Officials: Pre-Game Checklist for Success

Feb 10, 2017

The last thing I do before stepping onto the field is open my “everything I need to ref a game” box. I started putting all of my officiating gear into a nice box a few years ago for two reasons. One, I wanted room for a laminated checklist on top and a list of key quotes on the inside, and a bag didn’t cut it. Two, the nice box subtly reinforced to me that I was a professional official and I should act like one every time I put on stripes.

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Top 10 Questions on NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules

Jun 09, 2016

Each season the US Lacrosse Officials Education Program receives emails from coaches, players, parents, and officials on game situations wondering what the correct ruling is. Here are the top 10 questions from the 2016 season.</p>

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How Did You Miss That?

Apr 11, 2016

We say officials have the best seat in the house. While it's true that we are the closest to the action we can’t watch the game the same way everyone else does. So, how do officials watch the game?

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Four Steps to Becoming a Lacrosse Official

Feb 09, 2016

Lacrosse is growing at a pace that far outstrips the ability of organizations to cover game assignments. Have you considered becoming an official? Here are four steps to begin the process.

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Clear and Deliberate Communication

Feb 01, 2016

Officials experience a communication breakdown when what is said or signaled does not translate to the rest of the crew, the coaches, or the players. This is generally due to three factors.

Rushing to say or signal a call

Predominately an issue for less experienced officials who are already going faster than the situation requires. A routine out of bounds call should not cause confusion to anyone, and officials that rapidly signal and state the call turn:

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How It Works: Illegal Body-Checking Rule in Youth Lacrosse

Dec 21, 2015

Our resident official dives into the illegal body-checking rule as it applies to youth lacrosse, and discusses the differences in application between youth and high school play.

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How it Works: Illegal Body Checking Rule in Boys Lacrosse

Oct 13, 2015

What makes a check legal or illegal? Our resident official gives a point-by-point breakdown of the illegal body checking foul in boys lacrosse.

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CNOTE Primer

Aug 25, 2015

There is only one mechanic for reporting penalties to the table and that is CNOTE, which stands for:

Color - “Blue”
Number - “27”
Offense - “Illegal Body Check”
Time - “1 minute”

*Most penalties do not require an explanation. The “E” in CNOTE is for penalties that may need more exposition such as simultaneous fouls or live ball/dead ball fouls where an explanation of where the restart will be is helpful.

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Why is Everyone Yelling at Me?

Aug 07, 2015

People yell at you because you are wearing stripes. Most don't know who you are. They just know you called off a legitimate goal for a non-existent crease violation and they'd rather be mad at you for calling the violation than at the player for stepping in the crease.

There is a quote in Mike Liner's book It's Not All Black and White that perfectly explains where fans are coming from:

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Working with New Officials

Jul 13, 2015

Several years ago I worked a pre-season scrimmage as the Referee with six new lacrosse officials. I was apprehensive about this scrimmage because I was the only experienced lacrosse official on the field. The challenge was to make sure I worked with and watched all six officials while keeping the scrimmage safe. The only way to do this efficiently is with a thorough, yet simple pre-game.

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