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!
This mailing from John Hind, chair, and Don Zimmerman, secretary-rules editor, of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee came out February 1, 2013 and is intended to clarify several points relating to the playing rules changes that were approved for the 2013 season.
[GNH: Please note that any printed copy of the NCAA Rules Book has been radically revised since publication.]
That the game and the rules have their own lingo is not unique to the sport of lacrosse. In football, while fans, players, coaches and announcers use the terms fumble and muff interchangeably, the terms have radically different meanings and can have major impacts on how you rule on a play. Being a fan or an announcer is not the same as being an official. For folks new to the game and to those who have been playing lacrosse for some time, becoming an official requires that you learn how to talk about the game. One needs to learn what particular terms mean and how to describe situations, leaving out superfluous information and focusing on key relevant facts. One must essentially learn how speak lacrosse.
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.
Cole Sloan, District Training Coordinator for District 9: UT, CO, NM, WY offers his interpretation of some of the new NFHS rules – they are purely his opinion and not those of any governing body of lacrosse. Disclaimer: these interpretations are subject to change after the Rules Meetings at the USL National Convention in January. Some of the verbiage may change but the spirit of the rule changes will be integrated into the 2013 NFHS Rule Book. Read More.
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.
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 series for stripes returns. Watch the video, vote for the right call, and check back to LaxMagazine.com next week to see the right answer. Tell us what call you would make and post your comments. Then, check back next … Continue reading