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The Ball Will Distract You

I vividly remember one particular clear during the 2012 Vail Shootout while I was officiating at the LAREDO 3 clinic. I had reached the far cone as the single side official after starting my timer when the new trail official signaled reset once the goalie made a save. My feet were ready to take me down the other half of the field at a moment’s notice and I was focused on the clear coming towards midfield. All of a sudden the goalkeeper noticed his attackman on the far side was wide open and he launched the ball towards his teammate. I tracked the ball as it flew through the air and before it reached it’s apex I heard:

“You’re ball-watching!”

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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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Keeping Your Focus In Blowout Games

Keeping Your Focus In A Blowout Game

It is not difficult to pay attention in a tight 10-9 game between two rivalry teams with the stands packed and the stadium filled with electric excitement. In those games it is not hard to hustle to every position, signal with authority, and get a good feel for the temperament of the players and coaches. Those games demand that the officials pay attention, and the environment presses the officials to focus. Blowout games are an entirely different exercise.

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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

Rabbit Ears

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When I started officiated I knew nothing about it beyond my regular critiques of professional sports officials on TV. When I first stepped onto the field I thought it was my job to catch every infraction that occurred and to correct bad behavior from players, coaches and fans. Some very good officials at the GLOA saw some promise in me and quickly stepped in with some useful advice. Mainly they wanted me to worry less about what was said to me and worry more about the safety calls in front of me.

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