SPRINGS, COLORADO --- The NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee
reviewed its rules and made several proposed alterations to encourage
safe and fair play at its June 17-20 meeting. The committee’s actions
must be considered by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel before final
The committee reviewed numerous proposals from the coaching community,
including a change to when timeouts may be called. In the committee’s
proposal, teams will be allowed to request a timeout anytime they are
in clear possession of the ball as well as after the scoring of a goal.
Teams remain limited to two timeouts per game.
“This issue had strong support on our survey and the committee received
numerous proposals for this change,” said Karen Borbee, chair of the
committee and senior woman administrator/women’s lacrosse coach at
The committee also approved an altered definition of marking within a
stick’s length. The new definition will not allow a combined arm and
stick’s length as the distance considered to be marking an opponent. In
the new definition, the length of the stick is the determining factor.
“The committee believes this will address several concerns with three
seconds and shooting space fouls,” Borbee said. Additionally, to
encourage increased enforcement and understanding of crosse to body
contact, the committee added another example of illegal use of the
stick. This additional description
identifies lowering the head of the stick below the shoulder and initiating crosse to body contact as a major foul.
“These changes are intended to address the growing concern regarding rough play in our game,” Borbee said.
Finally, the committee approved its points of emphasis for the 2008
season, including instructing umpires to examine defensive offsides and
three seconds calls with regard to advantage.
A complete listing of rules changes will be distributed to member
institutions and posted on the NCAA Website for comment before the
oversight panel considers the proposals.
The current members of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee are:
Danie Caro, Quinnipiac University; Kelly Amonte Hiller, Northwestern
University, vice chair; Jenny Levy, University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill; Barbara Questa, St. Bonaventure University; Cecil Pilson,
Mercyhurst College; Karen Borbee, Swarthmore College, chair; Christine
Paradis, Amherst College; Kathy Railey, Villa Julie College; and Pat
Dillon, secretary-rules editor.
Kim Basner, national coordinator of officials, and Laura Hebert, US
Lacrosse, attended the meeting as non-voting umpiring liaisons.