There's only a month to go until the start of the most anticipated college lacrosse season, well, ever.
Why the excitement?
There's the return of Cornell attackman Rob Pannell, the 2011 USILA National Player of the Year, who missed most of last season with a broken foot, but really what will make 2013 different is that the game itself will be different -- much different. Sweeping rules changes, including the adoption of a shot clock for the first time, have been crafted to make the "fastest game on two feet" even faster.
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The NCAA has put together a video detailing these changes, which you can view here. Coaches watched the video at the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association Convention last month in Baltimore, where the new rules were discussed at length by committee chairman Jon Hind.
The nearly 30-minute video starts by explaining the new stick specifications, showing how a referee should properly conduct a stick check. In addition, the video also provides on-field officiating tutorials, such as properly enforcing faceoffs, more rapid restarts and the many details of the stall warning and 30-second shot clock.