Category Archives: Mechanics

Mechanics Update

2017 Rules Interpretation Videos

Here are the 2017 NFHS and all four Youth rules interpretation videos.

Risk Minimization Addressed in 2017 Rules Changes

nfhsIn an effort to minimize the risk of injury, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Boys Lacrosse Rules Committee recommended six rules changes, including only allowing the goalkeeper to be located in the crease. All 2017 boys lacrosse rules changes recommended by the committee at its July 18-20 meeting in Indianapolis were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. Continue reading

2017 Tests and Rules Video Now Available

nfhsAll US Lacrosse officials should take BOTH the NFHS and Youth tests.  Officials re-certifying should pass with at least an 80+. More information on the re-certification process can be found here. The NFHS Rules Interpretation Video is also available and may be found below. Continue reading

Setting Expectations before the First Whistle

We have all heard it before; communication is an essential skill that a referee must develop in order to be successful: be a people person! Listen! Match energy levels! Take charge! But what exactly does all that mean? How does one learn how to do it?  As a referee you must realize that your goal is not to control a game but to manage it and that means, managing people.  That is managing player, coaches, table personnel, fans, parents, and even fellow officials.  Often, I hear officials say that they clearly and concisely communicated what they wanted, but the coach or player just would not listen.  And so began a chain of events that lead to rising tension, an outburst, a penalty, a fight and an ejection.
letmeexplainOfficials often equate communication skills as coming into play once a conflict or crisis has started.  They regale us with stories of how they swooped in and took charge or expound on how they defused the situation with their charm and calm demeanor. Continue reading

Lacrosse Officials Training for 2014 is closed.

Congratulation to all the 124 youth officials who completed their 2014 certifications! Unfortunately, there are no more classes or field trainings scheduled as the fall season has ended.  Please note that ALL officials need to re-certify each and every year.  The re-certification class is free and will take place in January. If you still need to complete a requirement, read on….
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