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Lacrosse Officials Training for 2014 is closed.

Congratulation to all the 124 youth officials who completed their 2014 certifications! Unfortunately, there are no more classes or field trainings scheduled as the fall season has ended.  Please note that ALL officials need to re-certify each and every year.  The re-certification class is free and will take place in January. If you still need to complete a requirement, read on….
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Family of Fouls: Using Scaffolding to Teach Penalties to New Officials

lostThere is an old joke among refs about the three stages a young official goes through during the course of his career.   In the first stage, the rookie is nervous, not sure of where they are supposed to be on the field, unaccustomed to the speed of the game and terrified of making a mistake.  So, they call nothing.  A player could be decapitated in front of them and they would be loath to throw a flag.  After a year of working games and time spent diligently reading the rule book, the young official thinks he or she has “figured it out,” Comfortable recognizing fouls, they call everything! Hey that’s illegal: flag!  Oooh, another penalty: flag! Can’t do that: flag! Finally, after a few seasons and numerous discussions with trainers and mentors, the official “gets it” and begins to understand how level of play, type of game, time and place factor in the decision making process on whether or not to call a foul and what to call. They develop what we call game management.

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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

The Value of a Pre-Game Conference

For most lacrosse officials, you arrive at the field twenty minutes before the game.  It is imperative that you and your crew get on the same page quickly. A  well officiated lacrosse game is managed by a team of officials, not two or three individuals doing their own thing.  The two things that hold a crew together are solid mechanics and communication.  I am a sheet guy.  I hand out a printed pre-game to my crew that covers everything I want to review.
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