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How Twitter Reacted to Men’s College Lacrosse Adding a Shot Clock

What did media, coaches, and players think of the shot clock announcement?

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Lacrosse Twitter has been lit up this evening, after the news broke earlier today (from Paul Rabil and then College Crosse’s own Chris Jastrzembski) that for the first time ever, men’s college lacrosse is adding a 60 second shot clock. Gone are the days of no shot clock with a “stall warning” and a referee administered 30 second shot clock. There’s now an official 60 second clock, with 20 seconds to get the ball across midfield, that resets after every shot on goal or penalty. In addition, the NCAA Rules Committee also approved a 10 yard substitution box - down from 20 - and also the partial re-implementation of the crease dive. Here’s how Twitter reacted to all of this news.

First, from the media:

Now from coaches:

And players:

Most fans seemed to be happy with the announcement, with 60% of fans in a College Crosse poll saying they loved the addition of a shot clock

Personally, I’m fine with the changes. I was totally agnostic on the shot clock as an issue, I thought the game was fine without it and was still a very exciting and enjoyable product over the last few seasons, and I think it’ll remain so with a shot clock. They found a balance between different ideas, which is good. The best part is by far the elimination of the subjectivity of the referee administered 30 second clock. As much as pace of play didn’t bother me at all the last few years, that was not a sustainable rule for the sport. I also think that’ll be much more important for adding new fans than increased speed or pace of play. There’s no evidence that there’s a correlation between fast paced games and better attendance, ratings, etc. But it is a lot easier for a fan to turn on a game and see a shot clock like basketball than to be told how exactly teams are allowed to have the ball and how offense and scoring works. Easier is always better when bringing in new fans.