The differences between Indoor and outdoor Men’s Lacrosse
A. Indoor. The purpose of each team is to score by causing the ball to enter the goal of its opponent and to prevent the other team from securing the ball and scoring. On each offensive possession the attacking team must have a shot on goal within 30-seconds or the ball shall turn over to the defending team.
Field. The purpose of each team is to score by causing the ball to enter the goal of its opponent and to prevent the other team from securing the ball and scoring.
B. Indoor. Two teams of six players play the game of Field Lacrosse. No offside restrictions.
Field. Two teams of ten players play the game of Field Lacrosse. Restricted to offside restrictions three players must remain in the offensive side of centre and four players in the defensive side of centre.
C. Indoor. Each team is made up of 1 Goalkeeper, 2 defenders, and 1 Centre and 2 Attackers.
Field. Each team is made up of 1 Goalkeeper, 3 defenders, and 3 Midfielders and 3 Attackers.
D. Indoor. The ball is to be kept in play by being carried, thrown, or batted with the stick, rolled or kicked in any direction. A kicking motion during the scoring of a goal shall nullify that goal. The sticks shall have a measurement between 40”-46” in length and at the head portion have an inside measurement between 4 1/2”-7”. Goalkeeper’s stick has a 15” inside measurement and can be any length.
Field. The ball is to be kept in play by being carried, thrown, or batted with the stick, rolled or kicked in any direction including the scoring of a goal. The sticks shall have a measurement between 40”-42” and 52”-72” in length and at the head portion have an inside measurement between 4”-10”. Only 4 sticks are allowed on the field at one time with the measurement between 52”and 72”. Goalkeeper’s stick has a 15” inside measurement and can be any length.
E. Indoor. The ball may not be touched by a player’s hand, except the Goalkeeper who is within his/her crease. The Goalkeeper may pick up a ball with the hand while within the goal crease. A violation by any player other than the Goalkeeper inside or the crease shall cause possession or a possible penalty shot, to be awarded to the non-offending team.
Field. The ball may not be touched by a player’s hand, except the Goalkeeper who is within his/her crease. The Goalkeeper may not pick up a ball with the hand while within the goal crease, violation this rule shall cause possession to be awarded to the non-offending team. A violation by any player other than the
Goalkeeper inside or outside the crease shall cause possession to be awarded to the non-offending team.
F. Indoor. The floor shall measure 200 feet x 85 feet. The portion of the floor in which the goal is situated shall be called the “Defensive Zone” of the team defending that goal; the central portion shall be known as the “Neutral Zone”, and the portion farthest from the defended goal as the “Attacking Zone”. The goal net shall measure 4 feet high x 4 feet 9 inches wide and have a goal crease with a 9 foot 3 inch radius. The substitution area shall measure a total of 6 feet either side of the outer edge of each player’s bench. The coaches shall be positioned just behind the players on the bench.
Field. The field shall measure 110 yards x 60 yards with a distance of 80 yards between both goals. The goal net shall measure 6 feet x 6 feet and have a goal crease with a 9-foot radius. The substitution area shall measure a total of 10 yards, 5 yards each side of the centre line. The coaches (walk) area shall be adjacent to the sideline between the substitution area and the goal area for a total of 15 yards in length; the players bench area shall be positioned just behind the coaches (walk) area.
Many things can happen in a Field Lacrosse game that you do not see in a Box Lacrosse game, for example off sides. The different components to a foul, because of the possession of the ball or the severity and/or intention of the foul are different in each game.
In the indoor game there are no off sides. Technical fouls are crease violations hand ball, face off violations and a loose ball fouls
Both Indoor and Field Possession has a lot to do with what happens when a foul takes place. If a team is in possession of the ball and they commit a Technical or Personal foul play would be stopped immediately. In regards to technical penalties the player’s team would loose possession of the ball and serve time if required if the penalty was severe enough to cause a minor penalty. The ball is not in possession to either team and foul occurs; the ball shall be awarded to the non-offending team. The Play-On technique could be applied in this situation, so that play would not be halted and the advantage of playing-on would not hinder the non-offending team. The Play-On Technique: Where a player commits a loose ball Technical foul (hand on the back) and the blowing of the whistle to stop play would disadvantage the offended team the Official would visually and verbally signal Play-On by pointing in the direction that team would travel to score a goal. If the offended team gains control and possession of the ball, then the Play-On situation has lapsed, and the Official will cease to signal.
A loose ball personal foul would not have the same Play-On situation. The play would stop immediately the ball awarded to the non-offending team. The player that committed the foul would be sent off the field. floor to serve their time in the penalty bench beside the Timers bench area or penalty box.
