Monday, January 3, 2011

NLL faceoff rule change

After experimenting with some new rule changes during its pre-season games, the NLL has announced that it has tweaked the faceoff rule.
Thank goodness the orange ball was voted down. 
The National Lacrosse League has announced a rule change that affects play within the faceoff circle. During faceoffs, league rules will now require the two opposing players in the circle to begin in a set position with the heads of their sticks at a new distance of eight inches apart. The previous distance was two inches apart.
"We experimented with the concept during the preseason, and found that by putting more space between the sticks of the players in the faceoff circle, the draws were contested with the the ball coming out of the faceoff circle quicker," said league vice president of operations Brian Lemon. "The faster and cleaner draws triggered a faster transition and more fast break opportunities. Teams would attack the offensive zone faster, which improves overall game flow."
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