How to Choose a Lacrosse Stick
PARTS OF YOUR LACROSSE STICK
- The head is the top part of your lacrosse stick and it can be purchased strung or unstrung.
- The bottom “handle” of your stick is the shaft.
- Some players customize their game with individual heads and shafts. Complete sticks feature both a strung head and the shaft.
PROPER STICK LENGTHS BY PLAYER
Stick length measurements refers to the combined head and shaft length.
- Attack and midfielders need a short stick measuring between 40 and 42 inches.
- Defensive and midfield players should try a longer shaft of 52 to 72 inches.
- Goalies can have a stick between 40 and 72 inches based on their preference.
- Youth players need a stick they can handle comfortably. Choose the stick that fits them regardless of position.
LACROSSE STICK SHAFT
- Modern shafts, sometimes referred to as “handles,” are typically made of hollow metal.
- Most lacrosse shafts are made of aluminum, titanium, scandium, alloys or carbon fiber composite.
- They are usually octagonal and some come with texture to provide a better grip.
- The open end of the hollow shaft must be covered with tape or an end cap made of rubber.
- The head of the stick is usually attached to the shaft with a screw to keep it in place.
- Choosing the shaft material comes down to personal preference. Titanium shafts are typically the strongest and aluminum shafts usually are the most lightweight. Scandium shafts offer a balance between the two.
- Composite shafts stay at a consistent temperature outdoors.
LACROSSE STICK HEAD
- NCAA Head: Legal under NCAA rules only. These heads meet the minimum width measurements allowed by the NCAA and are not legal under NFHS and youth lacrosse rules.
- NFHS Head: Legal for NFHS (high school) and youth lacrosse.
- Universal Head: Legal for play at all levels of lacrosse (NCAA/High School/Youth). These heads meet both the NCAA 2010 and the current NFHS width measurements.
- The head of the goalie’s stick is much larger and may be 10 to 12 inches wide under US Lacrosse and NCAA rules.
- The side portion of the head may not be more than 2 inches tall in any league.
- For legal play, the pocket depth must pass this simple text: When a lacrosse ball is placed in the pocket, the top edge of the ball must not sit deeper than the lowermost edge of the sidewall.
LACROSSE STICK POCKET TYPES
Lacrosse sticks come with either a traditional woven pocket or a mesh pocket. Heads are either strung or unstrung.
- Mesh pockets are the most commonly used pockets. They are made of nylon webbing woven into the side of the pocket and require few adjustments.
- Goalies tend to prefer mesh because it reduces rebounds.
- A stiffer pocket is more accurate for shooting or passing but provides less control while running and moving.
- Traditional pockets consist of nylon laces woven around 4 adjustable leather straps, which can adjust to fit any type of shot.
- Pocket depth deeper pocket provides more feel and ball control, while a shallower pocket gives you a quicker release.
- Ball-control players who do a lot of short passing and dodging should use a deep pocket.
- Fast-break players who tend to pass the ball over longer areas should use a shallower pocket.
When using a new lacrosse head, make sure the pocket is broken in before play. In the men’s game, breaking in pockets is largely a personal preference. For an ideal fit, adjust the shooting strings and throw it a few times until it feels right with your release and then tie shooters.
LACROSSE SHOOTING STRINGS
Shooting strings are positioned horizontally near the top of the stick’s head and affect the ball’s balance and direction. Three or four shooting strings, commonly hockey skate laces, are used to make a smooth path for the ball to run out of the pocket while nylon strings are used for a “crisper” feel.
The shooting strings determine whether your shot will have “whip,” which determines the angle of the ball leaving the head. The more whip in your stick, the lower the ball goes when you throw it. Typically, attack players would want more whip.
HELPFUL HINTS FOR BEGINNERS
- To learn how to throw properly, find a stick that has a wide face for easier catching and flat scoop for ground ball pickups.
- Wide head makes it easier to master the fundamentals.
- Aluminum shafts tend to be more durable.
- New players should check with their coach to see if their head needs to be broken in before play
- A short stick is used by both attack and midfield players and is much easier to control than a long stick. Its short length makes it easier to dodge defenders and score in a “tight” situation.
- The long stick is primarily used by defenders, which makes it much easier to poke check and keep the offensive player further away. Goalie sticks have a much larger head that makes it easier to assist in blocking shots.
- More advanced players will want to use a lacrosse head that allows for more intricate adjustments. This will allow the player to adjust the stick to fit a changing playing style. One aspect of the lacrosse stick that can be adjusted from player to player is pocket depth. Deeper pockets allow for better ball control and shallower pockets are best for quicker release. A player’s pocket depth is up to their personal preference.
Lacrosse Penalties – Beginner Lacrosse
Lacrosse Penalties for Beginners
This page provides information on common lacrosse penalties & fouls. Beginners and intermediate players should know these penalties in order to avoid putting their team at a disadvantage (as penalties often result in loss of the ball and/or in man-down situations). However, please be aware that lacrosse penalties vary between youth, high school and college play. In addition, lacrosse referees tend to be quicker to call penalties with younger players in order to avoid injuries.
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Penalties by Age Group – For specific rules regarding lacrosse penalties by age group and for the time length of penalties, please visit the links below:
Common Penalties & Fouls for Beginners
- Cross Checking – When a player hits an opposing player with the middle of his shaft and the player’s hands are wide apart.
- Holding – Impeding an opposing player’s movement.
- Illegal Body Checking – There are numerous variations of this penalty but they focus on illegal body hits (i.e. a player using their body to strike an opposing player’s back). Moreover, all body checks are illegal for younger players.
- Illegal Screen – This is like a moving pick in basketball.
- Illegal Sticks & Equipment – Penalties are called with equipment and sticks that do not meet standard specifications. Examples include pockets that are too deep (because it is harder to dislodge a ball from an illegal deep pocket), sticks that are too short (because it is easier to protect the ball in an illegally short stick), etc.
- Interference – Interfering with the goalie while in the crease or the movement of an opposing player who does not have the ball.
- Mouthguard Violation – Referees, especially in youth games, call penalties if the player is missing a mouthguard or it is dangling out of their mouth. Mouthguards need to be in a player’s mouth in order to reduce the potential for injury.
- Offsides – When too many players go over the midfield line (i.e. a defender carries the ball over the midfield line and a middie on the same team does not stay back on the defensive side of the field).
- Pushing – Pushing can be called with possession (when the player is pushed over when holding the ball) or a lesser penalty is pushing without possession.
- Slashing – Hitting an opposing player with a lacrosse stick somewhere not on the gloves or stick (i.e. hitting them with a stick on the head or back).
- Tripping – When a player purposely trips another player (i.e. putting his stick between the legs of the opposing player).
- Unnecessary Roughness – When a player uses excessive force.
- Unsportsmanlike Conduct – When a player or coach does something “unsportsmanlike” (i.e. spitting on another player, taunting a losing team, etc.).
- Warding – When a player moves his arm to block an opposing player’s stick check.
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The Lacrosse Goalie Rules | Lax Goalie Rat
For new players or parents who are unfamiliar with the sport of lacrosse, the rules can seem tricky. There are so many little rules here and there that its hard even for experienced players to fully comprehend them all.
When it comes to goalies there are also some specific rules that govern how we go about our business.
The purpose of this post is to give you an introduction to the rules that pertain to lacrosse goalies.
Different Organizations with Different Rules
The first thing to note is that the rules depend on which league you’re playing in and whether its men’s or women’s lacrosse.
For example, here are the different organizations that each have their own set of rules:
- Major League Lacrosse – Rules
- NCAA – Women’s Rules / Men’s Rules
- NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) – Only printed versions available
- Youth Lacrosse (U-14) – Girl’s Rules / Boy’s Rules
- FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) – Men’s Rules / Women’s Rule
The good part is most rules pertaining to the goalie are pretty standard across all organizing bodies. But there are a few differences that I’ll try to touch on throughout this post.
I’m not claiming to be an expert in every league’s rules both male and female. So if you see some discrepancy, please leave me a comment down below so I can get it corrected.
Goal Crease Privileges
The goalie is given certain privileges when it comes to the crease.
No opposing player may make contact with the goalkeeper or his crosse while the goalkeeper is within the goal-crease area, regardless of whether the goalkeeper has the ball in his possession. An attacking player may reach within the crease area to play a loose ball as long as he does not make contact with the goalkeeper or the goalkeeper’s crosse.
This means a goalie cannot be contacted while fully inside of the crease.