A team is in possession of the ball and a player from the opposing team commits a Personal foul the
Indoor Official shall raise his arm straight up with an open palm and play shall continue until. 1. The shot clock expires 2. The defending team gains control and possession of the ball. 3. The offensive team commits a personal foul. 4. The balls travels back court over the centre line.
Field A team is in possession of the ball and a player from the opposing team commits a Technical/Personal foul the Official shall throw a flag and play shall continue until. 1. The attacking team loses control and possession of the ball. 2. Lost the opportunity of scoring on the original play. 3. The ball is brought behind the goal twice. 4. The ball starts behind the goal then is brought in front of the goal then cause it to go behind the goal again. The ball is carried back over the attack area into the attack half. 5. 6. The ball travels out of bounds. 7. A player on the attacking team causes a foul.
Technical Fouls Indoor. There is one type of Technical Foul awarded possession.
Field. There are two types of Technical Fouls awarded possession, or 30-second penalty. The player must serve his/her full time in the penalty box area but may be substituted for from the gate. A goal scored against shall release players from serving the balance of their Technical Penalty time.
Interference/pushing/illegal pick/holding/kicking an opponent’s stick/handling the ball/withholding the ball from play/illegal actions with the stick/ illegal actions by team officials/illegal procedure/stalling/illegal stick/illegal equipment/off-side/ thrusting the stick at the face of opponent/avoidable lateness.
Personal Fouls Personal fouls are those of a more serious nature.
Indoor. The penalty for a personal foul shall be suspension from the game for a period between 2-minute minor penalty and a 5-minute major penalty depending on the severity of the foul at the discretion of the Official. A player may receive a game misconduct penalty for a more severe penalty and or up to a match penalty for deliberately injuring an opponent. See below under expulsion fouls. Field. The penalty for a personal foul shall be suspension from the game for
a period between 1 and 3 minutes depending on the severity of the foul at the discretion of the Official.
Indoor. The player must serve his/her full time in the penalty box. Field. The player must serve his/her full time in the penalty box area but may be substituted for from the gate.
Expulsion Fouls Deliberately or attempt to deliberately strike an opponent or anyone involve in the game. Most penalties when an injury occurs.
Indoor. 5 minute major penalties plus a game misconduct and or Match penalties.
Field. Players fighting or anyone attempting to join in a fight.
Any unsportsmanlike conduct fouls with continued abuse as per rule 75.2 a player may be banished from the bench area.
The In-Home shall serve all 3 minutes in the penalty box area.
Substitutions Indoor. The player may exit and enter at different doors or through the same door or over the boards. The player exiting the floor has the right of way and substitution must be immanent. The player exiting the floor must leave the floor and enter his team box area.
Any illegal substitution shall be a Bench minor penalty. (NOTE) 1: If on a change of possession the defensive team is found to have too many men on the floor, a delayed penalty shall be imposed on the defensive team. (NOTE) 2: If on a change of possession the offensive team is found to have too many men on the floor for the purpose of a “fast break” then the play should be blown down immediately and a two-minute penalty should be imposed on the offensive team.
Field. The substituting player must wait in the substitution area for the player he/ she is replacing to leave the playing field through the gate. Only then may the substitute enter onto the playing field. Both players must enter and exit through the gate.
A player has left the field his replacement may delay his/her entry onto the field/ floor to gain a tactical advantage.
Indoor. A ream is required to have the correct number of players on the floor prior to a face off. Field. There is nothing in the rulebook that requires a team to have 10 players in the game at any time.
Penalty shots situations Indoor. A penalty shot is assessed to restore a lost scoring situation and or a team placing a third player into the penalty bench for a time served foul.
Rules 91i and 91j and rule 100 are the most common for a lost scoring opportunity in which a penalty shot would be awarded.
Play of the ball and equal pressure by both the offense and defense. Both the Indoor and the Field games are played with similar situations. In the Field game we use 6 attackers and 6 defenders and Goalkeeper. In the Indoor game we use 5 attackers and 5 defenders and Goalkeeper. The X man in the Field game is not used in the Indoor game as the distance from the end boards to the goal crease line in most cases do not allow enough space to move freely.
Both defenders and attackers must use equal pressure while playing, a player may not use excessive force to move a player farther in or out of his area and faster than he has intended himself to travel while playing those positions. A defender stopping a player from moving into your attack area by pushing back his intended thrust away from the attack area is permissible as long as equal pressure is used. All slashing and or excessive crosschecking shall be penalized of the ball.
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