The committee also is proposing changes to the stick specifications that states any additional strings or laces (e.g., shooting strings) must be located within 4 inches from the top of the crosse. Also, no more than one sidewall string on each side of the crosse will be allowed.
To ensure that all sticks meet these specifications the following three field tests will be performed by the officials.
• The ball will be placed in crosse (perpendicular to the ground) at the throat, then the crosse is tipped forward 90 degrees;
• The ball is placed in the crosse (horizontal to the ground) at the deepest point of the pocket, then the crosse is tipped forward 90 degrees so the ball rolls out at the tip of the head;
• The ball is placed in the back of the crosse at the deepest point of the pocket and pushed in to reverse the pocket. The crosse is inverted 180 degrees. The ball must come out of the crosse without shaking, etc.
If the stick fails any of these tests, it is an illegal crosse and a one-minute non-releasable foul will be enforced. The crosse won’t be used during play and will be kept at the scorer’s table until the conclusion of the game.
The committee felt players are currently able to maintain possession of the ball to easily despite being pressured by the defense.