2015-2016 Women’s Rules for Schools, Clubs, BUCS

In advance of the new National Lacrosse Committee’s first meeting, the outgoing Women’s Playing Committee has taken advice from international umpires Wendy Reynolds, Paul Bibby and Giles Clark with relation to rules to be played in the upcoming 2015-2016.

It is hoped that the following will help all umpires at all levels to continue to grow our game through rules interpretations. The new NLC will be responsible for this area in the future, and they will welcome any ideas or feedback on an current or proposed rules. English Lacrosse has always played according the official FIL international rules, but there is scope for change in the future if it continues to grow our game at the recreational level.

For the 2015-2016, we will continue to play international rules at all levels, with the exception of rule 13.9 (the ‘stick drop’ rule).

An excellent page for consultation is http://filacrosse.com/womens-documents-rules-equip/, where you can find a PDF of the current rule book, current ‘approved sticks’ list, as well as diagrams for how to mark out the unified pitch markings.

Reminders and guidance: rule implementation for all umpires, players, captains, coaches, teachers!

  1. the unified pitch markings should be currently in use for this season, with the phasing in of these markings last season. Please check to ensure these markings are being used at all levels. Whilst it is ideal for team boxes and subbing areas to be used, this is not always practical for every level of the game. We recommend using cones as a simple subbing gate at       the half way for both teams at all age levels.
  2. Reminder that in the sport of lacrosse, all jewelry must be removed before play (cannot be covered with tape) with the exception of medical or religious jewelry. See Rule 6.F for guidelines.
  3. It is the responsibility of all players to ensure that they are playing with an FIL legal stick: whilst umpires should have general knowledge of what sticks are legal, players must also be students of the game and check their stringing and heads adhere to FIL rules. This is for the safety of all players. Umpires/coaches at all levels (including school matches) may ask any player to find a replacement stick if they are found to be using an illegal stick. Teachers have a similar responsibility to ensure all school team sticks are safe for use.
  4. We would like from the 2015-2016 season for umpires/teachers/coaches to have a stick check before every game at every level to ensure player safety. This can be done quickly before the start of the game by checking the opposition team’s sticks.
  5. Eye protection (goggles) are highly recommended by English Lacrosse for player safety.
  6. Goalkeepers should wear an identical shirt to their team on top of her chest protector. As a minimum, a numbered shirt of similar colour to her team’s shirts should be worn. We would like for this to include school matches, wherever possible. Goalkeepers MUST have a regulation throat protector.
  7. Yellow cards (and green and yellow/red) should be given if appropriate at all age levels. Whilst it might seem harsh to give an U12 a yellow card, this can be an excellent teaching opportunity if the rule is explained carefully and clearly. The card system is explained in Ruled 23 (starting on page 75).
  8. Timeouts: each team is allowed two 90 second time outs per game, with one during overtime. ‘Dead ball’ timeouts are now included:
    • The team calling the timeout must have possession when the foul is called (for example, the ball goes out of bounds, and your team gets the ball 4 m in from the sideline)
    • The timeout cannot be called when the ball is within 15 metres of the goal (ie within the fan)
    • Sticks must be dropped by all players to mark where they should return to once the timeout has finished.
    • Substitutions are not allowed
      Rule 21: Advantage Flag. We would like this rule to be a focus for the 2015-2016 season. The Advantage flag is simply calling ‘Flag’ and either using your yellow flag or holding up your hand. This indicates to the attacking team that you are playing advantage within the 15m fan. Please see the rule book (page 71) for more detail, but essentially:

9. Rule 21: Advantage Flag. We would like this rule to be a focus for the 2015-2016 season. The Advantage flag is simply calling ‘Flag’ and either using your yellow flag or holding up your hand. This indicates to the attacking team that you are playing advantage within the 15m fan. Please see the rule book (page 71) for more detail, but essentially:

You lower your flag/hand if:

  • A goal is scored
  • a shot is taken

You award a free position if:

    • the scoring play finishes (i.e. the attacker moves away from goal or passes it to a player that is clearly not in a scoring position
    • the ball carrier is fouled again, either by the same defender or a new defender
  1. The ‘new’ draw: 12.A.2: To draw, the ball is placed between the crosses on the upper one- half of the head near the widest part of the head.
  1. A gentle reminder that the maximum goal differential in lacrosse is a maximum12. There is no benefit for any team at any level to run up their score so the difference between the teams’ scores is greater than 12. This includes BUCS leagues at all levels.

If you have any questions about any rules, please do not hesitate to contact your regions’ umpiring reps:

South East: Giles Clarke at giles@splashpr.co.uk
North: Paul Bibby at bibbsp@googlemail.com
South West: Rob Keogh at rkeogh@deloitte.co.uk
FIL Rules Committee: Wendy Reynolds at wendyreynolds1367@gmail.com

The National Lacrosse Committee will start meeting from September and one of the areas they will be looking at is the recreational rules played in England, potentially through a small working group. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or would like to be part of this working group, please do not hesitate to contact the NLC chair, Sallie Barker on sbarker@sportandrecreation.org.uk.

2015-2016 Standardised Umpiring Rates

In the ELA Volunteer Strategy, we recognise that the official is as an “expert” and, as such, they will usually be rewarded through some form of recompense. This may take many forms, but below is a guide to stipends per game per level.

Competition Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
League Fixture £25 £25 £25 £25
School Fixture £25 £25 £25 £25
BUCS Fixture £25 £25 £25 £25
Tournament Full Day £50 £75 £100 £125
Tournament Half Day £30 £50 £70 £90