If you think of the crease an imaginary cylinder that extends upwards to the sky, as long as you are inside the cylinder you cannot be contacted.
An attackman can attempt to scoop up a loose ball in the crease but cannot make contact with the goalie’s stick nor body.
So remember if you are inside of the imaginary cylinder you cannot be contacted.
If contact does occur, the refs will yell “Play On”, meaning play continues and if the goalie’s team escapes with the ball no call is made. Otherwise, possession is awarded to the goalie’s team.
Keep in mind these rules only protect the designated goalie. If a defender or middie has the ball in the crease they can be checked, business as usual.
When the goalkeeper is in his own crease area, any portion of the goalkeeper’s crosse extended outside the cylinder of the crease area, but not the goalkeeper’s body, is subject to being checked under the same circumstances as the crosse of any other player, except when the ball is in his crosse.
Let’s dig into this rule.
First, if you have possession of the ball and are in the crease, neither the goalie’s stick nor body can be checked.
Here “in the crease” means just one foot in the crease. To be “out of the crease” a goalie’s stick and body must be 100% outside the crease. Note that if you have one foot out of the crease and lift the other foot in the air, you’re considered to be out of the crease.
If you have at least one foot in the crease, attackman may check your stick if it’s outside the crease cylinder while going for a loose ball but cannot check your body.
If the goalie’s stick goes outside the cylinder with no possession of the ball, it can be checked. So if both feet are in the crease but you’re trying to scoop a ground ball outside the crease, the stick can be checked.
A veteran goalie trick after a making a 1×1 save with the ball in your stick is to dangle it in front of the attackman you just stuffed for an extra second. The majority of the time they check your stick and give your team an instant free clear.
This protection also applies to a goalie’s follow through on a outlet pass. Even if the riding attackman stands completely motionless, if the natural follow-through causes contact, that’s a violation.
I emphasize natural because if a goalie is trying to draw the contact and the attackman doesn’t move, it won’t be called.
Same as the first section, a violation results in a “Play On”, play continues and if the goalie’s team does not retain possession, play is stopped and possession awarded to the goalie’s team.
The goalie may stop or block the ball in any manner with his crosse or body, and he may block the ball or bat it away with his hand. When the ball is on the ground and within the crease, whether moving or at rest, he may bat or direct the ball with his hand. He may not close his hand on the ball; thus he may not catch the ball with his hand, nor may he pick the ball up with his hand. He or any member of the defending team may receive a pass while in the crease area
Goalies can use any part of their body to make a save, including the free hand. As the rule states, you cannot catch the ball or pick it up and put it in your crosse.
That means a save like this is legal (and totally awesome) –
4 Seconds / 10 Seconds In the Crease
Once gaining possession, the goalie has 4 seconds (men) or 10 seconds (female) to either leave the crease or throw a pass.
The goalkeeper or any other player of the defending team may receive a pass while in the crease area. In that case the 4 second or 10 second count starts again.
If the ball is inadvertently dropped and picked up, a new count begins. If the ball is purposefully dropped, a new count does not begin.
Once the goalie or a defender leaves the crease with possession, he/she may not re-enter with possession of the ball or else the ball is awarded to the other team.
Goalie Equipment Rules
Here are the rules related to stick length –
The head must measure between 10 – 12 inches at its widest point with sidewalls no bigger than 2 inches. Measured top to bottom the goalie’s head cannot exceed 16.5 inches. You can be sure all standard lacrosse goalie heads are going to conform to these rules or else they’d be out of business pretty quick.
FIL rules state the goalie stick head must measure head 6 – 15 inches at the widest point. Any FIL goalies taking advantage of the larger goalie head allowance?
A goalie must use a chest protector, a protective cup, a mouth piece, and a throat guard.
By rule, throat protectors must be specifically designed for lacrosse. That said, I’ve seen some goalies use ice hockey throat protectors and it wasn’t an issue. But use it at your risk.
Shoulder pads, Arm pads, shin guards, goalie pants, or football pants are optional but must not increase the size of the limb (i.e. no field or ice hockey shin guards).
Specialized lacrosse goalie gloves can be of any color. Doesn’t need to match the colors of team’s gloves.
Other Goalie Related Rules
Here are some additional rules which might be helpful to understand.
Only Goalies Can Save Shots
In the attempt to limit injuries, non-goalies are NOT allowed to act as the goalie in the event the goalie is out of the crease. The only player who can attempt to block a shot is a legally equipped goalkeeper.
So if A1 shoots while B1 goalie is away from the crease and B2 steps into the crease to block the shot. That’s a violation.
It’s a play-on until the shot comes to its normal conclusion. If it’s B2’s first violation no time served. Any subsequent violation on B2 will result in 1:00 releasable foul.
Play Stopped for Broken Goalie Equipment
If a goalie’s stick or equipment becomes damaged or broken during play he/she can notify an official and play should be stopped. If a goalie shows the ref AFTER a goal that equipment is broken the goal still stands.
Intentionally breaking equipment (would any goalie seriously do this?) or falsely claiming broken equipment in the attempt to stop the play is a 2-minute unreleasable penalty.
Stuck Ball in the Crease
If at any point the ball becomes stuck in a players crosse the official shall stop play immediately and award the ball to the opposing team.
This does NOT apply to the goalie. If she/he is within his goal-crease area at the time the ball becomes stuck. In this case, a defensive player shall be awarded the ball laterally outside the goal area.
One Goalie at all Times
Each team must have 1 goalie (with full goalie gear) on the field at all times.
This is why at the end of the game you cannot substitute out the goalie in favor of a better defending middie in a full ride situation.
No Grace Period
Back when I played the goalie was a given a grace period to return to the goal. So after you chased out a shot, they waited a few extra seconds while you got back into the crease.
Such is no longer the case. There shall be no grace period for the goalkeeper to return to the crease regardless of where the ball is restarted.
Goalies can be called to slashing or illegal body checks just like normal players. In fact that’s how I ended getting my 1st ever save when our starting goalie was called for a slashing penalty and I came in.
During timeouts or between periods, a coach may enter the field for the sole purpose of warming up a goalkeeper.
Girl Goalies Cannot Score
In the men’s game a goalie can sprint the length of the field and score. In fact it’s one of the most excited play you see in lacrosse:
Girl goalies cannot score. Once they leave the crease they’re considered a field player and the goalie stick, with its deep pocket, is illegal for a “field player”.
They can do assists but no goals for female goalies. We need to get this rule changed asap!
Goalie Rule Scenarios
Let’s go through some scenarios to understand what the ruling would be.
A loose ball is on the ground in the crease or is in the air above the crease. Team B’s goalkeeper, who also is in the crease, uses his hand to bat the ball into his crosse or out of the crease.
RULING: Legal play. Goalies can bat the ball with their hands. Female goalies can bat the ball with their hand while in the crease so still a legal play.
A loose ball is in the crease. The Team B goalkeeper picks up the ball with his hand and puts the ball in his crosse.
RULING: Technical foul. Goalies cannot pickup the ball. The ball is awarded to Team A outside the attack area.
Goalkeeper B1, after making a save, passes the ball to B2. B2 passes back to B1 in the crease.
RULING: Legal play.
Goalkeeper B1, with possession of the ball, extends his crosse outside the crease and still has one or both feet in the crease when A1 checks his crosse.
RULING: Interference, play-on.
A loose ball is in the crease. Goalkeeper B1 has his crosse over the ball and is about to rake the ball. A1 checks through B1’s crosse from the front, claiming he was playing a loose ball.
RULING: Interference by A1, play-on. A goalie in the crease cannot be contacted.
A loose ball is in the crease. Goalkeeper B1 has his crosse over the ball and is about to rake the ball. From the side of the crease, A1 pokes his crosse at the ball; and, as B1 draws the goalkeeper’s crosse back, contact is made with A1’s crosse.
RULING: Interference by A1, play-on.
Loose ball in front of the crease. Goalkeeper B1 reaches out and gains possession of the ball. A1 checks B1’s crosse while it is still outside the crease.
RULING: Interference, play-on.
The goalkeeper is in the crease, making a pass to begin his clear. The goalkeeper’s crosse collides with the crosse of A1, who is standing on the edge of the crease with his crosse in a covering position, thus causing the ball to drop to the ground.
RULING: Interference by A1, play-on. The goalkeeper, while clearing from the crease, has protection on passes for clear, regardless of whether the attack player moves his crosse. Play continues or award the ball to Team B at the center of the field.
A loose ball is in the crease. A1 covers the ball to rake it back. Goalkeeper B1 checks A1’s crosse.
