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New NFHS Bulletin – 03.11.2011

A new bulletin has been posted by the NFHS in regards to some situations and rulings for the 2011 season. Please take a moment to review these updates and make note of them.

National Federation of State High School Associations

Memorandum

To: State Association Executive Directors and State Boys Lacrosse Contacts
From: Kent Summers/Ned Sparks
Subject: 2011 Boys Lacrosse Rules Book and Exam Corrections
Date: March 11, 2011

Two additional items have come to our attention with regard to the 2011 NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules Book and exam.

1. Situation and Ruling 1.10.1 on page 17 was not updated to reflect the revision in rule 1-10-1b. The revised wording for that situation and ruling follows:

1.10.1 SITUATION: Prior to the game, the Team B coach requests the referee to examine a cast/splint on the forearm of one of his players. The protective item has “hard” material, but is covered with at least ½-inch thick, closed-cell, slow-recovery foam padding. The coach: (a) provides; or (b) does not provide, written authorization from an appropriate health-care professional directing the use of the cast/splint as necessary to protect an injury. RULING: In both (a) and (b), the cast/splint may be worn during the game. A letter from an appropriate health-care professional is not required.

2. Question number 19 on the 2011 NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules Exam incorrectly lists the answer as A, true. The correct answer is actually B, false. The question with the correct answer follows:

19. A player who accumulates five fouls of any kind is disqualified from the game.
Answer: False

Rule Reference:
Page 54 Rule 5 Section 10 Fouling Out
Any player who accumulates five personal fouls, regardless of the penalty time accrued, shall be disqualified from the game.

We apologize for the errors.

NFHS Revision to Rule 5-3 Regarding Illegal Body Check

Please note that it has been brought to the attention of the ILOA that the NFHS has issued a revision to the 2011 rules addressing an unintentional ommission of some language regarding the requirement of players to keep their hands on their stick when apply a legal body check. Please take a moment to read the memorandum issued by the NFHS below.

Note that the specific section has been underlined and called out in red.

NFHS revision to rule 5-3 IBC contact to the head

Memorandum

To: State Association Executive Directors and State Boys Lacrosse Contacts
From: Kent Summers/Ned Sparks
Subject: 2011 Boys Lacrosse Rules Book Correction
Date: March 1, 2011

An omission from the 2011 NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules Book has been discovered. In the revision of rule 5-3 to address contact with the head, text was inadvertently omitted stipulating that a player applying a check is required to keep both hands in contact with his crosse when applying the check. The following text should be added to the rules book as a new article 7:

Body checking of an opponent by a player in which contact is made above the shoulders of the opponent is illegal. To be legal, a body check shall be below the neck and both hands of the player applying the body check shall remain in contact with his crosse.

The entire text of rule 5-3 shall now read as follows:

Rule 5 Section 3 – Illegal Body Check

Art. 1 – Body-checking of an opponent who is not in possession of the ball or *within five yards of a loose ball.

ART. 2 – Avoidable body check of an opponent after he has passed or shot the ball.

ART. 3 – Body-checking of an opponent from the rear or at or below the waist.

ART. 4 – Blocking of an opponent with the head or initiating contact with the head against an opponent, initiating contact directly to an opponent’s head or initiating contact to an opponent’s body that then follows through to the head. A one-to-three minute non-releasable penalty will be assessed.

ART. 5 – Body-checking of an opponent who has any part of his body other than his feet on the ground.

ART. 6 – If a player who is about to be body-checked turns his back, jumps or moves in such a manner to make what started out to be a legal check appear illegal, no foul is committed by the player applying the body-check.

art. 7 – Body checking of an opponent by a player in which contact is made above the shoulders of the opponent is illegal. To be legal, a body check shall be below the neck and both hands of the player applying the body check shall remain in contact with his crosse.