EFFECTIVE 7/1/16, HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS LACROSSE IS NOW GOVERNED BY OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (OHSAA).
All officials wishing to officiate high school games must be active members of the OHSAA
HIGH SCHOOL GAME PROCEDURE
2 Halves of the Following Length:
Varsity: 25 minutes Stop After Goals, Stop Clock in last 2 minutes of both halves unless 10 goal differential.
Junior Varsity and Freshmen: 25 minutes Running Time (Don't Stop After Goals), Stop Clock in last 2 minutes of both halves unless 10 goal differential.
REGULAR SEASON OVERTIME
Only high school Varsity games will play overtime. All other levels of competition can end in a tie and no overtime will be played. The only exception is during non-varsity tournament games, where a winner must be determined in order to advance in the correct bracket, these games may utilize overtime provided the participants and game officials are notified in advance of the start of the tournament. When the score is tied at the end of regular playing time for a regular season contest and overtime is to be played, both teams will have a 5-minute rest and toss a coin (visiting captain calls) for choice of ends. The alternate possession shall continue from regulation. Each team will have 1 timeout for overtime. The game will be restarted by a center draw. The winner will be decided by “sudden victory.” The team scoring the first goal wins the game. The single overtime period will be six minutes in length of stopclock time (clock stops on every whistle). The clock will be stopped after 3 minutes of play in order for teams to change ends with no delay for coaching. No substitutions may occur at this time. The game will be restarted by a center draw. If the teams are still tied after six minutes have elapsed, the game will end in a tie.
Any OHSAA tournament game interrupted due to events beyond the control of the responsible administrative authority shall be continued from the point of interruption.
Once play begins the officials shall have the authority to interrupt or suspend the game due to dangerous weather or field conditions. The official’s decision is final. A game is considered legal and complete if 80% of playing time has elapsed. An interrupted game continued on the same day shall be restarted from its point of interruption.
If a suspended game (one in which less than 80 % of playing time has elapsed) is replayed on another day, it must be played from the point of interruption. A suspended game may be terminated and considered complete by mutual agreement of the opposing coaches. The score at the point of termination will be the official score of the game.
Red Card - Ejection Procedures:
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Following the contest, the umpire shall contact the Athletic Director or Principal of the violator’s school to advise the administration of the ejection. Contact may be made after the game if an administrator is present or by phone the morning on the first school day after the contest.
ALL ejections, REQUIRE a report to be completed and filed with the OHSAA.
Ejection Reports are now completed and submitted ELECTRONICALLY. Simply click the ‘submit’ button and it will be transmitted to our staff. This automatically triggers the report to the school.
In the event of an ejection, a coach is ejected from ALL GAMES for the remainder of the day of the ejection PLUS two additional games. Ejected coaches must also pay a $100.00 fine and complete the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) “Teaching and Modeling Behavior” course within 30 days of the ejection. The responsibility for compliance rests with the school’s administration.
Ejected COACHES are required to LEAVE the premises immediately. If no assistant coach is present, the game is over and the score stands ‘as is’.
Ejected PLAYERS are to remain in the BENCH AREA under the supervision of the coach.
With the Rule change in Rule 3-3-f6, Assistant coaches should pay particular attention to the ejection procedures.
ALL EJECTIONS ARE FINAL AND NOT PERMITTED TO BE APPEALED per the OHSAA’s Board of Directors.
Special Note Regarding Ejections:
Coach ejections in Girls lacrosse continue to lead ALL sports for the total number of ejections. Though every ejection has its own story, do not call the OHSAA office asking for an appeal of the ejection. It will not and cannot be overturned. The circumstances surrounding the ejection can and should be expressed on the “School Response Form” that will be received by the school after the ejection occurs.
LIGHTNING & INCLEMENT WEATHER
Recognition: Coaches, athletic trainers, athletes, administrators and contest officials should be educated regarding the signs indicating thunderstorm development. Since the average distance between successive lightening flashes is approximately two to three miles ANYTIME that lightning can be seen or heard, the risk is already present. Weather can be monitored using the following methods:
Monitor Weather Patterns – Be aware of potential thunderstorms by monitoring local weather forecasts the day before and morning of the competition, and by scanning the sky for signs of potential thunderstorm activity.
National Weather Service – Weather can also be monitored using small, portable weather radios from the NWS. The NWS uses a system of severe storm watches and warnings watch indicates conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop in an area; a warning indicates severe weather has been reported in an area, and everyone should take proper precautions. Any thunderstorm poses a risk of injury or death even if it does not meet the criteria for severe weather. Therefore, anytime thunderstorms are in the forecast (even if it is only a 20 percent chance), event organizers should be at a heightened level of awareness to the potential danger of lightning.
Evacuation- If lightening is imminent or a thunderstorm is approaching, all personnel, athletes and spectators shall evacuate to available safe structures or shelters. A list of the closest safe structures should be announced and displayed on placards at all athletic venues.
Thirty-minute rule- Competition or practice shall be suspended once lightning has been recognized or thunder is heard. It is required to wait at least 30 minutes after the last flash of lightning is witnessed or thunder is heard prior to resuming practice or competition. Given the average rates of thunderstorm travel, the storm should move 10-12 miles away from the area. This significantly reduces the risk of local lightning flashes.
Any subsequent lightning or thunder after the beginning of the 30-minute count shall reset the clock, and another count shall begin.
RAIN DELAYS OR RAIN OUT GAMES
Maximum delay time: Stoppage of play for the first game should not push back the Varsity game (second game) start time beyond 30 minutes. The umpires (with agreement from both teams) can reduce the first game's playing halves by 5 minutes (each half).
Umpire fees for rain delays and rain out games are the following per Umpire:
$0 - Umpires are notified of the rained-out game 90 minutes prior to the scheduled game
$25 - Umpires are notified or called that the game is rained-out while en-route to the scheduled game.
$55 or $65 - Rained-out is declared after the umpire arrived at the scheduled game. Umpire receives pay for the first game depending on the level.
$55 or $65 - Start of first game and the first game is rained-out. Full pay (depending on the game level).
$35 - Second game not started, but not cancelled until after the scheduled start time.
$55 or $65 - Second game started. Full pay depending on the level of the second game.