Tag Archives: develop

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

push

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

Now is the Time: Pre-Season Preparation

day-oneFootball has wrapped up, basketball is winding down, the holidays are a blur and BOOM:  Lacrosse season is here.  It sneaks up on us every year. But being ready for the season is key to having a successful year as an official.  If you want be regarded as a top official, now is the time to prepare.  As of today there are only 60 days until the first game and you have a lot to do. Here are some tips to make this year a great one so you are ready on day 1. Continue reading

Developing A Thick Skin

A young businessman asks an older and very successful businessman for the secret to success. The older man responds, “Good judgment!”

The younger man says, well, that’s great, but how do you get good judgment? “Experience!” is the reply.

Well, yeah, but how do you get experience? The reply: “Bad judgment!”

Continue reading