Almost two years have passed since the NCAA men's lacrosse rules committee announced it would add a 30-second "timer on" countdown to combat stalling and slow play in men's lacrosse.
And in the ensuing seasons, it's become clear that the timer is not a magical cure and that further changes need examination. In a column this week for Inside Lacrosse, analyst and Baltimore Sun contributor Quint Kessenich compares the evolution of lacrosse to that of basketball:
The shot clock for professional basketball was invented by Syracuse Nationals owner Danny Biasone following the 1954 season in an attempt to speed up the game and prevent teams from stalling. The lack of pace in NBA games in the early 1950s was widespread. ...
Does lacrosse have a similar tempo problem? The fastest game on two feet has been stuck in the mud with a hefty rule book that now places a large burden on officials. ....
The NCAA rules committee meets on Aug. 12 with an eye on safety, sportsmanship and enhancing the product on the field. This group is at the crossroads and cross hairs of the sport. Faceoffs, play around the crease (the dive/push), stick technology gone wrong and a visible shot clock should be on their agenda.
"No doubt the shot clock will be discussed,” said Denver coach Bill Tierney. "I believe that everything is on the table when it comes to possession times and mandatory clearing times. There doesn’t seem to be a clear mandate on anything other than ‘something needs to be done.’”
Read the rest of Kessenich's column (including the perspectives of Paul Rabil, CBS Sports announcer Dave Ryan and Major League Lacrosse commissioner Dave Gross) on the Inside Lacrosse site.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun