Major League Lacrosse has implemented rules and procedures unique to field lacrosse. Some of these exciting rules are:
- MLL uses a 60-second shot clock in order to keep the game fast and exciting for fans and players. The shot clock is reset after a goal is scored, a shot hits the post, is saved by the goalie or there is a change of possession. If the clock runs out, possession is granted to the other team. Teams have 20 seconds to clear the ball across the midfield line.
- Because of the shot clock, there is no restraining box to “keep it in” such as in college lacrosse.
- MLL also has a 2-point arc on the field that adds another unique aspect to the game. Players must have both feet behind the line before shooting the ball in order for a 2-point goal to be scored.
- There are two Television-timeouts per quarter in MLL games. They are at the first “dead-ball” stoppages that require a reset of the shot clock under 9 minutes and under 4 minutes remaining on the game clock. Examples of dead-ball stoppages are goals, penalties, change of possession following an out of bounds, etc. For example, if a goal is scored with 9:10 left in the quarter, play resumes after the face-off; if a goal is scored with 8:50 left, a TV timeout occurs.
- MLL teams are allowed to dress a maximum of 19 players per team for regular season games.
- MLL Players use Warrior and Brine Lacrosse sticks and equipment, New Balance footwear and Cascade Lacrosse helmets.
- All quarters and overtime periods must begin with a face-off, regardless of a man-up/man-down situation.
- A goal can be scored after the horn sounds to end a quarter as long as the shot was released prior to the horn - similar to a “buzzer-beater” in basketball.
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