Covid Adaptations to the Rules of Lacrosse

Adaptations to the Rules of Lacrosse

Due to Covid, some temporary adaptations will be in force with immediate effect. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible and reduce the need to handle the ball therefore there will not be any face-offs, draws or throws. This page describes the rules adaptations and the officials’ admin / mechanics.

Unless expressly stated, the information applies to both men’s and women’s field lacrosse.

Coin toss

One captain from each team only, maintain 2m separation.

Team winning coin toss get to choose which end to attack 1st & 3rd quarter (i.e. as normal)

AND choose one of :

  1. start with possession in 1st & 3rd quarters
  2. start with possession in 2nd and 4th quarters
  3. get the first alternate possession, which would otherwise have been a face-off (men) or throw (women) in normal play

Take a note on your scorecard of who will start each quarter, and during the game record each alternate possession so you know who will get the next one.

Loser of the coin toss chooses one from the remaining choices in (i) – (iii)

Stick (and other equipment) checks

At this stage of the return to play, there will be no physical equipment checks. Respect your opponents; compete with legal equipment; accept any decision the officials make in this area to keep the game safe and fair.

Social distancing and minimising risk of infection

If you are officiating, you must not share equipment, particularly whistles. If a whistle must be used by a different individual from week to week, it needs to be sanitised and/or not used for 48 hours between games. If refereeing / umpiring duties are shared during a match, each official must use a separate whistle.

Electronic whistles are not required, but may be used.

Keep 2m away from all players as far as is possible.

Avoid touching the ball, or the goals – visual inspection only before the game.

If opposing players approach one another, other than in the normal play of the game, for example to enter into an argument, then consider the use of “unsportsmanlike conduct” or “misconduct – yellow card” fouls.

Additional responsibility as a referee / umpire

If you are a neutral official, then ensure that the home team have your contact details, just in case there is a potential “track and trace” situation.

Men’s Field

No face-offs
  • At the start of each quarter, the team who have been assigned possession start play at the centre spot, with all other players confined to the normal wing line and restraining line areas, and their opponent at least 5 yards away.
  • After a goal, the defending team take the ball to the centre spot. Players are not confined to wing line and restraining areas, but all players must be 5 yards away from the player with the ball before the whistle is blown to restart play.
  • If there would have been a “face off other than at the centre”, for example after loose ball simultaneous technical fouls, then the ball is awarded to one team based on alternate possession. Start at least 20 yards from the goal, with all other players at least 5 yards away.

Women’s Field

No centre draws
  • At the start of each quarter, the team who have been assigned possession start play at the centre spot, with all other players positioned as if the draw was taking place i.e. normal number of players around the centre circle and behind the restraining lines.
  • After a goal, the defending team take the ball to the centre spot and they restart play from there.

Women’s Field

No throws
  • If there would have been a throw, then the ball is awarded to one team based on alternate possession.