Unfortunately there have been a number of issues with the US Lacrosse tests being housed on the Arbiter website. We have placed both online tests to the ALO website and will handle sending passing scores to US Lacrosse while they figure out their technical issues. Continue reading
Posted in New Officials, NFHS Rules, Re-Certification, Testing, Training, US Lacrosse, Youth Rules
Tagged class, knowledge, NFHS rules, re-certficiation, testing, Training, US Lacrosse, youth rules
One of my good officiating buddies and I chatted a few weeks ago about how there is very little training on how officials handle the mental stress of a game or the stress that comes after making an error. We study the rulebook and the mechanics manual. We ask questions from the more experienced officials we work with. We call one another to go over weird situations that we ran into, or try and create the most outlandish situations that could possibly happen to stump our friends. Still, as my friend and I chatted, neither of us thought that there was much information out there to help officials become more mentally strong especially after making a mistake.
In a game not too long ago my partner and I left the field and discussed what we could have done better. I mentioned I didn’t consistently focus on when a foul would release by looking at the score clock. He mentioned that he wanted to come in bigger on a wiped goal. That was it. We walked off that field and drove out of the parking lot knowing we put out maximal effort as individual officials and showed excellent communication and consistency as a crew.
It is not difficult to pay attention in a tight 10-9 game between two rivalry teams with the stands packed and the stadium filled with electric excitement. In those games it is not hard to hustle to every position, signal with authority, and get a good feel for the temperament of the players and coaches. Those games demand that the officials pay attention, and the environment presses the officials to focus. Blowout games are an entirely different exercise.
The push with possession call: it is one of the most important and misunderstood calls in lacrosse. But it appears as if pushes with possession are a different story. Why do so many go seemingly uncalled? A relatively soft nudge in the back that pushes a player out of bounds gets a flag, while a hard shove from behind in the middle of the field gets a free pass. Coaches and fans start yelling “You gotta call it both ways ref!” So when is a push a push. What gives? Four factors come into play when determining whether a push really is a push: the rule, the principle of advantage/disadvantage (TPOAD), location and level of play. Continue reading
Posted in General, Mechanics, NFHS Rules, Rules Interpretation, Training, Youth Rules
Tagged advantage, develop, disadvantage, fouls, game, improve, knowledge, mechanics, NFHS, no call, officiating, penalties, penalty, positioning, push, referee, rules, safety, TPOAD, Training, US Lacrosse
Without a doubt, the most confusing section of the lacrosse rule book is Rule 7-6: Simultaneous Fouls. Many veteran officials make these calls incorrectly without realizing it, because in few cases do the coaches—or anyone else watching the game—understand the correct enforcement. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be trying to make the right calls! Continue reading