Some of the most difficult NFHS rules and mechanics for newer officials to master are the three counts involved in advancing the ball: the four second goalie count (Rule 4-19 and 20 Art. 5, the 20-second clearing count (Rules 4-14) and the 10 second count (Rule 4-15). While the basic requirements and mechanics for each are fairly straightforward, the challenge emerges when an official is tasked in game situations with BOTH recognizing and communicating when each count begins and ends. You gotta have the count!
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As Gordon Corsetti likes to say, the Unnecessary Roughness penalty is for the hit that makes the crowd go “ooooooooohhhhh.” It is imperative that these hits be penalized, particularly at the Youth Level. A body check that has met ALL of the requirements of a legal check (two hands on the crosse, above the waist, below the neck, from the front to side and with the body not the crosse between the hands) may still be ruled illegal if the official deems that it was unnecessary . Continue reading
It is essential that officials working youth games know the US Lacrosse Youth Rules, but they must also be aware of the specific adjustments each league or tournament is playing under. Below you will find a number of league rules from in and around the Atlanta area. Continue reading
You’ve completed all the requirements: been through the Level 1 training class, taken the online course, done your field work , taken the rules test, watched the rules video, registered with US Lacrosse as an official and received your patch. So now what? The class you took taught you a lot about the rules of the mechanics of officiating, but there are probably still many questions you might have about being a referee. Here are some helpful tips and advice for you as a begin your career. Continue reading
Watching these videos of the 2012 The Lovett School Lacrosse Team in Atlanta, GA are a great way to improve your mechanics and familiarize yourself with the game. The quality is great. Note that some dead ball situations are edited out. Remember, the best way to learn these mechanics is to attend a game.
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One of the most common mistakes newer officials make is ball watching. It is imperative that each official know their responsibilities (Lead or Trail) and focus on their area (On or Off) at all times. One situation in particular is especially important to cover: watching the shooter after he has taken a shot. A similar situation involves hits on a player, especially the goal keeper, after they have thrown a pass. These incidents can have a huge impact on your game: everyone sees them but you can’t make the call because you did not see the whole play (or you only heard the hit)! And if you are not focusing on your responsibilities you will only catch the retaliation.
Check out the video below for a great example of why this mechanic is so important! What would you call in this situation?
The sport of lacrosse achieved a long-overdue milestone on September 10 when The US Lacrosse Board of Directors approved national youth rules and age breaks for both boys and girls youth lacrosse. The vote concluded a nine-month process that included input from dozens of youth league administrators from around the country, as well as a national survey of thousands of youth coaches, officials and parents. Read more.
Greg Winkler argues that quality refereeing at the high school level begins at the youth level and that the behavior of parents and coaches has led to a dearth of qualified officials who can move up. Read More.
I encourage all Georgia high school officials to attend GAOA’s Officiate Georgia Day on Saturday July 21 2012, at the Gwinnett Conference Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097. This is a wonderful event and an incredible opportunity for you to hone your craft. Continue reading