Stall Warning/Shot Clock
Recommendation: A visible clock be used to time the 30-scond stalling segment in facilities capable of displaying the clocks. Two clocks should be used at either end of the field, however one clock will be allowed, located midfield opposite the benches and elevated when possible. All DI programs will be required to have clocks displayed by 2016, all Division II and III programs by 2017.
Also, stall procedure can be satisfied on the release of the ball rather than crossing the plane of the goal.
What does it Mean: Essentially, it means that the stall ruling will remain at the discretion of the officials, rather than setting up a system with a set amount of time to take a shot such as in Major League Lacrosse, or in NCAA basketball. The only difference is that there will be a visible countdown when in a timer-on situation rather than the officials counting it off themselves. And the last bit means that a shot that goes off before the end of the timer-on doesn’t need to be in the net before the clock strikes zero. As long as a shot is off, you’re good.
Timeout Adjustment and Over-and-Back
Recommendations: When a dead ball occurs and the restart will be in the field of play, only the team in possession or entitled to possession is allowed to call timeout.
When the ball returns to the defensive end after an offensive team has cleared (other than a rebound or deflection), it will result in a turnover. Defenders can bat the ball to keep it in the offensive zone, but if they possess it, it will be a turnover.
What does it mean: I lump these two together because they are related to speeding up the game alongside the shot clock debate. Essentially the latter of the two means that there is a back-court violation in lacrosse now. If you clear the zone and then the ball goes back over the midline, you don’t get to re-clear if a defender can pick it up and get the ball back to the attack. It is unclear if that means it will be a whistle immediately once the ball crosses the midline, but ultimately, it will make for more turnovers and transition play.
The timeout call is also designed to speed things up – basically if it’s an out of bounds call, the team on defense can’t call a timeout the way they can now. So, if a team has a re-start with a chance for a fast break, you can’t save yourself by burning a TO to get your defense out there in position.
Recommendations: It will be a violation if a player picks up and carries the ball on the back of his stick. Clamping with the back is legal, but it must be moved, raked or directed immediately. It would also be illegal to use a body part to initiate contact with an opponents stick.
What it means: The popular ‘clamp and pull the ball out to win the draw to yourself and keep it in your pocket upside-down until you can pass it off with some space’ move is gone if this one goes through.
Return of a partial dive?
Recommendation: In plays around the crease, if a player releases the ball before landing in the crease, the goal shall count, provided his feet are grounded.
What does it mean: I’ll have to go in for some clarification here, but doesn’t this sound like a player can now land in the crease as long as they don’t leave their feet and the ball is out of their stick before they land? It certainly doesn’t bring back the high-flying dodge from the wing or X and launch yourself into the goal, but it does give guys in tight a bit more freedom to work an angle without having to avoid the crease at all costs.
Uniform Numbers with Contrast
Recommendation: By the 2016 season, all uniform numbers must clearly contrast the color of the uniform. A white or light-colored uniform must have dark numbers and vice-versa.
What does it mean: No more white uniforms with white numbers with a narrow dark outline. Presumably more for the referees than anyone else, if you’ve ever tried to watch or cover a game where a team has numbers that nearly match the color of their shirt, you know how frustrating it can be.
The final recommendation was that Bob Scalise, Harvard’s athletic director, be named new chair of the committee, which goes through this process every other summer.