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Hot Pot Of Lax: Lacrosse Players Touching Pockets

Lacrosse player touches pocket after goal
What's going on behind the helmet?

Beware, today’s Hot Pot of Lax is Nitpicky!!!!!

This week’s Hot Pot victim: Lacrosse Players touching their pockets after scoring a goal!

When Pull Strings became a major issue in college lacrosse, the rules committee in the NCAA made some changes, and a player is now not allowed to tug on their strings at all during game play, and if a ref asks then for their stick, they are forbidden from touching the pocket again until it has been inspected.  But players touch their pockets almost instantly after scoring, and this all happens before a ref has put their arms down signifying said goal has been scored.

A ref simply can’t ask for a stick fast enough!

I’m not saying that there are a lot of illegal pockets out there, or that guys are adjusting their pockets after scoring goals.  I actually don’t think that’s happening.  And that is why this Hot Pot is a little nitpicky.  At the same time, the NCAA rule about not touching your pocket after a ref has asked to inspect it MUST be there for a reason, right?  It can’t just be something that is thrown in there for fun.  At least I’d hope not.  So if it’s there for a reason, what is the difference between a player touching his pocket after scoring, and touching his pocket after the ref asked him for his stick after scoring?

Lacrosse player touches pocket after goal

What's going on behind the helmet?

If players didn’t touch their pockets after every goal, this wouldn’t be an issue.  But if adjusting your pocket before an inspection is illegal, shouldn’t it just be illegal to adjust your pocket at ALL after a goal?  At any other time in the game, the post-inspection request adjustment should be illegal.  But after a goal, before the ref has ever asked for the stick, the pocket has been touched, so this small rule simply doesn’t work.

Thankfully, the NCAA Rules Committee has shown a great willingness to look at their decisions and make changes.  Hopefully, they take a look at this one and either do away with the rule, or make it effective.



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Connor Wilson

Connor is the Publisher of He lives in Brooklyn with his better half, continues to play and coach both box and field lacrosse in NYC as much as possible, and covers the great game that is lacrosse full-time. He spends his spare time stringing sticks and watching Futurama.

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