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Rules Tip Week #2 Goalkeeper in the crease: Restrictions‏

2013-04-04
While the crease affords the goalkeeper certain protection and privilege, it also imposes several restrictions which must be observed by players and adjudicated by officials. Re-entering the crease: This terminology is misleading, as there is no “re” entry necessary for a violation. Rule 4-20-3 states that a defending player (usually the goalkeeper) may not: � Enter the crease with possession of the ball. � Stay in the crease with possession for more than 4 seconds. However, he may: � Receive a pass while in the crease, any number of times � Drag a ball into the crease while in the crease, any number of times � Kick, pass, or drop a ball into the crease while out of the crease, and then gain possession after entering the crease. Is he in or out of the crease? By rule, a player is in the crease if any part of his body (usually a foot) is in contact with the ground on or inside the goal crease line. Special rulings include: � If the goalie (or other defensive player) in possession has only a foot in the crease and lifts that foot, he has exited the crease. If he puts that foot down on or inside the line, he is considered to have entered the crease with possession. Award ball to opponent. � If a goalie (or other defensive player) is outside the crease with possession and is legally checked into the crease, he has illegally entered the crease with possession. Award ball to opponent. 4 second count: The goalie (or other defensive player) has up to four seconds to exit the crease or pass the ball out. This count begins when the player gains possession inside the crease. If he is clamping or raking, he is not in possession. He must have the ball in his crosse, able to pass or cradle. If he loses possession inadvertently, he gets a new 4 second count each time he regains possession (but the 20 second clearing count continues). If this action appears to be a deliberate action to extend the 4 second count, then the official should award the ball to the opponent.




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