Level 1-2 Field Lacrosse Referee Clinic. Module #2. The Game. What We Will Cover in This Module. Field Dimensions Equipment Teams Game Times Player Positions Substitution The Draw Out of Bounds. What We Will Cover in This Module. Shots and Scoring on Goal
Field Dimensions Equipment
Teams Game Times
Player Positions Substitution
The Draw Out of Bounds
This includes when a penalty is called!
There are more severe penalties now for some illegal actions during faceoffs,
Grabbing the opponents crosse with the hand or fingers
Using the free hand to touch or pickup the ball.
Using the fingers, while still holding his crosse, to pickup the ball.
All of the above are personal fouls for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Ball stuck in back of throat of stick
- Blow whistle immediately to stop play.
Award the ball to the non-offending team.
What do I do when:
Q. The ball goes out of bounds directly? (You can not tell who last touched ball)
A. Reface at center.
Q. The ball is knocked out by a drawman attempting to direct it?
A. Possession to the other team at center.
Q. The ball deflects out after touching a winger?
A. Possession to the other team at the point where the ball went out (5 yards in from the sideline at the substitution gate only).
Q. The ball goes out of bounds and the referee cannot determine which winger last touched it?
A. Face off 20 feet from the sideline where the ball went out.
Q. A player is injured prior to possession?
A. Re-draw at center.
Q. The Ball goes into either attack goal area?
A. Crank your arm and shout “Free Ball”.
Q. A Player in the restraint area legally reaches over and picks up the ball?
A. Legal Play – Crank your arm and Call “Possession”.
Q. A blue player holds or pushes Red from behind on the face off?
A. Whistle play down and award Red possession of the ball at the point where the ball was when the whistle went. ‘Play on’ might be used here.Note that the players in the restraint areas are not released until the whistle to restart play.
When a team is man-down and there is a faceoff at centre the team has the right to choose which area will not be filled, but they must obey the offside rule.
If a centre faceoff is about to take place and a penalty is about to expire the player has the right, once the penalty has been released to try and get to the proper area, if they choose to.
The following dialogue should be followed on this and any penalty release. Please remember to instruct your timer’s to use this language.
A player whose penalty has expired has the right to enter the field if he feels he can legally do so.
The timer should follow this script whenever releasing a penalty:
Timer: “3, 2, 1, release.”
Player: “Can I go?”
Timer: “Ask your coach.”
Until the whistle has blown to start play he may attempt to get to any area that he chooses to.
Once the faceoff referee has been given an OK signal from his partner, he should continue to conduct the faceoff as they normally would.
If the player chooses to enter the field it is his responsibility to make it to the required area in time.
If the bench side wing area had a player in it (from the same team as the penalized player) and the whistle has blown to start play, it is a technical violation for the released player to enter the field prior to possession or free ball being called.
If the bench side wing area is open and the whistle has blown to start play, the released player may enter the field prior to possession or free ball being called.
When the offensive team takes a shot on goal the “On” referee (the one closest to where the shot came from) shall yell, “Shot”.
If the ball goes out of bounds on a shot, then the team that is legally closest to the ball, where and when the ball goes out, is awarded possession of the ball.
It is not the closest to the endline!
If shot is called in error, then quickly correct the call by shouting “Not a shot” (i.e. you realize that it is a pass and not a shot).
Never call, “Pass”. Only use this after the whistle as a point of clarification.
What do I do when:
Q. The shot hits the pipe and deflects out of bounds at the center line?
A. Award possession to the closest player when and where the ball goes out.
Q. The ball hits a player or his stick then goes out?
A. It is still a shot. Award possession to the closest player when the ball goes out.
Q. The ball is rolling towards the sideline. As the blue player tries to pick the ball up he pushes it out of bounds?
A. Award possession to the red team.
Q. As the ball crosses the endline, both players are equidistant
A. Have a face off. Try to avoid this if at all possible.
A goal is scored when a ball crosses the plane of the goal.
The ball does not have to be loose when it crosses the plane of the goal.
Q The Red player throws his stick in the blue goal with the ball in it.Goal or No Goal?
A No Goal – Red Technical Foul for throwing his stick.
Q A longstick in possession of the ball extends his stick into the opposing crease causing the ball to cross the goal line while still in his stick.
The Goalkeeper is deemed to be inside the crease when any part of his body is touching inside the crease (crease line included).
Any other defensive player in the crease does not have the privileges of the Designated Goalkeeper.
The goalkeeper, while in his crease, has lost his stick. A shot is taken and he stops it.
