2020 NFHS Rules

These are the rules changes that have been announced for 2020; along with the LHSLL Rule Waivers. There will be more changes and this post will be updated as new memos are released.

NFHS Boy’s Lacrosse Rules Changes 2020

1-9-1: Equipment and Uniform Standards Alerts are being introduced in order to prepare schools for these changes in 2021 and 2022.

2-7-2f: The ruling states that the CBO is no longer responsible for determining if a team has too few players on the field.

4-5, 4-22 — Restart: In the effort to maintain the quicker pace of play, the committee has adopted a change in restarts. The new ruling will allow an immediate whistle (unless an offensive teammate is within 5 yards of the player in possession.) The defending player on any restart shall establish a distance of 5 yards. If the defender is within that 5-yard distance, that player may be liable to be penalized for “delay of game.” The defender not beyond the 5-yard distance may not play the player in possession or obstruct the player in possession‘s direct path toward the goal. Once the 5 yards’ distance has been satisfied, the defender then may play the ball and/or the player in possession of the ball.

4-24-6: A time-out charge for concussion-type symptoms will be designated as an official’s time-out.

5-5 – Illegal crosse: In an effort to simplify the penalty for crosse violations, all crosse violations will be assessed a two-minute non-releasable penalty. The crosse may be adjusted and allowed to be used in the game. Every crosse in the bench area is subject to be inspected and need not have been used in the game in order to be inspected.

5-10: In an effort to prevent a player from throwing a crosse under any circumstance, a clarification has been written to explain the penalty for throwing of the crosse. Throwing a crosse at a player, the ball or other game personnel regardless of contact will result in a penalty of one-,two- or three-minute non-releasable unsportsmanlike conduct.

6-1-1, 6-2-1: These changes are relocated to be consistent with the Rule 7-8-2 changes regarding slow-whistle technique from 2018.

6-5-2: A player throwing a crosse for other reasons, i.e., personal frustration or poor player/coach crosse exchange, shall be ruled as a technical foul.

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