RULING: No interference. Legal play.
A loose ball is in the crease. A1 bats the ball with his crosse, the ball enters the goal and then contact is made with goalkeeper B1’s crosse.
RULING: Legal goal—no interference. Contact occurs after play has ended.
A loose ball is in the crease. A1 bats the ball with his crosse, but the ball is still loose in the crease. Contact is then made with goalkeeper B1’s crosse.
RULING: Interference, play-on.
A1 is in possession of the ball on the edge of the crease. A1 breaks the plane of the goal with his shot, and then contact is made with goalkeeper B1’s crosse or body, the goal or the net.
RULING: Legal goal. Contact occurs after play has ended.
While team A is in possession, goalkeeper B1 drops his crosse.
RULING: Play does not stop for a dropped goalkeeper crosse, only a broken one, so B1 must retrieve his crosse. If B1 plays on without a crosse, he is guilty of illegal procedure.
The ball is loose outside the Blue crease. The Blue goalkeeper, his feet within the crease, begins to rake the ball back. Before the ball touches the goal crease, a Red attacker checks the goalkeeper’s stick
Ruling: Legal play. A goalie’s stick can be checked if outside the crease and without possession.
The ball is loose outside the Blue crease. The Blue goalkeeper, his feet within the crease, begins to rake the ball back. As the ball touches the crease, a Red attacker checks the goalkeeper’s crosse.
Ruling: Illegal play. Technical foul, as the goalkeeper is considered to be in possession when the ball is being raked back within the crease. The Red attacker serves 30 seconds.
The Blue goalkeeper, with his feet in the crease, is clearing the ball. A Red attacker is holding his crosse motionless outside the cylinder in a covering position. Before the Blue goalkeeper releases the ball, the crosses collide.
RULING: Technical foul, as the goalkeeper has the protection of the crease when clearing, whether the attacker moves his crosse or not.
Goalkeeper B1 makes a save, takes one step out of the crease, raises his rear foot off the ground in the crease and then places his rear foot down to the ground in the crease.
RULING: The ball is awarded to Team A outside the attack area. The goalkeeper is considered to have left and re-entered the crease while the ball was in his possession.
Goalkeeper B1 makes a save. When out of the crease, A1 legally checks B1 back into the crease, while he is still in possession of the ball.
RULING: The ball is awarded to Team A outside the attack area. Goalie cannot re-enter the crease with possesion.
Goalkeeper B1, after making a save, passes the ball to B2. B2 passes back to B1 in the crease.
RULING: Legal play. As a goalie you cannot re-enter the crease with possession once you leave it. You can however receive a pass from a teammate back into the crease. This rule doesn’t quite make sense to me. You can re-enter the crease via air but not via foot? Oh well.
Understanding all of the rules that pertain to lacrosse goalies is important so you know what rights you have in the crease.
I’ve never officiated the game so I’m definitely not an expert on the rules. If you see any errors, please let me know via the comments down below.
Until next time! Coach Damon
Any rules missing? Or see any mistakes in the rules I listed? Leave a comment down below.
Rules | World Lacrosse
As the international governing body for lacrosse, World Lacrosse is responsible for the rules of Men’s and Women’s (10 a-side), Men’s Indoor Lacrosse and the new small-sided game (6 a-side). Additionally, World Lacrosse also endorses rules developed for Wheelchair and Mixed Lacrosse.
The Rules for each of the approved games are overseen by separate Rules Sub-Committees for each, with the World Lacrosse Chair of Rules having oversight of the change process. Member nations are invited to propose rule changes for consideration. Rule Change requests can be made by completing the Rule Change Form and send to World Lacrosse.
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How to Propose Rule Changes
World Lacrosse encourages its athletes, coaches, officials and National Governing Bodies to play an active part in the creation and evolution of the playing rules across all forms of the international game.
To this end, we ask Full Members who wish to propose a potential new rule, change to an existing rule, or to provide guidance for any rule, to please use the Rule Change Proposal to Committee Form
The proposal will need to be completed in full, have the necessary endorsements and shall be submitted in line with the published deadlines below in order that it may be considered by the relevant rules committee.
The following disciplines will be accepting Rule Change Proposals for consideration in 2021
- Women Rules
- Indoor Rules
- Six v Six Rules
- Harmonized Rule Changes impacting two or more disciplines
Rule Changes for Men’s Lacrosse can be submitted in 2021 however, they will not be considered until 2022.
2021 Rule Change Timelines
Deadline for open submission of rules changes to Committee from National Governing Bodies to the World Lacrosse Rules Committee
Friday 9th April 2021
Member Webinars to present proposed changes
(Exact Date to be advised)
Proposed Rule changes to the Board
Tuesday 6th July 2021
Circulation of the rule change proposals to the National Governing Bodies
Tuesday 10th August 2021
Should you have any questions or require further clarification, in the first instance please contact Brent Nowicki – World Lacrosse Rules Chair [email protected] sport.
We thank you the members in advance for your interest and involvement in helping to shape rules to grow and develop lacrosse now, and into the future.
Reactions to the New NCAA Stick Stringing Rules
With the NCAA’s announcement that the new stick stringing rules were passed, ILGear.com reached out to a wide range of individuals in the lacrosse world to get as many reactions as possible to the new regulations, which were passed along with some other elements of the original proposals that came through back in early August, some of which were altered just a few weeks ago.
From current and former players to coaches, from high-profile stick doctors to officials, the changes to what a college lacrosse player is allowed top do with his stick’s pocket have created some buzz. Here’s what is being said throughout the sport:
University of Virginia coach Dom Starsia: “We’ve found that the new stick stringing rules have not made much of a difference to the play on the field. The players all expressed some angst early on but quickly got used to the new stringing. I have not noticed an appreciable difference in our stick skills and the players now seem comfortable. I believe the main intent of the new rule was to be able to dislodge the ball more easily and, frankly, I have not noticed any difference in this area also. I would reserve final judgement until the spring, when everything seems to ratchet up to a new level.”
Denver University coach Bill Tierney: “Our take here in Denver is, ‘it’s about time.’ We suddenly have most players throwing overhand, accurate passes. We have attackmen and offensive middies learning to dodge with their heads up while protecting their stick, because they know a solid check could dislodge the ball. Shooters with huge bags, looking for velocity only and missing the goal by a mile, instead of working on their accuracy, is veering toward a thing of the past. The 4-inch rule leaves plenty of room for three shooting strings and the top stick stringers have already found solutions. Many are overlooking the back-of-the-stick inspection that the referees must now incorporate. This rule will create more illegal stick penalties than the shooting strings. Players really have to make sure their sidewall strings don’t cause the ball to stay in the back of their stick during this procedure. Thankfully, passing is now a first resort, not last. The new stick rules along with the changes in the pace of play, will only enhance the game. For some, it will take a while to get adjusted, but in the long run, it will be so much better for the game and those who play it. We have instructed the young players in our Denver Elite club program, to start stringing their sticks correctly, so they can enhance their catching, passing and shooting skills relying on their effort, not their stringing. For the spectator who thought lacrosse was getting boring, the new stick rules could play a part in helping creating more excitement. Hopefully, a move to a full shot clock in a couple years will complete the cycle. ”
Dave Pinciaro, longtime NCAA and Major League Lacrosse official: “In regards to the stick stringing rules, it should really have very little impact on our actual checks. The 4-inch measurement will be looked at as we measure the stick as we normally would. The big impact on the players is now that if the stick is strung illegally, it will now be out for the rest of the game. In the past, it could be fixed; now it cannot.”
“What will have an impact on our stick checks will be the increased pace of the game. We will still be doing our six random stick checks, but we may need to do more after goals are scored. We will still do that at the end of the quarters and during timeouts as we have done in the past. The actual stick check procedure will still take us the same time as in past years.”
3d Lacrosse Founder and CEO Jamie Munro (former NCAA Division I head coach, current ESPN analyst): “Sticks and stringing is a very personal and cool part of the game. The NCAA committee has infringed on the rights of players to create their own pocket that’s best for them. That said, the majority of youth players have pockets that do not allow them to be accurate; (why trade hold for points?). I don’t believe the rule change is going to make it that much easier for defensive players to dislodge the ball, but I do think the rule change may have a positive effect on the players’ own ability to get the ball out of their sticks quickly and accurately. For the past 2 years many of Denver’s best youth players have used Player’s Bench Scott Q’s string job (which happens to be NCAA legal) and is very similar to what I’ve seen in Ontario minor lacrosse players: the result is accurate passing, plenty of hold, and quick release shooting. In the end, the NCAA’s rule change might help a passing game get back to it’s roots.”
