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?
This video was created by US Lacrosse with assistance from the NFHS. It illustrates the interpretations of the 2013 rules revisions and points of emphasis through the use of video clips and other visual aids.
You must view this video for US Lacrosse Officials certification.
Listen to IL columnist and Bates head coach Peter Lasagna joins IL’s Terry Foy to discuss how rule changes, specifically the 2010 stick specification rule changes and last summer’s pace of play rule changes in this podcast.
The following are the rules changes and points of emphasis recently adopted by the NCAA for the 2013 season. These changes are being implemented this fall. As rules are clarified further and changes to the mechanics are made, ALO will keep you posted! Continue reading
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
Steve Stenersen, President and CEO of US Lacrosse, addresses the issue of high speed collision in boys’ and men’s lacrosse with respect to rule evolution and enforcement in his most recent blog entry on the US Lacrosse website. Click here … Continue reading
The last point of emphasis in the 2012 NFHS rule book addresses stick checks. The NFHS recommends four random stick checks throughout the game. In order to better understand what a stick check entails, GLOA Official Gordon Coresetti has prepared two videos to watch and to share with your other coaches, players, and parents. Please refer to pages 53-54 of the 2012 NFHS Rule Book; Rule 5 Section 5 Illegal Crosse – and especially Situation I. Continue reading