For those of you who have been playing men's lacrosse for awhile now or have just started playing, you may be well aware of the shot clock. For those of you girls out there who also play lacrosse, this may not be as familiar to you. In 2012, the NCAA men's lacrosse panel approved a shot clock procedure to adjust any stall procedures that could happen in play. If the referees deem it suspicious of any team trying to not approach the cage or have the urge to score, in order to run down the clock, then they will call a 30-second shot clock on the team. When the shot clock is in effect, a shot must be taken within 30 seconds or the ball will be awarded to the defensive team. This shot has to be a valid one, one that is an attempt to score (saved by the goalkeeper, hits the goal cage, goal scored). In women's lacrosse, a visible 90-second possession clock is coming. This can be a good and bad thing in women's lacrosse and it is quite a controversy. Many like is so no team can just pass the ball around the eight and just let the time fly by if they are up a goal or its a close game. In those games, it's all about possession. The other team may feel like they have no chance of winning now because of it. It ruins the fun and we all know, because we've been there once or twice before. That's what the shot clock is for. On the other hand, stalling is part of the game and has made the game for what it has been for the past several years. Players have just gotten use to it and has made defenses stronger. The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a possession clock in 2013 in Division I to test it out and then in 2018, for Division II and III. It is happening so late because it's going time for schools to budget any financial implications because of it, like two clocks, one on each of the field or one clock at the scorer's table. The rules is under the same restrictions of men's lacrosse, but the clock will keep running if the shot goes wide or high. It is hoped for stalling to be limited to increase the pace of play. Now we get to wait and see in the next year.