Peter Baum, 2012 Tewaaraton Trophy winner: “I think even prior to the official announcement that the rule change related to the stick stringing had passed, everyone pretty much felt that it was a done deal, and therefore, we have been practicing with the new rules in mind since the beginning of fall ball. Taking away the ‘U’ and making all shooting strings no more than 4 inches from the top of the head has definitely been an interesting change. To my knowledge, the committee’s intent was to create a rule that would allow the ball to be more easily dislodged from attackers’ sticks, creating more fast breaks, up tempo games, etc. This certainly has not been the case from what we have seen thus far. The ball is not coming out more, but rather, it really has just created a challenge for guys who have played with the same stringing style for years, and essentially learned to pass and shoot with that stringing style. As a team we’ve been diligently working to find something we can all feel comfortable with, but it definitely will take some time. Ultimately, I think this Spring we might see less long-range goals, less guys able to really bring it coming down the alley, and certainly less of those exciting toe drags and face dodges that some players really rely on. That said, I think it is like any other change, and can be adapted to in time, so that is something we will just have to work towards as the season approaches. “
West Genesee HS coach Mike Messere: “At this point, we don’t know if the rule will be changed for HS. A lot of times, there’s a one-year wait to see if a rule works out in college before they try it at the high school level, so we don’t know yet. The U or the V, whatever you want to call it, that basically originated here with (Syracuse assistant coach) Kevin Donahue and some of the other guys in his time started using it too. With our kids (at West Genesee), if they can’t pass, we make them adjust their sticks. If they can’t pass, they are asked to go do work on it. So we’re not going to be hurt by it here because whether they have that in their pocket or not, if they can’t pass, they can’t play. But it’s funny how kids are. Even my kids, they always find a way. Every once in a while, somthing new comes along. In my day, with wooden sticks, it was tilting the (gut) stoppers back or putting a dip in the middle of the stopper so the ball would kind of sit behind it a bit. It’s like an ongoing process. Kids are creative so they’ll find something else.”
“But I think it ‘s a good rule, especially tipping the stick upside down and then on the back. Some players use heavier string than just sidewall, so they would have to make sure that when (the officials) put the ball in backwards, it will come out. But the idea of putting the stick at 90-degrees, that will prevent kids from having those big hooks. I like some of the things I’ve read. I agree that it will force the kids to do the right thing, and they’ll have to work hard to do it right, not because of a trick. It’s tough trying to get everyone to use a similar stick because everyone is different. But without that big hook, it’ll allow you to pass a lot better and not have to try to flick it.”
“We’ve actually been getting kids to move away from traditional. You can’t rely on it up here because of the weather. I used it with wood stick years, and I loved it. And traditional is better. It has a better feel. But one muddy game now, and you and you’re stick are out. It’s not worth it. So we have encouraged the players to go away from it because it wasn’t helping us. They loved it, but weather made it too difficult to work with. With mesh, we like the passing.”
ILGear.com contributor/stick doctor Erik Lemelbaum of Lacrosse Unlimited: “Contrary to popular opinion I am for the changes in the pocket this year. Placing the shooters higher and thus eliminating the V and the U does in fact reduce the level of hold in the stick. Switching to traditional will help with hold and improve the feel of the ball; but lets be clear that it is not a total solution to the problems caused by the changes. Bottom line: this rule change was done for a reason. No matter what kind of pocket you use, this change will force the modern lacrosse player to be more disciplined with the ball and use his feet and athleticism to avoid losing the ball, not a huge bag to run through five people. Players are going to have to play a more ‘up and down’ game with their stick as opposed to the toe dragging super swing style in the past. The best of all is the potential return of the pure ‘takeaway defender.’ I’m a lifelong attackman/midfielder and can’t wait for this possibility. Overall, this rule change is going to be hard on the current college player but it will be better for the game.”
ILGear.com contributor/stick doctor Shaun “Kaz” Kazimer (also manager of Lacrosse Unlimited in Fayetteville, NY): “It’s going to separate the actual lacrosse player from the athlete. Now you will have to have skill and knowledge of the game beyond just being a big strong frame. You will also now see more accurate passing and shooting because there isnt as much lip in the sticks. Going to be nice to see.
“D men will once again have a better opportunity to take the ball away from guys when they throw a great check. There is always loop holes to the stringing that will still create that ‘stuck-in’ feeling, so it will be a matter of who takes the time to string a stick a few times to find that hold they are looking for and how many different ways people come up with to beat the rule. … It’s not a bad idea for the game because of the huge advantage the O currently gets over the D.”
ILGear.com contributor/stick doctor Matt Simpson: “Let me start out by saying I am a fan of the goal of the stringing rules modification. There is no shortage of people recommending ways to speed up the pace of play, and in my opinion, rightly so. Further, I do believe that a large component of the current slow state of play lives in modern stick design, and an approach to remedy ‘stall ball’ by looking at the pocket is a large step in the right direction. Unfortunately, this is where the rules committee and I stop agreeing. There are several diagrams and articles out there now that define the new requirements, so I’ll not rehash that here, but I will reiterate the theme: Hold is not created by shooting strings. Legislating depth or dimension of shooters to regulate hold is a non-factor. Regulating the color of butt ends would be as effective.”
“There are two issues that are surprising and disappointing to me. First is that with all of the resources available, apparently no thought was given to actually consulting stringers, at least not any using modern techniques. If they had, the new rule wouldn’t have made it out of committee. Second, there is a TERRIFIC model for prescribing how the pocket should be made just one gender over. I am not saying that we should move to girls’ pockets, but it is clear that a concise description of a playable, passable, not ridiculously ‘holdy’pocket can be written. Obviously there isn’t a model for mesh in the girls rule book, but it wouldn’t be hard to write.”
“The reality of ‘hold’ in the modern pocket lives in both the modern ‘keyhole’ head and in stringing technique. Any mediocre stringer can put a modern pocket in even the most primitive head and generate unreasonable hold. The most mediocre pocket can be quite retentive in a maximum offset, narrow sidewall, pinched head. If the rules committee really wants to attack the pace of play question by addressing the stick and pocket, then cosmetic changes to shooting strings are not enough. The path to the fast-paced game we remember is dependent on the pocket, not in the face off or the substitution box. We played that way because we had to. Limit depth, pinch, and offset to match the period we remember, and the pace of play will follow.”
ILGear.com contributor/stick doctor Heeyoung Leem (also a player at MCLA’s Chapman University): “I do not think this rule will make too much of a difference in play. The issue of not being able to knock the ball out is better stick handling, due to a more balanced stick and the offset. Furthermore, a good stringer can string a pocket with enough whip to match a player’s preference. Whether that is with leathers or simple mesh, it doesn’t matter. The only problem for a player I see is if they like a low pocket with a lot of whip or a low pocket with a quick release.”
“It will only affect players and coaches that THINK this will make a difference. At Chapman, we’ve been practicing with the 4-inch rule for a while. The only real difference I saw was on the first day when people were getting used to their new sticks (and lucky for me, a couple switched over to custom traditional pockets). Like a said before, it will only affect players and coaches that think it will make a difference, which isn’t bad or good. Maybe they will have a more ‘box-like’ offense with picks and rolls rather than hard dodges.”
“Another thing is for certain: particular meshes will definitely be phased out, maybe Monster Meshes or even 20 MM (I’ve been having good luck with 20 mm meshes, however it might have a tendency to get illegal). As for the testing of the pocket: it is absurd, inverting the pocket to see if the ball falls out is trying to judge a length of a bus while the bus is facing you.”
ILGear.com contributor Greg Kenneally of East Coast Mesh: “I feel that the new 4-stringing rule will not help improve the speed of the game. Stringers will be able to find a way to have a stick that performs and holds just as well as their previous sticks that made use of V’s and U’s. There are various stringing techniques to achieve the same results when it comes to stringing. I think that a much more appropriate change would have been to disallow the use of X6 or ‘college-only’ legal heads. These heads measure 3 inches through the throat and only 6 inches at the scoop. This allows for a very pinched head that holds the ball really well. If only X spec heads (high school and college legal) were allowed, players would use a wider head which may lead to more turnovers. Then players who have used the same stringing style for their entire lives would have to make such a drastic change. I estimate that only about 5% of current NCAA players will be able to maintain their current stringing style. This change effects many more players in a much greater way than I think the NCAA intended or predicted.”
