Games changers? New men's rules for 2012

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On the weekend of 17/18 March 2012 15 ALRA referees, together with some partners, journeyed down to Torquay for our annual pre-season training camp. The program commenced on Saturday afternoon with 9 holes of golf at the prestigious Queen's Park Golf Club where some blistering drives, deft chips and precise putting confirmed that our sporting prowess is not just confined to the lacrosse field.

After the game we headed to our salubrious lodgings at the Sedgeway residence in Torquay where we spent the evening recounting some fine stories surrounding the day's golf and experiences on the lacrosse field.

On Sunday morning we awoke to a cooked breakfast prepared by Chef John (of Sedgeway's Restaurant) before embarking on a day of intensive study of the rules of men's lacrosse. For this season a number of rules have been introduced/modified and the major ones for players to be aware of are summarised as follows:

  • The head of the crosse must measure between 6 inches (15.24cm) and 10 inches (25.4cm) at its widest point
  • The butt end of the crosse handle must either be solid with no sharp edges or, if hollow, it must have its open end adequately covered with plastic, rubber or tape to prevent injury. The use of metal caps is prohibited.
  • All strings on the crosse shall be limited to a hanging length of 2 inches (5.08cm)
  • In the case of an expulsion foul against a player or substitute, the in-home player of the offending team shall serve the penalty of 3 minutes plus any additional penalty time that the expelled player has incurred
  • If the officials have "frozen" the benches for any reason (eg a fight has occurred on the field) and any team personnel leave the bench area (with the exception of the team's medical staff) then they MUST be expelled from the game.
  • The Nominated Defender rule. Before the game commences the Head Coach shall nominate a starting longstick to be the Nominated Defender. Where the goalkeeper commits a time-serving penalty, the Nominated Defender shall serve the suspension but the penalty will be charged against the goalkeeper's name.
    NOTE: This rule will NOT be adopted in Victoria for the 2012 season but it will be
    implemented in all national and international competitions being held this
    year. Consequently, we will provide further information about this rule in
    coming months.

During the afternoon we all sat for our annual rules examination which we are required to complete (and pass) in order to be accredited as an ALRA referee.

The weekend concluded at 3.00pm with everyone agreeing that it was another outstanding success in enhancing our understanding of the rules and mechanics of the game and in promoting collegiality amongst the refereeing fraternity.

In March 2013 we will hold another weekend and anyone who is considering joining ALRA as a referee is encouraged to come along and join in the fun. Further enquiries can be made by emailing our President, Kelvin Minerds, at or by talking to an ALRA referee at your next game.


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