While I understand that the constant shot clock system is effectively in place in Major League Lacrosse, my biggest gripe with implementing a constant shot clock in college lacrosse is that college lacrosse simply isn’t professional lacrosse. In the same way that there are rule distinctions between college football and the NFL or college basketball and the NBA (e.g. 5 fouls in college vs. 6 fouls in the NBA), there needs to be some distinction because in the end the two are not meant to be the exact same versions of their sport and because the athletes tend to be, on average, that much bigger and better.
The 30 second shot clock after a stall seems to be appropriate for college lacrosse, at least at this stage, because it (hopefully) will speed up the game as requested by many while not drastically altering the landscape of college lacrosse. If, after this system has been tested and used, it appears that the 30 second post-stall count is not effective, then a discussion into a constant shot clock would be appropriate. However, I still believe a distinction between the college and professional game would be necessary, and to accomplish this the constant shot clock would need to be on the longer side, somewhere in the 2-3 minute range.]]>