FAQ

One team turns up with 10 players how many players should stay behind the restraining line?

Which umpire takes the draw?

What is the difference between a major and minor foul?


Question: One team turns up with 10 players how many players should stay behind the restraining line?

Answer: When a team turns up with less than 12 players they do not play short in their attacking or defending side of the restraining lines. A team only plays short in their attacking and defending side of the restraining lines when a player has been carded / suspended.

The restraining line rule refers to the number of people in the attacking or defending side of the restraining lines (shaded areas shown below) as opposed to behind the restraining lines, so while people tend to count the players behind the line, it is actually more accurate (and reflects the rules) to count the players in front of the line. Counting the players in the shaded area means that you do not need to worry so much about the number of players behind you.

The FIL rules covering restraining line are:
Rule 18A 1 & 2: “A team must not: Have more than seven attack players below/goal side of the restraining line in their offensive/attacking end of the field” or “Have more than eight defense players below/goal side of the restraining line in their defensive end of the field. One of these eight players is usually, but not necessarily the goalkeeper.”

If a player is carded / suspended then rule 11B says “During the suspension her team must play with one less player below/goal side of the restraining lines”.

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Blue team has 10 players – no suspended players – so they play “even” at the shaded attacking and defending ends.

 

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Blue team has 10 players – then one gets suspended – blue plays 1 man down at the shaded attacking and defending ends.

 

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Blue team has 10 players. Red has a full team then one player is suspended. Red plays 1 man down at the shaded attacking and defending ends.

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Question: Which umpire takes the draw?

Answer: At the beginning of each half the Charge umpire takes the draw.

After a goal the umpire who was trail umpire when the goal was scored takes the next draw. This allows the lead umpire to get the ball from the goal circle, write down the score and scorer and send the ball to the centre spot. The trail umpire moves swiftly to the centre spot, writes down the score and is ready to receive the ball for the next draw.

 

Question: What is the difference between a major and minor foul?

Answer: Minor fouls are irritating rather than dangerous and include things like

  • Illegal equipment ; stick, mouthguards, uniform, jewellery
  • Illegal procedures ; substitution, delay of game, asking for a second stick check on an already legal stick
  • Niggly fouls ; covering the ball, empty stick check, deliberate off the body balls, throwing the lacrosse stick, false starts WHERE AN ADVANTAGE IS GAINED.

Major Fouls are the safety and conduct fouls and include things like

  • Player safety fouls ; check to head, stick on body, dangerous shot, dangerous follow through, dangerous propelling, tripping (accidental or not)
  • Rudeness ; misconduct, intimidating behaviour (either verbal or using the stick)
  • Repeated fouls ; a repeated minor can become a major.

Your job is to keep players safe, so if you see something that looks dangerous or would lead to dangerous play, blow your whistle and stop play. Worry about “what next” later, the most important thing initially is to get play stopped and stop any potentially unsafe play from developing. In terms of setting them up, the offending player is put 4m behind for major fouls, and 4m away in the direction from which she came, but see here re how to administer fouls within 15m of goal

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