AYL TV – Unnecessary Roughness

Rule 5, Section 8 – Unnecessary Roughness (NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rule Book)

Art. 1 – “An excessively violent infraction of the rules against holding and pushing.”

Art. 2 – “Deliberate and excessively violent contact made by a defensive player against an offensive player who has established a screening position.”

Art. 3 – “Any avoidable act on the part of a player that is deliberate and excessively violent, whether it be with the body or crosse. This may include a legal body check.” (The Buddy Pass)

Art. 4 – “A check delivered with the gloved hand or hands may not be delivered with a punching blow.”

These are the penalties that make the crowd go “OOOOHHHHH!” Unnecessary Roughness, or UR, is almost entirely a judgement call by the ref. If the official believes a hit was too violent for the age level of the players then a flag will likely be thrown.

Hopefully this video helped you understand the basics of Unnecessary Roughness. This call is typically used as a reminder penalty. It lets the coaches and the players know that the last hit was a little too late or a little too high. It tells everyone on the field to calm down a notch and resume proper body checking.

Remember this is a very subjective call and will likely change game to game and age group to age group.

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About Lou Corsetti

Gordon is a born lacrosse official who played for ten years before realizing he'd much rather ref the game than play it. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia and officiates youth, high school, and collegiate men's lacrosse games all over the southeast. His passion is educating and training officials, coaches, players, parents and all other fans on the rules of lacrosse, it's history, and how best to develop lacrosse in new areas.

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