March 6, 2015
TO: NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Conference Commissioners, Athletic Directors and Head Coaches.
FROM: Robert Scalise, chair NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee
William Scroggs, Secretary-Rules Editor NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee
RE: Reminders on Stick Specifications.
The committee has been made aware of two issues in the early season and is communicating to clarify these items.
1. Altered Sticks. Please be aware that altering a crosse from the manufacturer in any manner to gain an advantage, is illegal (Rule 1-19, page 14). This includes cutting or removing any part of the stick (e.g., sidewalls). An altered stick is considered an illegal stick. Coaches in particular should be alert to these rules and able to confirm that all player equipment meets the rules specifications.
2. Stringing of Sticks. Several officials have observed stringing techniques that are clearly attempting to violate the spirit and intent of the rules. In these methods, the stringing creates a U-shaped channel and is in direct conflict of the intent of Rule 1-19. Please also refer to Appendix I/Stick Check, Shooting Strings Measurement (page 89).
Please be advised that stringing methods that create this type of channel are considered to be in violation of the current rule. The committee believes these stringing methods to be a blatant attempt to circumvent the rules.
Thank you for your time in reviewing this information. If you have any questions regarding competition rules, please send them to secretary-editor Willie Scroggs (email@example.com) and he will respond promptly. Good luck the rest of the season.