Vail LAREDO 3 Notes!

The following notes are geared towards officials in a three-man crew, but there are also many general officiating comments and mechanics observations that will serve any official well. The following list was put together by Don Balch and Sean Murphy:

There are endless details to officiating. Here are various points of emphasis based on observations we saw. The goal of level 3 LAREDO is to fine tune three-man mechanics and improve each camper as an official” (D. Balch and S. Murphy).

General Officiating Comments:

  • Make sure you are running (jogging) to position on the field; no walking
  • Maintain position outside of play – No “Lighthouse” officiating
  • Be sure the officials are ready before the field is set
  • Face-off:
    • Once you get the players down and set, get it going
    • Be sure you are completely still before you say “set”
    • On violation point direction and say, “red ball”
    • Don’t be so quick to call “possession”
      • “It is better to be slow and correct, than fast and wrong” SM
    • Anticipation: “Blow and go”
      • BS and SS official take initial steps toward goal to be covered on face-off
      • As your coming up field after goal, count numbers
  • Make sure you are moving to end line & sideline on the shot
  • Contested play behind the goal – Lead move behind GLE to officiate. (single has goal)
  • Quick restarts – communicate with your partners if you are the nearest official and will restart.
    • Especially if the team who will realize their advantage with a quick restart
  • In transition, count forward when checking for off-sides. (single side official)
  • “Lead hard, trail easy”
  • Single side and Trail must keep eyes on shooter / feeder – do not follow ball
  • When you are the “off” official, do not ball watch
  • “Fish in your own pond” – make calls in your area, not directly in front of partners
    • Let them live and die with calls in front of them
  • Communicate with coaches
    • Acknowledge them and let them know what you saw in a situation
      • A good time to talk is when you are the trail
      • Speak with coaches over your shoulder while you are watching the field
  • Employ the “play-on” technique
    • Allow to go on longer if team is going towards offense
    • Cut short on defense end or if no imminent advantage
  • Use “deflection” signal to help sell call
  • Situational awareness:
    • If a player is in the penalty box and another is going in, as trail ask how much time remaining in the first penalty
    • If player in the penalty box for a face-off, how much time remaining
    • Last two minutes – let everyone know so team ahead is not “caught” unexpectedly

Mechanics Reminders:

  • Throwing flag: Throw to where you are going or will be
  • Reporting penalty – step out to open area, stand still, report color, #, foul, time
    • If trail, report to crew first, then turn and report to table
  • Penalty relay as trail – stand still in open area near wing line then report
    • Be sure to let the traffic clear
  • Counts
    • Single has count with possession on faceoff and when ball crosses midfield line.
    • Ending 10 second count – raise hand and look to partner across field then signal in box
  • Ball out of bounds mechanic – blow whistle simultaneously as hand is raised, then point direction followed with two hands up if sideline out of bounds.
  • Directional points:
    • Back is to the sideline
    • Do not point across your body
  • Goal signal – Move toward goal and whistle when ball crosses plane of the goal. Take a few extra steps, turn up field, then firmly plant feet and raise both hands together.
  • Face-off violation mechanic – signal illegal procedure, say “red ball”, and point direction
  • Movement in transition as Single:
    • Banana out & up to cone
    • Straddle midline at cone, begin count as ball crosses line, count to two before leaving cone.
    • Count number of players over line by counting forward and looking up field
  • Movement in transition as Lead to Trail
    • Banana out & up to near cone at substitution box
    • Once contested subs run through the box step into box and jog to position at “5&5”
  • Movement in transition as Trail to Lead
    • Banana out & up to a position up field watching sub box (slow break) or “Lead Hard” getting up field quickly ahead of the ball (fast break)
    • Keep eyes on the play, do not turn and run with back to the play.

Your most important responsibility is to cover the goal you are going to!

I hope you all enjoy these notes. Don’t try to incorporate everything here into your next game. Pick one thing to work on each half, and be vigilant about doing just that one thing. Eventually, it will become completely  automatic and you won’t even think about doing it.

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