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5 Things to Know About New 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Head Regulations
Know the latest NCAA lacrosse rules for stringing your lax head in 2013.
In September of 2012, the NCAA announced plans to update and change a number of lacrosse regulations, all of which go into effect at the start of the 2013 season. For some, this might be old news, but I’ve found that many parents and players are still unaware of, or confused by the changes.
So here’s what you need to know;
1. Shooting strings can no longer extend more than 4″ from the top of the crosse.
Basically, this rule attempts to prevent really low shooters, and makes any V or U shooting strings illegal, restricting players to two basic two cross shooting strings. This ruling may seem frustrating, since most players are used to stringing their lacrosse heads with a V or U shooting string, but the NCAA’s aim was to prevent unfair pocket hold, and not directly outlaw V stringing.
2. Only one sidewall string is allowed on each side of the head.
This rule keeps additional strings off the sidewalls, reducing excess hold on the ball.
3. All lacrosse sticks are subject to a reverse pocket test.
When any pocket is stick-checked, in addition to tipping the crosse forward and backward, referees must also ensure that the ball can come out of any pocket, when placed in the back of the pocket, and pushed in to create a reverse pocket.
Refs will hold the lacrosse shaft parallel to the ground, face down, and then push the pocket through to create a reverse of the pocket. With the ball in the deepest part of the reverse pocket, the ball must come out when turned 180 degrees.
4. Any lacrosse stick deemed illegal during a game cannot be used again in the game.
If any lacrosse stick fails a random stick check, the team gets a 1 minute foul, and the stick is kept at the scorer’s table until the game is over. This is different than previous rulings, which allowed a player to fix his pocket, to meet regulations, and then return the stick to play.
5. All of these rules currently only apply to NCAA men’s lacrosse, or any high school league, club, or team that follows NCAA rules.
It’s important to note though, that while the new rules may not directly apply to all high school lacrosse players, many clubs and colleges across the country are now encouraging younger players to re-string their heads to meet these NCAA rules, to prepare them for upper levels of play.
In all, these new lacrosse rules make it easier, or at least more reasonable, to knock the ball out of the pocket, with the aim of maintaining fair play, retaining the merit of the game, and keeping players safe.
The NCAA and other officials noticed that attackers and middies were continuously running through traffic without ever losing the ball, despite significant pressure from the defense. It quickly became obvious that ball handling lacrosse skills were not solely to blame for this, and that some modern stringing methods were basically making it nearly impossible to dislodge the ball from the pocket.
What these new 2013 NCAA lacrosse rules attempt to accomplish is a game that focuses more on moving the ball than moving with the ball, while at the same time, trying to prevent escalation as defenders learn to check harder to get the ball out of deep pockets.
As with most rule changes in sports, there are people on both sides of the argument. Some players and coaches find the changes erroneous and arbitrary, and believe they will do little besides slow down the game and confuse players and parents. Others see this as a step forward to making the game fairer, and faster with more ball movement.
However, there are still others who have almost no opinion at all, and have simply changed and moved on, understanding that rules change and players adapt. Most believe, that at some point, master stringers and kids will find news ways of stringing their heads within the new rules, to develop the same solid hold they could get from low shooters and multiple side wall strings. For them, it’s only a matter of time.
But how about you? What do you think of these new lacrosse rules, and what do they do for the game as whole?
By Brandon Porter. Brandon is a product specialist at Sports Unlimited.
NCAA implements new rule changes for women’s lacrosse – Annenberg Media
The NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee and the Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved changes to the established rule book for the 2020 and 2021 lacrosse seasons.
The following are the changes that will most greatly impact field play:
The pre-game stick check has undergone the most construction this off-season. Instead of each team member lining up to have a referee briefly examine her stick and pocket, eight sticks per team will be selected at random for close inspection. The lacrosse stick’s head will be assessed for illegal stringing, and the stick will be measured for illegal sizing. The pregame examination will be identical to a team-requested stick check, allowing for a more consistent and thorough enforcement of stick regulations.
The number of team requested stick checks allowed has been reduced from three to two, and only the coach who calls the timeout can request a stick check. In the past, either coach could ask for a stick check during a timeout.
Because stick checks are often called strategically to halt the opponent’s momentum or as an additional timeout, if a stick check is requested and the opponent’s stick is indeed legal, the team who called the stick check will lose a timeout. If the team is out of timeouts, its opponent will keep or regain possession.
The goalie or defender can enter the goal circle without throwing or placing the ball in the goal circle first. In the past, the ball had to be fully in the circle before any player could enter and obtain it. The rule change deletes an unnecessary step that often halted transitions and ball movement upfield.
On a free position shot within the 8-meter, all players and sticks will be required to clear at least 8 meters of the goal circle. If there are players below the goal line extended when the foul is called, they will have to move above the goal line extended and 8 meters from the goal circle. This should minimize shooting space fouls during 8-meter free position shots and speed up the pace of the game.
When one of the offsetting fouls is a yellow or red card, alternating possession does not apply. Instead, it will be given to the team that did not receive the card.
If there’s a false start or other penalty during the draw, the player regaining possession will no longer have to start from the center of the 50-yard line. Play will resume from wherever the ball landed after the penalty.
Most, if not all, of the new rules cleared up confusing details in the previous rulebook and will allow for more consistent calls. The main focus of these rule changes appears to be on minimizing game stoppage. By reducing whistles blown, the game will be more exciting and the fans more involved.
These rule changes can bring some much needed momentum back to women’s lacrosse and the Trojan turf this season, especially when No. 16 USC takes on No. 9 Michigan in what should be a back-and-forth game on Feb. 15.
The Trojans kick off their season on the road Feb. 8 against Hofstra.
90,000 Lacrosse. History of origin, description, features, types and rules and games
Lacrosse is a team game in which the team’s goal is to score a rubber ball into the opponent’s goal using their legs and a sports equipment, somewhat similar to a stick
History of origin
Lacrosse literally translates from French “la crosse” as “hockey stick”. And the game itself was invented by the American Indians, who used it as training warriors, as well as for the peaceful resolution of tribal conflicts.
Native Americans call this sport nothing but “brother of a little war” – this game provided such excellent military training. Archaeological evidence suggests that the predecessor of lacrosse was popular in the early 15th century in what is now Canada. The teams in those days often included hundreds of people, and the length of the field used for the game stretched for hundreds of meters, or even several kilometers.
Settlers from the Old World first learned about this game in the 17th century, and already with the onset of the 19th century, lacrosse began to spread widely among the inhabitants of the French colony of Canada.The first official lacrosse game took place there, in 1867.
At the Olympic Games, medals in this sport were played only twice – in 1904 and 1908. After that, lacrosse was canceled and was included in the program of the three Olympics only as a demonstration performance. Both times, when this game was considered an Olympic discipline, the Canadian team won the Olympic gold. For the first time, 36 athletes from 2 countries participated in the lacrosse competition, divided among themselves into three teams, two of which were Canadian, and one team was from the United States.The Mohawk Indians played in one of the national teams of Canada.
Two teams were represented at the next competition, one each from Canada and the United Kingdom. Only one match has been played, in which the Canadians have won gold medals for the second and last time in lacrosse history.
Lacrosse is not currently included in the list of sports recognized by the IOC. But since 1974, world championships in this sport have been regularly held, in which, in addition to the usual national teams of various countries, the Indian tribe of the Iroquois participates.
What is lacrosse?
The modern basic rules of the game of lacrosse involve 2 teams, each of which consists of 10 or 6 people. The main goal of the game, as mentioned above, is to get the ball into the opponent’s goal using a special projectile that remotely resembles something in between a racket and a club. The game is usually judged by 3 judges at once. Some rules depend on the type of lacrosse.
Types of games and their features
Today there are several variants of lacrosse, which differ from each other by the size of the field, the number of players and, in fact, the rules.There are 2 main classifications of the game of lacrosse. Depending on the location of the game, lacrosse is divided into:
Lacrosse on the field
The classic version of the game, which is played on a large outdoor field. Teams usually have 10 people.
Boxed Lacrosse (Mini Lacrosse)
Unlike playing on the field, mini lacrosse is an indoor game. The number of participants in each team also corresponds to the word “mini” – 6 people each.
The composition of the teams is distinguished:
During the game, the rules allow up to 9 substitutions. The men’s lacrosse game is played in 4 15 minute periods. The dimensions of the field for this game are 100 meters by 55 meters, and the width of the goal is 1.8 meters. The distance between the gates is 72 meters.
