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Boys HS rule of the week - "in the middle of a game, the shooter shoots and scores, and his stick head comes flying off - what's the call?" (I know it sounds weird, but I had it happen to me twice in the last year)

The correct call is no goal, as the shooter is playing without a crosse (a broken crosse is considered to be no crosse). Defensive team gets the ball outside the attack box, lateral to the goal line.  The shooter must leave the field immediately, and get a new crosse. 


Boys' HS rule of the week - "Why, when our face-off guy wins the face-off, and is shaking his stick, do the refs give the ball to the other team?" 

If, in the official's opinion, the ball is stuck in the back of the faceoff guy's stick, then the call is "withholding the ball from play", and the other team gets the ball.  Typically, if the player has to shake his stick more than once to dislodge the ball, it is considered to be stuck.


 
Boys' HS rule of the week - "the stall warning - how does that work?"


The stall warning is in the rulebook to ensure that the team with the ball, in a settled offensive situation, makes an effort to attack the cage.  There is no simple, hard-and-fast rule when the stall is applied, it is up to the judgement of the officials working the game (just like almost everything else).  Typically, in a close game, the officials will allow the team with the ball time to substitute in their offensive middies, and then have 2-3 trips around the cage with the ball.  After that, if it appears that there is no effort to attack the cage, then the refs will yell "Keep it in", which forces the offense to stay in the attack box of the goal they are shooting at.  Three situations will end a stall warning that has been called:

1) The offensive team scores.
2) The defense causes a turnover.
3) The quarter ends.

The stall is also automatically put on a team winning during the last two minutes of the 4th quarter, but there is no automatic stall warning if the game is tied at that point.





Boy's Rule of the Week - "Can an attackman go out of bounds, to avoid going offside?"

The short answer is "yes".  Typically, on a clear/ride situation, the clearing player with the ball, the riding attackman, the sideline, and the centerline, arrive together at more-or-less the same time.  If the riding attackman, in order to avoid running/sliding/falling offsides, goes out of bounds instead, that is legal, as long as he immediately  returns to the field, on side of the field where he went out of bounds.  This is a (very temporary) exception to the offsides rule.


Boy's Rule of the Week - "The 20-Second clearing count - how does that work, again?" For high school boys games, once the goalie makes the save, the referee next to the goal turns on a 20-second timer, and also starts to swing his arm.  The goalie has four seconds to pass, or run out of the crease with the ball.  The clearing team then has a total of 20 seconds to run/throw/kick the ball past the midfield line, including the four seconds the goalie may have used in the crease.  If the referee's timer goes off while the clearing team still has the ball on the goalie's end of the field, there is a whistle for "failure to advance", and the ball is turned over to the other team.


Boy's Lacrosse Rule of the week - "Required Equipment - what's in, what's out, and what the heck is a goalie supposed to wear?"

First, the basics - all boys players, regardless of age or position, are required to wear a field lacrosse helmet, a mouthpiece, two lacrosse (not hockey) gloves, and have a stick in their hand in order to participate in the game.  They also need two sneaker or cleats on their feet.  All field position players must have shoulder pads and two elbows pads on.  For high-school goalies, the arm pads and shoulder pads are optional, but a chest protector and a throat protector attached to the helmet are mandatory.  For modified level and below, the goalies are also supposed to wear shoulder pads and arm pads, in addition to the chest protector and the throat protector.  Goalies are allowed to wear football pants, with or without the pads installed, but they are not allowed to wear hockey goalie gloves or baseball catcher shin guards, at any level of scholastic play. 


Boy's Rule of the Week - "When can you hit the other guy?"

The boys HS  rulebook states "body checking in possession of the ball or within five yards of a loose ball or when the ball is in flight within five yards ot the player, from the front or side above the waist and below the neck, is legal".  A long definition, but it covers the bases.  Illegal body check are typically called when the player being hit is:

    - More than five years beyond the loose ball, or ball in flight (like cleaning the goalie's clock after the clearing pass).
    - Hit from behind, below the waist, or above the shoulders - depending on the severity of the blow from behind, it could be called a 30-second push, or a minute illegal body check.
    - Checking a player while any part of his body, other than his feet or hands, are touching the ground.  If you hit a player on the ground, expect a flag.