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League announces rule changes for 2014

12/15/2013, 11:45am EST
By NLL.com

Changes to major & match penalties highlight minor rule tweaks this season

The National Lacrosse League has announced several minor rule changes with the 2014 NLL regular season set to start.

With the 2014 NLL regular season set to start on Saturday, Dec. 28, the National Lacrosse League has announced several minor rule changes voted on by the league's Competition Committee, effective for the 2014 season and beyond.

1. Major penalty goal release has been reduced from three goals to two goals, match penalty goal release reduced from unlimited to three goals.
2. Goaltenders no longer serve their own major or misconduct penalties as the in-home player now serves these penalties while the goalie stays on floor.

MAJOR PENALTY - For a “Major Penalty” in any game, the offender shall be ruled off the floor for five (5) minutes.  If two extra man goals are scored on the penalized team, the penalized team may place a player on the floor to get back to even strength. The offender shall serve the full five (5) minutes and will return to the floor on the next non technical stoppage of play following the expiration of his penalty.  If the in-home is serving and two extra man goals are scored, the in-home is released from the penalty box.

MATCH PENALTY - A “Match Penalty" involves the suspension of the player for the balance of the game and the offended shall be ordered to the dressing room immediately. The “in-home” player is to replace the penalized player. If three extra man goals are scored, the player is released from the penalty box.

For all Match Penalties, regardless of when imposed, or prescribed additional penalties, a total of ten (10) minutes shall be charged in the records against the offending player.

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