In women’s lacrosse, the game lasts 2 periods of 25 minutes. The size of the field and the width of the goal may not differ from those presented in the men’s version of the game. But the distance between the gates is already a little more, or rather – 92 meters.
More than thirty national associations and unions of lacrosse have been created in the world, most of which are located on the European continent. They were created not so long ago – only in the nineties of the last century. Perhaps that is why the leaders in this area are Canada and the United States, in the east of which lacrosse is very popular.
In Canada, the game is endowed with the status of the # 1 summer sport.The local association in this discipline is considered the oldest in the whole world, since it was founded in 1867. Every year, the country hosts the youth and senior indoor lacrosse championships in the first two divisions, and the third division lacrosse championship in the field.
In the United States, in addition to the national lacrosse association, there is the Iroquois Nationals, which represent Indian tribes in international competitions.
Small lacrosse associations have been active in Australia and England for a long time.With the onset of the nineties, other associations of lacrosse began to appear. Now they are in twenty countries of Europe, as well as in South Korea, Japan, New Zealand and other states. All are members of an international organization, except for the remaining independent associations in China and India.
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Meaning, Definition, Suggestions.What are golf clubs
Our attention was drawn to the partial print of Russell’s palm on the base of the club just below the handle. I find it amazing that many players throw beautiful golf clubs into the lake. To check the stance, grip and stick position before attack. Almost everyone knows this – from Nobel laureates to golf clubs, or they were taught it, like me. For example, modern lacrosse sticks are made of an alloy of aluminum and titanium, and the mesh part is made of nylon and leather. I have worn her mother’s golf clubs several times. He looked past her and saw a man carrying golf clubs. Mikorski DNA from the end of your club. The marks on the tip of the club are like blood. Well, or Hockey sticks and skates will recruit workers. I’m going to buy golf clubs. Hey, do you think I can return these clubs back to the store when I’m done? Look at the antiques: cricket hammer, golf clubs, Kendo sword, bow for shooting. You can choose sabers, pistols, baseball bats, little stones, golf clubs … I don’t care. The hockey boy retracted his statement; the only other witness admitted that he could have been wrong. If I were a pompous, narcissistic womanizer, where would I keep my clubs? You look for knees, legs, railings, fire pumps and jumping boards, and I will take on bats, rackets, hockey sticks, golf clubs and whips She would have stolen your golf clubs in no time! Most golf clubs have refractory solder to protect the titanium alloy on the club head. Your accusations are ridiculous, these are not canes, but titanium sticks. Yes, yes, I just need to polish my golf clubs. You can take out your failures on others with a hockey stick. Our buddy Nick has first class golf clubs. After finding a hand, the district was forced to drain the lake. Thirty-two golf clubs and seven cannonballs were found. In the corner were golf clubs, a cane, an umbrella, and two small bore rifles. Can you stop and pick up some clubs, Kramer? Between us, I think you could have milked more coins from this old club. Is this about a hockey stick? McCall and Stilinski, get the golf clubs, you’re closing the gate, two on one. Possibly there will be work in the Hockey Club and Skates this weekend. Hockey sticks, baseball bats, take it away! How is scrap different from a golf club? My coach says I have just what I need to have my club grip. Well, I was going to hire a Latin kid to carry my golf clubs anyway. You bring clubs, I balls. I want to play golf, and you play golf club boy. Get your electrician and the boy bringing clubs with you. Hockey sticks or pointy balls? Stocks, golf clubs and more picture frames. His weapons are golf clubs and exploding golf balls. The hockey stick controversy does make it – makes the alleged alternate order explicit. The Manus is wider towards the end of the stick and has enlarged suction cups in the middle two rows. Lacrosse sticks are also made from scandium. Kingarrock Golf Course at Hill Tarvit House uses original style hickory clubs. When the Kaiser was sent to warm up, he saw a group of fans handing out clubs to the players and began to fight them, so he was sent away. Training included skating around Javex bleach bottles and cans, and flipping pucks over scattered hockey sticks to be able to pick up the puck again in full flight. In the field competition, competitors could compete in the medicine ball jerk, ball hit, club throw and shot put. Composite materials are also becoming more common in the field of orthopedic surgery and are the most common hockey stick material. Jack was killed and found in the trunk of his car with a golf club cover in his mouth – reports that his killers knew he was talking to the feds. For more than a millennium, India has also used a form of a dumbbell, made in the shape of a club, as it was called the Indian club. The belly of the checkered Lancer is striped in black and white, and the antenna has a whitish stripe just after the putter. The two surviving early decks did indeed have overlapping clubs and swords, as in Italian or Arabic cards. A search revealed that he had no weapons, although three hockey sticks and two knives were later found in his car. In this case, the responder will most likely have long clubs, so it is safe for the north-south to play worms or spades. Pipistrelles usually use a hockey stick call for general echolocation, but sometimes only use the FM part. Refurbished Billy’s sticks could be attached to a nunchuck or bo-staff uniform. In the same debate, Senator Olympia Snow used a hockey stick graph to demonstrate the reality of climate change. Thread the wrist cord through the thumb and around the hand to prevent the club from slipping during use. Players use their clubs to pass or knock the puck. Skate blades, hockey sticks, shoulder contact, hip contact and hockey pucks all have the potential to cause injury. Stick Inspection, Sweep Inspection, and Poke Inspection is a legitimate use of the club to gain possession of the puck. Some players find cross-dominance beneficial in golf, especially if the left-hander uses right-handed golf clubs. Some players find cross-dominance beneficial in golf, especially if the left-hander uses right-handed golf clubs. The dominant hand is usually placed on the top of the club to provide better stick control and puck control. The rules of the game mean that the ball can only be hit with the flat side of the club. Other results
Due to Andrey Svechnikov’s lacrosse goals, the rules of the National Hockey League may be changed: details – January 30, 2020
One and a half months have passed since the second lacrosse goal in the history of the National Hockey League, and in North America that feat of Andrei Svechnikov is still remembered. 7 weeks after his first puck out of the gate, the Carolina forward repeated the most difficult trick in the game against Winnipeg.Jets goalkeeper Connor Hellybike should have been prepared for this development, but the 19-year-old Russian prodigy was acting too quickly and flawlessly.
During the recent pause for the All-Star Game, journalists reminded the Canadian goalkeeper of that episode.
“To be honest, I assumed he would do it. It seemed to me that I was acting perfectly, but he still scored. I thought a lot about how to play in a similar situation next time, so I hope that this will not happen to me again ”, – Hellibike gained invaluable experience.
The attention to Svechnikov’s lacrosse goals is not surprising. Yes, for the first time a goal was scored in this way in the early 90s. Hershey Bears forward Billy Armstrong did his best.
Yes, the inventor of the trick is considered Mike Legg, who actually only repeated Armstrong’s number.
Only in the National Hockey League no one dared to perform such beauty before Svechnikov. Only two successful attempts by Andrey made other league forwards believe in their strength, however, so far only Swede Philip Forsberg was able to repeat his masterpiece.
“Right now, every goalkeeper should be ready for such feints, because now literally everyone is trying to repeat them. Recently my partner Matt Tkaczak tried to score this way. So I think everyone knows. This league is very good, every hockey player here has enough skill, everyone can do it ”, – this is the opinion of the first victim of Svechnikov, Calgary goalkeeper David Rittich.
“The skill of guys these days is crazy. Of course, you know about this, but … There were several episodes when I saw out of the corner of my eye that the player was trying to do something like that.So far I have been lucky and this has not happened to me, but I’d rather knock on wood ”, – and these are the words of Vancouver keeper Jacob Markstrem.
It was not in vain that North American journalists decided to talk to top NHL goalkeepers about lacrosse goals. After the goals of Svechnikov and Forsberg, the league decided to remind the referees that in such situations there is a high probability of breaking the rules – a dangerous game with a high stick. It would seem that everything is clear here – if the attacker’s stick is below the crossbar, the goal should be scored, and in the case of lacrosses, the hockey player’s weapon cannot technically be above the crossbar.But overseas, there is an opinion that since goalkeepers in such situations are most often on their knees, the rule should be interpreted differently – since there is a threat to the health of goalkeepers, the stick is at their head level.
“I don’t want to call it a safety issue, but if a stick hits the goalkeeper’s head, a dangerous play with a high stick must be called and a goal must not be awarded. I think that in the goal that Svechnikov scored to Rittich, there was just such a situation – it could not be counted, ” – says Hellibike.
