Rules Exam"
  11. Make certain that you take the two girls exams

There may be an easier path, but this is how I find it!