High Schools

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!

 


2019 Rules Changes for Girls' Lacrosse

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There are some significant rules changes coming for Girls Lacrosse in 2019.  For an overview of the changes from US Lacrosse and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS), please follow these links:

Click here for the NFHS rules changes

Click here for the US Lacrosse rules changes 

Download 2019 US Lacrosse High School Rules Changes


A Comprehensive Training Process Designed to Produce Consistency for Girls' Lacrosse Umpires

LAX Signal 1 NeutralConsistency in officiating is a primary "demand" in all sports.  Sports officials should strive to be consistent for the sake of coaches, players, and spectators.

SliderLAX has produced a comprehensive training process designed to produce a consistent "product" on the field by Girls' Lacrosse Umpires.

The promotional video is available below.  Manuals, Powerpoint Presentations, and Videos are available on this website. 


2018 Girls Lacrosse Signals for Umpires

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The following videos present the signals used by umpires to communicate during games.

Signals for Minor Fouls (4 minutes)  

Signals for Major Fouls (4 minutes) 

Signals for Violations (2 and 1/2 minutes) 

Signals for Game Management (2 and 1/2 minutes) 

Signals for Crew Communication (2 minutes) 


Kentucky Country Day Repeats as KSLL Girls Lacrosse State Champions

LAX SticksThe 2018 Kentucky Scholastic Lacrosse Leaague Girls Lacrosse State Championship Game was held on Thursday, May 17, at Assumption Green.  Kentucky Country Day School defeated Sacred Heart Academy to repeat as KSLL champions.

The season ended with the following schools as the top five ranked programs according to LAXPower RPI rankings:

  1. Eastern High School, Louisville, Kentucky (KSLL) 21-4, .6776 RPI (90th nationally)
  2. Kentucky Country Day School, Louisville, Kentucky (KSLL) 21-5, .6730 RPI (100th nationally)
  3. Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, Kentucky (KSLL) 23-4, .6539 RPI (164th nationally)
  4. Mercy Academy, Louisville, Kentucky (KSLL)
  5. Woodford County Club Team, Versailles, Kentucky (CL)
  6. Notre Dame Academy, Covington, Kentucky, (KSLL)
  7. duPont Manual High School, Louisville, Kentucky (KSLL)
  8. Ballard High School, Louisville, Kentucky (KSLL)
  9. South Oldham High School, Crestwood, Kentucky (KSLL)
  10. Louisville Collegiate School, Louisville, Kentucky (KSLL)

Final Four Set for the 2018 KSLL Championship

LAX SticksThe final four teams are set for the KSLL Championship.  The semi-finals are to be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at the Assumption Green Athletic Field starting at 5:30pm.  The winners of these two games will meet on Thursday, May 17, 2018, also at Assumption Green at 6pm for the championship game.

One semi-final is Mercy Academy (KSLL District 2 Runner-Up with an 8-5 record)* v. Kentucky Country Day School (District 3 Champion, 19-5). The other semi-final is Eastern High School (District 3 Runner-Up, 21-3) v. Sacred Heart Academy (District 2 Champion, 22-3).

The final four teams are also the top four teams ranked by RPI in the state.

  1. Eastern High School - .6904 RPI, #62 in the nation**
  2. Kentucky Country Day School - .6635 RPI, #129 in the nation
  3. Sacred Heart Academy - .6500 RPI, #177 in the nation
  4. Mercy Academy - .6046 RPI, #418 in the nation

Notes: * All statistics are from LAXPower. **There are 3,454 High School Girls Lacrosse teams in the nation ranked by LAXPower.