The NCAA has released a 30-minute long video which details the new rules, and how they will be interpreted in 2013. The full video can be seen HERE. Below, I tell you what the video covers, and any interesting nuggets you might find.
First off, the video starts out with 14 seconds of highlights from 2012. Put me in a good mood right away. Well done, NCAA!
At the 1:00 minute mark, they dive right into stick specifications and rules. They lay out where goalies are exempted from the rules. One interesting note, is that shafts can not be larger than 3.5″ in circumference, which means that big “donuts” of tape, or big butt ends are out, in addition to all the other changes put forth. Must have missed this one as it seems totally new to me.
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Violate one of these new stick rules and you’ll get stuck with a 3-minute penalty, and you can’t use your stick anymore in that game. Severe!
At the 2:00 mark, the video goes through the stick check specifications, and how refs will conduct their tests for legality. Violations here also result in a 3-minute penalty, and the stick being removed from the game.
The 3-minute mark features 20 seconds explaining how the horn is gone. Simple, I guess!
At the 3:30 mark, the video hits up the new face off rules. This includes contrasting tape on FoGo’s shafts, violation penalties, and how a 30 second penalty will be served by the in-home player if more than 2 violations are accumulated in one half. Around the 5 minute mark, they show how touching the plastic and pinning an opponent should be called more tightly.
This portion of the video also focuses on grabbing the ball, violations that do not count towards the team accumulation in a half, and how changes must come from alignment, thus all the focus on position and touching. At the 8:20 mark, they do a great job of showing what must happen if a face off player false starts and then plays defense. At the 8:50 mark, man down teams can not bring players up to the wing.
At the 9 minute mark, the video goes into quick restarts, and how they will be implemented. Restarts for goalies, out of bounds play, offense, table play, end line, and more are covered from there until the 13:45 mark. These are big changes, but they seem like they create opportunities for gamesmanship, transition play, and goals.
At that point, the video explains how stalling will work. WATCH THIS section of the video. 13:50 to 20:20 mark. Stall warnings literally could not have been done any worse than they were in the past, so I’m excited to see how this plays out. It is probably not perfect, but it’s an attempt to improve a broken system. One note here is that the new rules seem incredibly complex. I think some simplification is needed, and could be seen, especially here.
At the 20:20 mark, the video gives examples of cross checks. After two minutes of them showing us what a crosscheck is, we move on to contact to the head at the 22:20 mark. Body checking is still part of the game. You just can’t bang some guy in the head. It’s a fine line, and this is more of a clarification than a change.
At the 24:25 mark, they go into being properly dressed for the game. Buckle up that chin strap, fellas. Then we get right into moving picks. The dressing segue was a weird one. This goes on until the 26 minute mark.
The video then goes into mechanics of officiating, signaling calls, and how crews should cover games in terms of lead and trail officials, etc. This continues until the 28:30 mark, where the video gets into sideline behavior expectations. Then it ends!
Overall, it’s very informative. I’m sure we’ll still see some problems and grey areas, but this video does a lot to clear some things up, and show how the new rules will work in the Spring.
For D1 NCAA lacrosse talk, check out our Alphabetical 2013 NCAA D1 Preview posts for Air Force, Albany, Army, Bellarmine, Binghamton, Brown, Bryant, Bucknell, Canisius, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Denver, Detroit, Drexel, Duke, Fairfield, and Georgetown!