Boys Lacrosse Rules Corrections

By on March 04, 2021 lacrosse-boys Print

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 changes, which all reference the 2020 NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules Book, will be in effect for the 2021 season. 

4-22-1 – For all restarts, the game shall resume as quickly as possible and nearest to the spot of the ball when play stopped. All offensive players shall be 5 yards or more away from the player in possession of the ball. On the official’s whistle, play restarts.

Comment: As an editorial clarification the word offensive has been added.


5-10-1e – Throwing a crosse at the ball, at a player or other game personnel.

              PENALTY: One-to three-minute, non-releasable

Comment: Throwing the crosse, as a personal foul, is a non-releasable penalty, under any circumstance.


5.11 SITUATION – The situation should read:

A1 receives a two-minute illegal crosse penalty and a one-minute non-releasable penalty for wearing football shoulder pads during the first quarter.  In the second half, A1 receives a two-minute, non-releasable penalty. RULING: A1 has fouled out of the game, but has not been ejected.

Comment: With the updated rule allowing for corrections to a crosse with a two-minute non-releasable penalty, this situation would no longer be accurate.