The NHL has always acted in the interests of forwards and performance, but if lacrosse goals gain popularity and goalkeepers become more active about their safety, the league will have to consider this issue. Will Svechnikov, who rewrote the history of the best league on the planet, will now change its rules?
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Lacrosse – a game invented by the Indians
In the modern world, there is more and more interest in previously unpopular sports.One of them is lacrosse. This is a game in which representatives of two teams try to hit the opponent’s goal with a dense rubber ball using a projectile that is a hybrid of a club and a net (cross).
Translated from French “lacrosse” means “hockey stick”. The game was invented by the American Indians to train their warriors and increase their endurance. The prototype of the game is the “bagatawey” competition. Historians claim that this predecessor of lacrosse was widespread in modern Canada as early as the 15th century (although some facts even speak of the early 12th century).True, at that time, the team could number several hundred people, and the size of the playing area reached hundreds of meters and even kilometers. The competitions were held for several days, hundreds of goals were scored. In the old days, the game was very tough and traumatic. Lacrosse (or Bagatawey) competitions were often used as an opportunity to resolve conflicts between tribes and prevent war.
In the 17th century, European settlers learned about the game, and in the 19th century, the competition won interest and recognition among the French-speaking population of Canada.
Officially The first lacrosse match took place in 1867 .
Twice lacrosse has been listed on the Olympic sports list . Medals were raffled off at the 1904 and 1908 Olympics. Representatives of Canada won both times. Thereafter, lacrosse competitions at the Olympic Games were held only as demonstration performances.
To date, this sport is not recognized by the Olympic Committee as an official one. But the men’s and women’s international lacrosse competitions have been held regularly since 1967.
The goal of the competition between two teams is to get a rubber ball into the opposing team’s goal. For this there is a special projectile – cross (long-handled net). The team can include from 6 to 12 people, depending on the type of game. There are three judges on the floor.
At the location where lacrosse is held, it can be:
- at field . Classic type of competition. Teams consist of 10-12 people;
- mini lacrosse .Indoor or special box. The team includes no more than 6 people.
Depending on the composition of the teams, there are:
- men’s lacrosse. The game consists of 4 periods of 15 minutes. 9 substitutions are allowed. The size of the field is 100 m by 55 m. The width of the goal is 1.8 m. The distance between the goals of the teams is 72 m. The maximum number of players is 10. Power holds and contact wrestling are allowed during the game. Players use protective ammunition.
- women’s lacrosse. The competition consists of 2 periods of 25 minutes. Substitutions, goal and field sizes. As with the male version. But the distance between the gates of the opponents is 92 m. Power techniques and contact wrestling are prohibited and are punishable by fines.
The team with the most goals in the allotted time wins. The ball will only count if it was scored from outside the circle that marks the goal. When played by professionals, the game looks exciting. The high speeds of the players and their ability to handle the cross practically do not allow the ball to touch the ground.Players can carry the ball themselves or pass it to each other.
Today the game is the most popular in Canada and the United States. But every year the interest in it grows all over the world.
Despite the fact that lacrosse is considered a traditional Canadian sport, it is the US teams that have made it into the Guinness Book of Records as the most frequent champions of international competitions. The women’s team won 5 times, and the men’s team won 7 times out of 8 possible.
Very often lacrosse games end in massive fights between players, worse than in hockey.The most memorable was the fight between representatives of the two Canadian clubs Brooklyn Redman and Oakville Rock. As a result of the mass brawl, the judges issued 43 fines, which resulted in 195 penalty minutes. Brooklyn won with a score of 11: 7.
Lacrosse is rapidly gaining popularity due to its emotionality and unpredictability. It is now quite easy to find ammunition to play in sports stores, assemble a team and start winning.
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The story of the most beautiful goal.
Andrei Svechnikov is only 19 years old, and no matter what happens in his career in the future, he has already written down in history. “The first player to score a lacrosse goal in the NHL grew up here” – such a sign can be hung on his house in Barnaul today.
The Russian leader of Carolina in October showed the whole league how to score from outside the goal. And tonight I repeated it:
An important clarification: these are the first such goals in the NHL! In other tournaments, they have been scoring like this for a long time – that’s why many people mistakenly got the impression that it was in the best league in the world.
The name of the feint is “lacrosse goal”. The explanation is simple: the puck lands on the hook of the stick, like a ball into the net of a stick in this sport. Plus, in lacrosse, you can score from behind the gate. Even from above – in hockey, by the way, such a goal will not be counted.
Michigan striker Mike Legg became the first to become famous for this technique in hockey: on March 24, 1996, he scored the puck in the semifinals against the team of the University of Minnesota. Commentators only by the 50th second realized what had really happened.
Since then, such washers are also called Michigan. TSN designated that match as “Game of the Year,” and Legg was inducted into the Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame. The goal was played on all federal channels – even those who did not follow hockey knew about it. The goalscorer was invited to the ESPY Award – Sports Oscar, where he sat next to Yasmin Blyth. Legg flew to Sweden for the awards ceremony of the legendary local magazine, where he was personally looked after by Niklas Lidström. Overlooked – Miss Sweden kissed the 21-year-old player on stage after presenting the award.
Mike was lucky – ESPN broadcast that game to the whole country. Only for this reason, for many, he is the first trick.
Actually the first lacrosse goal scored by Bill Armstrong. A day before Legg put this beauty in Minnesota, the North American minor leagues saw the sixth such masterpiece from Armstrong. He first came up with this in the AHL with Albany – a couple of years before Legg.
“We sent head tapes to ESPN, but our video was so bad that my PR man said they wouldn’t use them.The videos were too grainy, ”Bill recalls.
During the summer of 1993, he worked in hockey schools in London (Ontario) with children and in between classes fiddled with the puck: he lifted it on the hook and tried to throw it from afar – like in lacrosse. It was then that Bill began to think about how to perform the puck on the hook in the game.
“Initially, I just started lifting it on the club and flipping it over my shoulder, as if in lacrosse. But once at a hockey school I gave the children an assignment, and I watched its completion outside the gates.I bent down, mechanically lifted the puck on the hook and, apparently, so brought it into the goal. Immediately I thought, “Oh, hell, this can be used in a match,” Armstrong told Yahoo Sports.
To begin with, the attacker made sure that the reception was legal – according to the rules, the stick should not be raised above the crossbar of the goal, but everything turned out to be in order. However, there was one more barrier for practice in the game: “I could have scored such a goal much earlier, but I was scared to death that after that they would put me on the bench and not let go.”Fortunately, he was lucky with a coach: Robbie Ftorek always played for the creativity of hockey players – he did not interfere here either. Moreover, during one of the matches, Ftorek argued with the player for $ 100 that he would not be able to repeat his trick – the coach quickly lost this money.
Basically, all Bill needed was a seat behind the goal: “All I ever worried about was a vacant position behind the goalkeeper and the absence of an opponent blocking me in the right corner. The formula was pretty simple.All I did was take the puck out of the net, pretending to pop out to the right and shoot. And as soon as I leaned in that direction, the goalkeeper and defender covered the near post, and I just lifted the puck and pulled the club the other way – it was easy. ”
True, before that, other preparatory work was needed: “The first thing you do is put the hook as much as possible with its wide part on top of the puck. Then you try to bend the washer back so that it is on the edge. Most people at this point try to twist their wrist to lift the puck.But you need leverage. So you pull it back and then flip your wrist – you give the impetus to the puck to get on your hook from the top, ”Armstrong revealed to ESPN.
AHL at that time broadcast local TV channels, YouTube was not yet – Armstrong calmly repeated his trick three times, only after that rumors about him spread throughout the league, the teams tried not to miss such a puck. The rivals were angry with him, tried to intimidate: “We are playing against the“ Chicago Wolves ”, and every time I drove past their bench, I heard:“ We will kill you! ”.And I didn’t even give them that. I pass – and again: “Hold your head, we will kill you.” Of course, I got the puck outside their goal and did this feint. ”
Armstrong retired in 1998 with a concussion – and, in fact, remained unknown. True, there is a hockey player who always remembers him in interviews and recognizes the real “paternity” of the feint – this is the same Mike Legg, the author of the Michigan Goal.
Both Bill and Mike are both from London, and Legg noticed an older teammate’s reception while training on the ice: “At first I didn’t have the courage to talk to Bill.I just looked at him. Finally, I asked, “How do you do this?” He showed, after which I just fell in love with the feint. ”
“I pulled him aside and showed him how to put the puck on the hook. Mike learned it pretty quickly, ”Armstrong recalled.
