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Premier Lacrosse League Announces Rule Updates for 2024 Season

By PLL | Mar 1, 2024

LOS ANGELES – March 1, 2024 – The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) powered by Ticketmaster today announced rule updates for its 2024 season following the PLL Competition Committee’s review of proposed changes from the league’s head coaches and general managers at the conclusion of the 2023 season. 

“As we continue to grow professional lacrosse, we remain committed to collecting gameday data, as well as player, coach and fan feedback, such that we can continue to evaluate ways to enhance the gameplay and evolve our rules, with a focus on player safety and high-performance,” said Paul Rabil, Co-Founder and President of the Premier Lacrosse League. 

“We saw both increased offensive output and possessions, as well as new riding, clearing and transitional tactics from coaches, along with our fair share of challenges, all as a result of the introduction of the :32 second shot clock following a faceoff. 2024’s adjustment to prohibit long-poles from facing-off will better underscore the faceoff athlete, keep the integrity of the draw to a short-stick, and create a safer environment for faceoff athlete exits. No different than a goalie stick required to be in the crease, or having a maximum of four long-poles on the field at once, the analysis and feedback we received to equalize the faceoff instrument will yield better play. Long-poles will still be able to take wing positions on faceoffs.

“We’re also very proud to be at the forefront of player safety by newly defining a defenseless player on the lacrosse field. The further development of the defenseless player concept, as well as new replay procedures, will protect players and allow us to properly adjudicate in-game penalties and reviews.”

The following changes have been adopted for the 2024 season:

Expanded Defenseless Player Definition

Players in a defenseless position are:

  1. Any player immediately following the reception of a pass who has not had time to establish possession. If the player has taken two steps, established possession with a cradle, or is capable of avoiding or warding off the impending contact of an opponent, he is no longer a defenseless player. 
  2. Any player who has just released a shot – a defender may make direct contact with the shooter only up through the defender’s first step after the shot is released.

The following contact against a defenseless player remains prohibited:

    1. Forcibly hitting a defenseless player’s head or neck area with the helmet, forearm, shoulder, or crosse, even if the initial contact is lower than the player’s neck, and regardless of whether the defensive player also uses their arms.
    2. Excessive force into a defenseless opponent, defined as
      1. Leaving both feet prior to contact to spring forward and upward into his opponent and
      2. Using any part of his helmet or crosse to initiate forcible contact against any part of his opponent’s body, and/or
      3. Taking more than three strides to accelerate through a body check for the purpose of punishing the opponent.

The onus is on the player applying the hit to ensure his opponent is not in a defenseless position, and if so, he must avoid or minimize contact.

  • In determining whether such contact could have been avoided, the circumstances of the hit, including whether the defenseless player put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the check, or whether the check was unavoidable can be considered.

Updated Replay Procedures

  • Coaches are allowed two challenges per game to use in any half
  • Coaches will be granted a third challenge if their two previous challenges are successful 
  • Added reviewable procedures:
    • Shot clock resets
    • Boundary possessions (run outs, out of bounds plays)
  • Officials can initiate reviews in the last two minutes of regulation, in addition to overtime
  • No coaches challenges in overtime

Updated Faceoff Procedures

  • A player may not use a long pole to faceoff.

The PLL’s full rule book is available here.

The 2024 PLL season will kick off May 31-June 2 in Albany, NY. To view the full schedule and ticketing information, visit www.premierlacrosseleague.com/schedule.

About the Premier Lacrosse League
The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) powered by Ticketmaster is a men’s professional lacrosse league in North America, composed of eight teams rostered by the best players in the world. Co-founded by lacrosse superstar, philanthropist, and investor Paul Rabil and his brother, serial entrepreneur and investor, Mike Rabil, the PLL is backed by an investment group composed of Joe Tsai Sports, The Chernin Group, Arctos Sports Partners, Brett Jefferson Holdings, The Raine Group, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), The Kraft Group, Bolt Capital and other top investors in sports and media. The PLL is distributed through an exclusive media rights agreement with ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN+. The PLL was named 2020 Sports Breakthrough by the Sports Business Journal, and recognized as a 2021 Best Employer in Sports by  Front Office Sports. For more on the league, visit www.premierlacrosseleague.com and follow on social media: Instagram (@PLL), Twitter (@PremierLacrosse), Facebook (@PremierLacrosseLeague), YouTube (YouTube.com/PLL) and TikTok (@pll).