NLL not ready to change

RYAN WOLSTAT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

The National Lacrosse league might move to four-on-four play some day, but don't expect it to happen anytime soon.

The league refused comment on the issue, but multiple sources confirmed that a pilot program quietly began two weeks ago in Six Nations. There, a three-hour NLL prospects game was played with four players plus a goalie per side.

Currently, five non-goaltenders take the floor per team.

Rock director of lacrosse operations Mike Kloepfer said that while the league constantly is looking at ways to improve the game, many teams are against four-on-four play and it is nowhere close to being implemented.

Rock president Brad Watters agreed.

"The league is looking at it as a longer term option," Watters said, while adding that he is a fan of the five-on-five game.

Proponents of four-on-four say it would open up the floor, emphasizing speed and the transition game, but others worry that it would take away a lot of the aggression and physical play that has become a hallmark of the NLL.

ROCK NOTE

In a possible bid to expand its popularity throughout Canada, the Rock likely will play exhibition games this winter in Halifax and Winnipeg against the Calgary Roughnecks.


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