Category Archives: Rules Interpretation

Rules Interpretation

2017 Rules Interpretation Videos

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

Calling Penalties In Blowout Games

Every so often a coach asks me a question about officiating perspectives while I’m off the field and how they come into play during particular situations. Usually the coach and I don’t see eye to eye completely like this exchange:

Coach: “Why did you call that legal hit unnecessary roughness in our last game?”
Me: “I judged the hit to be unnecessary.”
Coach: “What was unnecessary about it?”
Me: “Your player didn’t need to hit him, so it was unnecessary.”
Coach: “But it was a legal hit!”
Me: “Agreed, everything about the hit was legal from a contact standpoint, but we didn’t have a legal hit all game and the legal hit you’re talking about in the 4th quarter was ridiculously huge. I called unnecessary roughness because players on each team didn’t permit me to give them the benefit of the doubt.”
Coach: “Refs keep taking good hitting out of the game.”
Me: “I don’t get to make the rules coach. All I get to do is enjoy them! [Smile]”

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Push with Possession: When is a push a not a push?

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The push with possession call: it is one of the most important and misunderstood calls in lacrosse. But it appears as if pushes with possession are a different story. Why do so many go seemingly uncalled? A relatively soft nudge in the back that pushes a player out of bounds gets a flag, while a hard shove from behind in the middle of the field gets a free pass.  Coaches and fans start yelling “You gotta call it both ways ref!” So when is a push a push. What gives?  Four factors come into play when determining whether a push really is a push:  the rule, the principle of advantage/disadvantage (TPOAD), location and level of play. Continue reading

Simultaneous Fouls in NFHS Boys Lacrosse

Without a doubt, the most confusing section of the lacrosse rule book is Rule 7-6: Simultaneous Fouls. Many veteran officials make these calls incorrectly without realizing it, because in few cases do the coaches—or anyone else watching the game—understand the correct enforcement. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be trying to make the right calls! Continue reading

Getting The Most Out Of Preseason Training Classes

I used to hate training classes. Alright, hate is maybe too strong of a word. I was more strongly disinterested in going to an officiating class my first two years of reffing lacrosse. I made a critical error in thinking I knew all I ever needed to know about lacrosse and officiating. Heck, I had played for 10 years and I had reffed youth for five – what more was there for me to learn?

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