NCAA Memorandum February 1, 2013
Item 3 Restarting Play
a) Out of bounds restarts. The player that is awarded the ball must establish both
possession of the ball and position in bounds with his feet. Once this has occurred, the
whistle should be blown for restart. The player stepping on to the field should not be
allowed a full free run from out of bounds; rather, the player must possess a ball and
step in to the field of play to establish in bounds position. The player does not have to
be at a complete stop, although he may be. The restart in most situations will be akin
to a rolling stop when driving; analogous to slowing at a stop sign, and then
accelerating through the intersection, a player should step in to the field and receive a
whistle to accelerate back in to play
Basically, the comparison to driving lives under the assumption that folks DO NOT actually stop at stop signs, rather roll through them and accelerate out. Correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure a stop sign means that a vehicle must come to a complete stop, yet the NCAA is driver-savvy enough to know that the majority of the population does not care about this and simply rolls through most stop signs, or, as I once heard them called: stoptionals.
Making a rules comparison based on the assumed general breaking of a traffic law – haha, awesome work, NCAA; a rule comparison for the common rule-breaker in all of us!
On another note: if you want to learn to how to string your stick, while using the rules the your maximum benefit, then check out my workshops around the country, which are open for registration now! Did you know that the NCAA has scrapped the rule for the ball in the back of the pocket? This shows that the NCAA does not have the intricate knowledge of stringing needed to make these rules; qualified stringers know that this was the hardest rule to combat with mesh, leaving a door open for traditional to make a comeback, but it seems that it’s closed a bit. Traditional does still have some advantages with the new 4″ rule, but many of the mesh pockets, especially for players who like a lower pocket, will gain back some of the hold they lost from the back-of-the-head stringing rule.
Item 2 Stick Checks
b) Back of stick check. Based on coach and official’s feedback from fall practices, the
committee believes that the check on the back of the stick is no longer necessary.
Other changes that have been implemented have addressed the issues with stringing
the stick and therefore the committee believes the check on the back of the stick is no
longer needed. Further, this check could eliminate sticks from play that otherwise are
legal. If the ball becomes lodged in the back of the stick during play and does not
come out quickly (with one shake of the stick), it is considered withholding and a
change of possession.