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AYL TV – Unnecessary Roughness

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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.

Don’t forget to post any comments or questions below!

Cheers,
Gordon

AYL TV – Tripping

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Rule 5, Section 7 – Tripping (NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rule Book)

“Tripping is obstructing an opponent at or below the waist with the crosse (lacrosse stick), hands, arms, feet or legs, by any positive primary action if the obstructing player is on his feet or by any secondary action when the obstructing player is not on his feet. When a player legally checks the crosse of an opponent and the result is to cause the opponent to trip over his own crosse, no foul is committed. Similarly, if an opponent falls over a player’s crosse when that player is attempting to scoop a loose ball, no foul has been committed.”

Hopefully this video tutorial was helpful in showing you the difference between a trip and incidental contact. Remember, there must be positive action by the defender in order for a trip to be called.

Since a trip is a one, two, or three minute personal foul it can be a very heavy penalty to have at the beginning of a game. You may see a trip getting called as a push with possession, a 30 second technical foul. This shows the players and the coaches that the official is watching the game but does not want to start the game out with such a heavy penalty.

If you have any comments or questions please post them below.

Cheers,
Gordon

AYL TV – Slashing

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Today’s video focuses on one of the most common penalties in lacrosse – the slash.

Rule 5, Section 6 – Slashing (NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rule Book)

Art. 1 – “Swinging a crosse at an opponent’s crosse or body with deliberate viciousness or reckless abandon, regardless of whether the opponent’s crosse or body is struck.”

Art. 3 – “Striking an opponent in any part of the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, groin or on the head with the crosse (including its butt end), except when done by a player in the act of passing, shooting or attempting to scoop the ball. In all situations, the player’s gloved hand shall be considered part of the crosse, except when in contact with a line marking.”

Hopefully this video tutorial was helpful in showing you what a slash looks like on different parts of the body. Remember a proper stick check should only hit the stick or the gloved hands that are holding onto the stick.

If you have any comments or questions please post them below.

Cheers,
Gordon