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2017 High School Rule Changes 


October 5th, 2016

There are six NFHS rule changes for the 2017 season:
  1. Only a goalkeeper can be in the crease to block a shot.
  2. Playing without required mouthpiece will now be a technical foul (30-second penalty or change of possession) rather than a non-releasable foul.
  3. Stalling rules now are in effect in the last two minutes only if the score differential is four goals or less.
  4. Since ground anchors are not typically used on grass fields, Rule 1-3-2a was modified to allow, but not require, the use of ground anchors if a flat-iron goal is used on a grass field.
  5. Rule 4-3-3 (introduced last year) previously called for tape to be applied to the handle of the crosse for any player taking a faceoff.  With new handle materials now available that are more durable than tape, the committee revised the rule to allow for use of new materials.
  6. A change in restarts after a foul during a face-off.  Previously, if a player or team committed a foul before or during any faceoff, the ball was awarded to the offended team in its offensive side of the field at the center.  The rules committee removed "or during" from Rule 4-3-1 (Exception 2) in order to be consistent with Rule 4-4-2, which calls for a restart from "the spot where the ball was when play was suspended."
More details and commentary on the new rules can be found on the the NFHS announcement new rules and NFHS page on risk minimalization.  There are also articles discussing the rules on LaxPower and Lax



2016 High School Rule Changes


There are three rule changes for the 2016 season:
  1. New rules restricting shooting and sidewall stringing on the stick (a.k.a. cross).
  2. Minor clarifications in face-off rules.
  3. A new over-and-back rule to keep the ball in the offensive half of the field after a successful clear.
The Boys Lacrosse Rules Committee also issued five Points of Emphasis for 2016:
  1. Contact - Penalties for excessive hits to the head and neck, as well as penalties for hits to defenseless players and blindside hits.
  2. Helmet Fitting - Helmets shall meet current NOCSAE standards and be properly fitted for each player
  3. Halftime Warm-up - It is recommended that the final three minutes of intermission be used as a team warm-up period.
  4. Helmets and Equipment During Pre-Game and Practice Time - Coaches should educate players on the need to be properly equipped at all times.
  5. Defending the Crease - It is recommended that coaches not teach nor encourage field players to block the goal when the goalkeeper has vacated the goal crease area.
US Lacrosse has a nice summary and interpretation of these 2016 changes, including the reasoning behind the new Points of Emphasis.  More details on the new rules can be found on the NFHS site as well as atheir layman's interpretation of the new rules.