Ruling: Legal play.
If the goalkeeper loses his stick while outside of the crease he must retrieve it before returning to the crease.
The act of returning to the crease without his stick is a technical foul.
A.Illegal – technical foul. The goaltender has one foot in the crease so is considered in the crease.
Q. The Blue goalkeeper has the ball in his possession and has one foot in the crease and one foot out. The red attackman checks the goalkeepers stick. Legal or illegal?
Q. The Blue goalkeeper is standing in the crease and has possession of the ball in his stick outside the crease. The Red attackman checks the stickLegal or illegal?
A.Illegal - technical foul. The goaltender is considered in the crease, so cannot be checked at all.
Q. The Blue goalkeeper is standing in the crease with his stick outside the crease and does not have possession of the ball. The Red attackman checks the stick within 9’ of a loose ball.Legal or illegal?
A.Legal - The part of the goaltender’s stick that is outside the crease can be checked provided he does not have the ball.
Q. The Blue goalkeeper is standing in the crease with his stick clamped on the ball outside the crease. The Red attackman checks the stick. Legal or illegal?
A. Legal. The goalkeeper’s stick can be checked outside the crease provided he does not have the ball. A clamped ball outside the crease is not deemed to be possession.
A Illegal – Technical Foul The goalkeeper is deemed to be in possession when the ball is clamped inside the crease.
A Illegal – Technical Foul The goalkeeper is entitled to clear the ball without interference.The ball must be in possession for a foul to have occurred. Look and see if the ball was still in the stick when contact was made.
Q. The Blue Goalkeeper has the ball in his possession, and has one foot in the crease, and one foot out. As he fakes the pass, he lifts his back foot from the crease, then puts his foot back down inside the crease.Legal or illegal?
A. Legal –The goalkeeper, while in his crease, can take part in play.
A. Illegal –The goalkeeper, while outside his crease, cannot take part in play. He must recover his stick before he does anything.
Q. The Blue Goalkeeper, has lost his stick and is OUTSIDE his crease. Red takes a shot and it is stopped by the goalkeeper.
Q. The Red attackman is running towards the goal. He takes a shot and scores. His momentum carries him into the Blue crease.Goal, or No Goal?
Goal! As long as the shot was taken from outside the crease, and the ball crossed the plane prior to the Red player entering the crease.
Possession must never start in the crease.
If awarding a Goalkeepers ball (i.e. ball stuck in the goalkeepers equipment), then it can be awarded to any defensive player 20 yards away and parallel to the goal.
Ball caught in the netting.
If legally on the field:
- can exchange sticks
- cannot throw stick (warn first time)
- must step off field into gate
Play the full two periods regardless of goals scored.
This procedure will continue until a goal is scored.
The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) men’s field lacrosse rulebook is the same as the FIL rule book for men’s field lacrosse, with a few minor but important adjustments.
It should be consulted often. There is no substitute for an in-depth knowledge of the rules, and their application.
All fouls are defined and often have “approved rulings” (A/R’s) that help to interpret the rule. A/R’s carry the same weight as a rule.
Interference – Rule 52
Illegal Pick – Rule 54
Holding - Rule 55
Kicking the Crosse
Handling the Ball
With-Holding the Ball From Play - Rule 58
Illegal Actions With The Crosse - Rule 59
Illegal Actions By Team Officials - Rule 59
Illegal Procedure - Rule 61
Stalling – Rule 62
Illegal Crosse - Rule 63
Illegal Crosse - Rule 63
First offence – Technical Foul
Second offence same player – Technical Foul – and the stick is removed to the timers bench. It does not have to be the same stick as the first call.
Illegal Equipment - Rule 64
Banished from the game with no further penalty to the team.
Offside - Rule 65
Thrusting The Crosse In The Face of An Opponent Rule 66
Avoidable Lateness – Rule 67
Grasping Head Of Stick – Ball In Stick Rule 58.3
Intent is to penalize players with-holding ball from play
Not to be applied for merely adjusting head of stick
Illegal Body Check Rule 70
Slashing – Rule 71
Tripping- Rule 73
Unnecessary RoughnessRule 74
Unsportsmanlike Conduct - Rule 75
Any player who, after being called for an unsportsmanlike foul, continues to act in an unsportsmanlike manner can be banished. This is not an expulsion foul and there is no further penalty.
The ball is loose near the centre line.
A Blue player illegally pushes a Red player, causing him to go into an off-side position.
It looks as if the Red player could pick up the ball, step back on-side, and go to the Blue goal.
Ruling: The referee yells “Play-on”.