Chris White Suspended One Game

Toronto, ON - Toronto Rock defender Chris White has been suspended one game by the NLL.  The one game ban is for an alleged hit that violated rule rule 63.3 which earned White a match penalty upon league review and the subsequent one game suspension as per rule 41.2.  There was no penalty originally assessed on the play.

The Professional Lacrosse Players Association (PLPA) has appealed the suspension and White will be able to play until appeal is heard or is withdrawn.

The hit in question occurred with 0:22 left in the first quarter of Saturday night's game in Rochester against the Knighthawks when White and Rochester forward Casey Powell came together in front of the Rock goal.

Below are excerpts that apply to the penalty and suspension that was assessed.

Rule 63:  ILLEGAL CROSS-CHECKING

            A legal cross-check shall be a check on the arms below the shoulders and above the waist rendered with both hands on the stick, on an opponent with possession of the ball.   The extension of the arms while the check is being delivered is permissible.

            An illegal cross check shall be a check on an opponent above the shoulders, below the waist or on the back. The League may at their discretion, review any penalty assessed under this rule.

            A defender who cross-checks a player, who is in a stationary position and not in possession of the ball shall be assessed a penalty.

            A player who uses excessive unequal pressure and force to cross check a non-stationary opponent not in possession of the ball, shall be assessed a penalty.

63.1        MINOR PENALTY – The referee, at his discretion, may assess a minor penalty, based on the degree of violence of the check, to a player who illegally cross-checks an opponent.

63.2        MAJOR PENALTY – The referee, at his discretion, may assess a major penalty, based on the degree of violence of the check, to a player who illegally cross-checks an opponent.

63.3    MATCH PENALTY – The referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player or goalkeeper was reckless or endangering his opponent by illegal cross checking.  

RULE 41:  DEFINITION OF MATCH PENALTY

41.1    MATCH PENALTY - A “Match” penalty involves the suspension of the player for the balance of the game and the offended shall be ordered to the dressing room immediately.  The “in home” player is to replace the penalized player for the full five (5) minutes of playing time regardless of the number of goals scored.

            For all Match Penalties, regardless of when imposed, or prescribed additional penalties, a total of ten (10) minutes shall be charged in the records against the offending player.

41.2    MATCH PENALTY AUTOMATIC SUSPENSION - A player incurring a Match Penalty shall automatically receive a game suspension and shall be subject to further fines and/or suspensions from the League Office.

41.3     MATCH PENALTY ASSESSED IN TEAMS LAST GAME - If a player receives a match penalty in their team’s last game, they shall receive an additional one (1) game suspension at the start of the next regular season.
 
41.4     REPEAT OFFENDER – Any player who is assessed a second match penalty or a second Dangerous Contact to the Head penalty (rule 77) or combination thereof, within the same year, shall be assessed an additional game suspension.

Any player who is assessed a third match penalty or third Dangerous Contact to the Head penalty (rule 77) or combination thereof, within the same year, shall be assessed an additional two game suspension.

Note: The same year shall be determined as multiple infractions occurring within a 365 day period with the starting date being the day of the first infraction.

 

 
 

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B. Ebbitt
The referees appear to think we come to see them.

I use as a prime example the stick measurements that take place every game. I used to see it the odd time in the OLA over the years, and it was called for by the coach, who took a flyer near the end of a close game, and of course it was called for on the opposing team's high scorer. Illegal stick nullifies players goals, presumably the opposing team then wins.

I can only surmise that these annoying measurements are for commercial breaks, otherwise do it in the dressing room before the game if it's so important. Stay with the players from dressing room to start of game, and let the coaches run the show.
2013-02-01 16:39:30
B. Ebbitt
Who is running this league? No penalty in the game. The game is over. Move on.
2013-02-10 08:30:51

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