Having memorized the trick, Legg trained him for several months with the desire to do it in a match. But, like Armstrong, he was also afraid that the idea would be hacked to death. Red Berenson, who coached the University of Michigan, noticed this pampering during one of the classes, asked if it was according to the rules, and at the end he asked the question: “So why don’t you do it in the game?”At that moment, Mike was even more frightened.
“I remember Johnny Madden getting knocked down and blocked, and I picked up the puck, standing alone outside the goal. I said, “Oh, well, of course, let’s do it.” There was no time to ponder whether it was worth it or not. You just have the confidence that you’ve done it many times and in different ways, ”Legg recalls his legendary goal against the University of Minnesota.
Perhaps this puck trick would not have become so popular and remained at the level of entertainment for players in the minor leagues, if not for Mikael Granlund in 2011.The 19-year-old striker of the Finnish national team had the audacity to use a feint in the semifinals of the World Cup – just in the match with Russia. Andrei Svechnikov was 11 years old at that time.
The goal was recognized as the best in the history of the world championships – the trick Granlund brought from the Finnish junior league, where he scored in this way. It’s easy to guess who inspired Mikael for the trick, which later, together with Barulin, got on local postage stamps: “I saw Legg’s goal when I was five years old – someone showed me a video.When you are a child, you try to do something new, interesting, and then I just repeated it from time to time. ”
Since then, such washers have been called “Granlund’s goal” – most often they do it in Russia, where they are still angry with the Finn. But his first imitator in the KHL was Miks Indrashis from Dinamo Riga – so no one has yet compared the score in the third period.
“The moment was not right. That is, there were moments when you could try, but never once had the level of concentration that you need to even try.Much depends on the condition of the ice. Sometimes in training I can put ten out of ten, sometimes – from the strength of four, when my hands are shaking, ” the striker said then in an interview with Sports.ru.
In fact, Sergei Luchinkin from Khimik was the first to perform this in the KHL: he scored this way even before Granlund – in the first season of the league against the HC MVD. But except for hockey players and fans in the stands, no one saw this goal – there were no broadcasts from Balashikha for a very long time, only a photograph remained. The hockey player himself called this trick “The Tail of the Dragon”, but neither this name nor “Luchinkin’s Goal” caught on.
Since then, only three players have scored this way in the KHL: Pavel Medvedev from Ugra, Niklas Danielsson from Lev and twice Sergey Shumakov (CSKA, Avangard). And the second time he did it in the playoffs – against Ak Bars. This time the recording was made from Balashikha.
The trick was repeated several times in the MHL, and recently even in the VHL. In general, it is practiced much more often in leagues where the level of responsibility is not so high.
You don’t have enough RAM on your computer to view all Michigan goals from the North American Junior and Minor Leagues.Therefore, we will manage with only one: 16-year-old Sidney Crosby, the forward of “Rimuski” – in the gates of “Quebec”. 2003 year.
“I like this guy. I see how he plays and everything. But I saw him now, after the heads. He slides on the ice on his knees … “, – Don Cherry criticized the celebrations and tricks of Crosby in the next issue of” Coach’s Corner “, calling the player a hot dog. After that, Sydney did not even think of scoring lacrosse goals – especially in the NHL. If Crosby seemed too boring and correct to you even on the ice – now you know who to blame.
Interestingly, another Russian, Alexander Burmistrov, could have been the first player to score a lacrosse goal in the NHL. In February 2013, he tried to shoot the puck like this for Tampa.
Burmistrov tried to score the same goal before Svechnikov. pic.twitter.com/jflQJBFpDr
– sports_centre (@ sportscentre9) October 30, 2019
And in 2018, Evgeny Kuznetsov was a little unlucky – Pavelets did not even suspect that his opponent would dare to do this.
However, the Russian player was also among those who could be the first in the history of the NHL to miss a lacrosse goal, but you can’t just take Khudobin.
P.S. Two weeks before Svechnikov’s first lacrosse goal, a thread from one of the users appeared on Reddit: “Don’t you find it strange that the lacrosse goal is over 23 years old, and we’re still waiting for the first in the NHL?” The user of FailureToExecute immediately recalled the failed episode of the same Andrey from the match with the Islanders.
An attempt by Svechnikov to score from outside the goal last season. pic.twitter.com/igbM1HI1LA
– sports_centre (@ sportscentre9) October 30, 2019
Soon, this user got the following questions: “Do you happen to know what will happen in the stock market next week?”
Photo: hockeydb.com; The Canadian Press / Associated Press / East News
90,000 Rule 75 – Playing with a stick held high / Game actions – PLAYING HIGH-UP / PLAYING ACTIONS
1. If a hockey player touches the puck with a stick held high above shoulder level and either he or his teammate is next to gain possession of the puck or the puck goes out of bounds, the referee must stop the match.
2. If the offense is committed in the attacking zone, causing the offending teammate to gain possession of the puck in the attacking zone, the next face-off will take place in the neutral zone on the blue line on the side closest to where the offending teammate took possession of the puck.
3. If the offense is committed in the attacking zone, as a result of which the offending teammate gains possession of the puck in the neutral zone or in the defending zone, the next throw-in will take place at the point closest to where the offending team gained possession of the puck.This throw-in point is defined as the point with the least territorial advantage.
4. If this violation is called in the neutral zone, the next throw-in will take place in the defending zone on the side closest to where the offending teammate took possession of the puck.
5. If this violation is called in the defending zone, the next throw-in will take place in the defending zone on the side closest to where the offending teammate took possession of the puck.
6.High stick play during a match is determined by the position of the player’s shoulder (while the height allowed for the puck to ricochet into the goal is determined by the height of the crossbar).
7. If a hockey player touches the puck with a stick raised above shoulder level, and the opposing player takes possession of the puck, the match continues.
8. If a hockey player strikes the puck with a high stick, as a result of which the puck hits his goal, the goal is scored.
9.Lacrosse movement (in which a player places the puck on the hook of his stick and maneuvers in the air) is allowed provided that he does not raise the stick (and therefore the puck) above shoulder level at any time during such a maneuver. If the hook and the puck are above shoulder level during this movement, the match must be stopped.
10. If the hockey player of the team in possession makes contact with the puck with a high stick in the event of a delayed penalty assessed by the opposing team, the throw-in will take place at one of the two final throw-in points of the team with the penalty.
GAME SITUATION 1: B6 makes contact with the puck with a high stick. The puck then bounces off the team A goalkeeper. If any team B player gains possession of the puck, shoots or passes the puck, the match must be stopped because the goalkeeper did not have possession of the puck and did not control the puck.
“This is a landmark event”: The IOC has changed the Olympic motto
Now it will sound: “Faster, higher, stronger – together”. The new motto will be in effect already at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which will begin on July 23
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Updated at 16:20
The International Olympic Committee for the first time in history changed the Olympic motto “Faster, higher, stronger” …The word “together” was added to it, reports Reuters. “This is a landmark event,” – said the head of the IOC Thomas Bach. In April, it was he who put forward the idea to change the motto of the competition. The original version of “Faster, Higher, Stronger” was approved by the first Olympic Congress in 1894 and has remained unchanged to this day. The world champion in athletics, sports commentator Yolanda Chen shares her opinion:
Yolanda Chen world champion in athletics, sports commentator
The motto is changed for this Olympics, which will start on July 23 in Tokyo.
For the future, the IOC has announced the sports that will be considered Olympic. Sambo was the first of the Russian sports to receive permanent recognition from the International Olympic Committee, RIA Novosti reports. In the mid-1970s, SAMBO was approaching inclusion in the Summer Olympics program. But as a result of political difficulties caused by the boycott of the 1980 Olympics, SAMBO was demoted in international status to a demonstration sport, and then this status was canceled by the IOC. Sambo received its first temporary recognition in 2018, says Yelena Lomakina, Executive Director of the Association “Student Sports League of Sambo”:
Elena Lomakina Executive Director of the Association “Student Sports League of Sambo”
…For example, at the 2020 World Championships, Russian sambo wrestlers won 17 gold medals, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals.
President of the International Sambo Federation Vasily Shestakov called the inclusion of this sport in the Olympic list a great victory. According to him, they went to this with the whole team for 11 years – as long as he is at the head of the federation.
In addition to sambo, several other international federations have received official recognition: lacrosse is a game with a rubber ball and a stick with a long handle, kickboxing, muay thai, cheerleading and ice stock.The latter is something like curling, but a stick is attached to the sliding surface.
Lacrosse and eisstock are not very popular in Russia.