Well that was somewhat rude chevy . . . you do not know me at all. I do not condone goon lacrosse. I do not go to a game to see fights. I was to watch fast breaks, nice goals, tough D, and the odd dust up. All of these are part of our great game.
I would love to answer your question.
As I have said in the past I have some experience with this. I am involved with the OHA. A couple of years ago the OHA went to a similar rule of 3 fights and you are suspended with the suspension increasing with each fight. At 6 fights you were done for the year (over a 50 game season + playoffs). The rule was a total failure. It caused way more problems then good. Teams targeted better players who had multiple fights on the year. The players did not want to fight because they did not want a suspension - so they solved their dispute with nasty slashes and crosschecks (which are not suspend able in the OHA) Needless to say - the rule was scrapped.
I would propose 2 different solutions
1. Keep a fight at 5 min + Game Misconduct. Dot not accumulate them over the season. However, there would still be problems with teams sending out 'fighters' to fight skill guys to remove them from the game. Yet, it would get the 'goon out of the game.
2. The BETTER solution in my opinion is to line the rule up with the rest of junior/major lacrosse and leave it as a 5 min major penalty. BUT - enforce the rules. If there is an instigator - then call it an instigator. If there is an aggressor - then call the aggressor. Have the referees be diligent and consistent with applying these rules
Keep track of the Instigators and Aggressors. Put in place a system that works like this
1st offence (either instigator or aggressor) 2 games
2nd - 4 games
3rd - 6 games
4th - 8 games
and so on
Therefore you would still keep the spirited heat of the moment fight in the game- which almost all lacrosse fans love. Yet, on the other hand - players who "jump" "sucker" or do something that is goonish would be sitting. Would the odd stupid thing still happen? Yes , it is junior lacrosse. Just like Junior hockey men aged 17-21 can do some stupid things in the heat of the moment - but a 4 or 6 game suspension in a 15 game season might be a good deterrent.
Anyways- enough about fighting. The focus should be on how the Junior C league is thriving and some good lacrosse is being played. My original post was simply me noticing and pointing out that there were a lot of fights in the opening week and it will be interesting to see if those kids finish the entire season.
Posted on May 9, 2011, 11:29 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168