Rules FAQs

 

Women’s Rules FAQs

One team turns up with 9 players how many players should stay behind the restraining line?

Which umpire takes the draw?

What is the difference between a major and minor foul?

What do you do if someone self-starts when a self-start is not allowed?

Where do you set a major and minor free positions when the foul happens within 15m of the goal?


 

Question: One team turns up short e.g. with 9 players how many players should stay behind the restraining line?

Answer: When a team turns up with less than 10 players they do not play short in their attacking or defending side of the restraining lines. A team only plays short in their attacking and defending side of the restraining lines when a player has been carded / suspended.

The restraining line rule refers to the number of people in the attacking or defending side of the restraining lines as opposed to between the 2 restraining lines (central area of field), so while people tend to count the players behind the line, it is actually more accurate (and reflects the rules) to count the players in front of the line. Counting the players in the shaded area means that you do not need to worry so much about the number of players behind you.

The World Lacrosse rules covering restraining line are:
Rule 19A 1 & 2: “A team must not:

Have more than six attack players below/goal side of the restraining line in their offensive/attacking end of the field.

Have more than seven defense players below/goal side of the restraining line in the defensive end of the field. One of these 7 players is usually, but not necessarily the goalkeeper”

If a player is carded / suspended then rule 11B says “During the suspension her team must play with one less player below/goal side of the restraining lines”.

  • Blue team has 9 players – no suspended players
  • Both teams have 10 players
  • Blue team has 9 players, a blue player is suspended. Blue plays 1 man down at the attacking & defending ends.
  • Blue team has 9 players. Red has 10, a player is suspended. Red plays man down at the attacking & defending ends.

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Question: Which umpire takes the draw?

Answer: At the beginning of each half the Charge umpire takes the draw.

After a goal the umpire who was trail umpire when the goal was scored takes the next draw. This allows the lead umpire to get the ball from the goal circle, write down the score and scorer and send the ball to the centre spot. The trail umpire moves swiftly to the centre spot, writes down the score and is ready to receive the ball for the next draw.

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Question: What is the difference between a major and minor foul?

Answer: Minor fouls are irritating rather than dangerous and include things like

  • Illegal equipment ; stick, mouthguards, uniform, jewellery
  • Illegal procedures ; substitution, delay of game, asking for a second stick check on an already legal stick
  • Niggly fouls ; covering the ball, empty stick check, deliberate off the body balls, throwing the lacrosse stick, false starts WHERE AN ADVANTAGE IS GAINED.

Major Fouls are the safety and conduct fouls and include things like

  • Player safety fouls ; check to head, stick on body, dangerous shot, dangerous follow through, dangerous propelling, tripping (accidental or not)
  • Rudeness ; misconduct, intimidating behaviour (either verbal or using the stick)
  • Repeated fouls ; a repeated minor can become a major.

Your job is to keep players safe, so if you see something that looks dangerous or would lead to dangerous play, blow your whistle and stop play. Worry about “what next” later, the most important thing initially is to get play stopped and stop any potentially unsafe play from developing. In terms of setting them up, the offending player is put 4m behind for major fouls, and 4m away to the side, but see here re how to administer fouls within 15m of goal

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Question: What do you do if someone self-starts when a self-start is not allowed?

Answer: Possession is turned over to the opposition e.g. same as we do when the person taking the free position starts before the whistle has gone to re-start play. 

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Question: Where do you set a major and minor free positions when the foul happens within 15m of the goal?

Answer: Click to see how to set up fouls within 15m of goal

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