New High School Lacrosse Rules: Goodbye U Shooters

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Photo Credit: Larry Palumbo

The National Federation for High Schools Sports (NFHS) has released new changes to the high school lacrosse rules for 2015, and many of them echo the moves in the college game. While many of the rules will impact the game in one way or another, one rule will definitely impact a number of players, and that is the 4″ rule for shooting strings. Say goodbye to U and V shooters pretty much across the board at the high school level.

Photo Credit: Larry Palumbo

To be fair, certain leagues, districts, and states don’t use the NFHS rules. While this group of playing schools is in the minority, some do use NCAA rules, and others modify existing NFHS rules to their own tastes. More often than not though, U and V shooters are really a thing of the past.

I find it interesting that the NFHS did not mandate college legal or universal heads. This move would have been costly, and caused an uproar, but I’m curious if it will happen in the future or not. Personally, I think it would be good for the on-field product, but I acknowledge it could hurt people initially in their wallets. For now, the 4″ rule seems like a decent middle ground.

The NFHS stated:

This revision will allow the ball to become dislodged more easily, thus reducing the risk of slashes and cross-checks used to dislodge the ball,” (Kent) Summers said. “This rules change will create more active play and improve passing.

I would tend to agree with that statement.

To read the full NFHS press release on the new high school lacrosse rules, click below.

2015 NHFS High School Lacrosse Rules

Other rules changes include defensive restarts, length of sidewall strings, the aforementioned 4″ rule, minimum players allowed, chief bench officials, ball retention, screens, diving, and wiping out 30 second penalties after a goal is scored.

It’s a lot of info to take in, and if you’re at all interested by, or involved in, the high school lacrosse scene, we recommend you check it out.


  1. I love this move I’ve been having to string alot of kids sticks to be college legal for high school anyway because they want to get used to it before they jump into the college level. I really hope they move to making the universal spec heads the norm sometime in the near future but it remains to be seen. We’ve already witnessed in the college level that this rule doesn’t hurt offensive production or quality so no one should be worrying about high school games being low scoring affairs. Making these rules more in line with the college level will just help those moving to the next level down the road. A win-win.

  2. This is a good move, but they should have gone to the same head specs as NCAA, too. Who cares if it causes an “uproar.” The uproar would only be from people who have been benefitting from ridiculous heads in the first place. As to the cost ? again, so what? Lacrosse is not a cheap sport. Most of these kids buy new heads every year or two anyway. A lacrosse head is far cheaper than a hockey stick, and those things break far more frequently.