NOTE: Due to the cancellation of spring sports last year because of the Coronavirus, the 2020 NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules will be used for the 2021 season. The Rules Changes written last year will apply for the 2021 season. These comments, which all reference the 2020 NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules Book, will be in effect for the 2021 season.
1-9-1 — Equipment and Uniform Standards Alerts are being introduced in order to prepare schools for these changes in 2021 and 2022.
2-7-2f — The ruling states that the CBO is no longer responsible for determining if a team has too few players on the field.
4-5, 4-22 — Restart: In the effort to maintain the quicker pace of play, the committee has adopted a change in restarts. The new ruling will allow an immediate whistle (unless an offensive teammate is within 5 yards of the player in possession.) The defending player on any restart shall establish a distance of 5 yards. If the defender is within that 5-yard distance, that player may be liable to be penalized for “delay of game.” The defender not beyond the 5-yard distance may not play the player in possession or obstruct the player in possession‘s direct path toward the goal. Once the 5-yard distance has been satisfied, the defender then may play the ball and or the player in possession of the ball.
4-24-6 — A time-out charge for concussion-type symptoms will be designated as an official’s time-out.
5-5 — Illegal crosse: In an effort to simplify the penalty for crosse violations, all crosse violations will be assessed a two-minute non-releasable penalty. The crosse may be adjusted and allowed to be used in the game. Every crosse in the bench area is subject to be inspected and need not have been used in the game in order to be inspected.
5-10 — In an effort to prevent a player from throwing a crosse under any circumstance, a clarification has been written to explain the penalty for throwing of the crosse. Throwing a crosse at a player, the ball or other game personnel regardless of contact will result in a penalty of one-, two- or three-minute non-releasable unsportsmanlike conduct.
6-1-1, 6-2-1 — These changes are relocated to be consistent with the Rule 7-8-2 changes regarding slow-whistle technique from 2018.
6-5-2 — A player throwing a crosse for other reasons, i.e., personal frustration or poor player/coach crosse exchange shall be ruled as a technical foul.