face-offs for the last 10 years. I thought the rules prior to the current set worked pretty well. Now, the current rules allow the complete domination of one guy over another unlike almost any other one-v-one sport.
But, I wrote this down below that the way to minimize face-offs is to put shot clock in. Make 60 seconds after hitting the box. That gives plenty of time to sub guys out and run some offensive sets.
The specialization by face-off men have made face-offs win percentages absurd. Just 10 years ago, Hopkins was winning with guys that stayed on the field. There should be no way a guy/team wins 21 of 22 face-offs. They need to get the wings back in play instead of the domination that like that.
But a shot clock helps. Take for example when the score was 2-1 - Denver at the start of the 2nd quarter. Denver held the ball, took some shots but not one would I call in a highly threatening area but it was enough to keep the stall call off. There is no reason a team should be rewarded with possession of the ball for 4 minutes without putting it on cage.
If you know it's a disproportionately important part of the game, do you spend a disproportionate amount of time developing skills and techniques in practice?
Do you spend a disproportionate amount of time and resources recruiting guys who are experts at it?
Do you spend a disproportionate amount of time emphasizing it?
Don't blame the rules.
to evaluate in whether a kids talent scales up from high school to college. Heck, the Baptiste was going to go to F&M until the very last second when Denver called.
Denver was lucky with Baptiste.
Says he's legit.
Our FO guys should have been able to win 25-35%. Another top guy could get 40% (or better) vs. him.
the only time I watch Lacrosse is when ND is in the NCAA tournament. So, those that follow the sport, please tell me what would be wrong with the following two rule changes:
1) after a goal, possession given to the team that gave up the goal, perhaps behind their own net. This would eliminate or diminish the import of face-offs. While hockey has tons of face-offs too, in hockey possession turns over so quickly that center ice face-offs aren't that big of a thing (obviously they are more important in a zone).
2) if you shoot and it goes out the back line, give possession to the defense. I don't understand (unless in the distant past teams were afraid to shoot) why you would want to reward a team for flinging a shot that goes all the way out the back.
Do we tell Brian Kelly that he shouldn't practice special teams? A great faceoff man is like a great kicker or kick returner -- a weapon who should be cherished and whom opposing coaches must plan to stop.
There's no strategy. It's 1-on-1 and one guy is way better than the other. Not cool.
In softball they moved the pitching rubber back because one player could be too dominant (and no innings max in softball).
And the Indians used to play lacrosse across country.
I think at this point in time, with the sport more mainstream and entrenched than basketball was back in the 30s, no one wants to completely change the sport.
Now a shot clock, I could understand that. And no 30 second penalty - make them minimum 1 minute.
Usually when the ball goes out of bounds, the last team to touch the ball loses possession, similar to basketball. An exception is when it is ruled a shot. In that case, the team that backs up the shot, i.e., has a player closest to the ball where it goes out, retains possession. On offense, backing up the shot becomes the responsibility of the player who is behind goal line extended. That gives the offensive team an edge in retaining possession on a shot out of bounds, but it's not automatic.
I'd agree with your iddeas (again as a casual observer) - or have something like a possession arrow like basketball. I would think a shot clock (perhaps 2 minutes) might be in order also.
He did win about 76% of his faceoffs. However, North Carolina and Ohio State each won approx. 40% of the faceoffs against Denver and they both defeated Denver. Faceoffs probably play too big a role in the game but unless the rules change, it is what it is.