Play-on Primer

Jul 10, 2015

The play-on may be the most vexing concept for new lacrosse officials to understand because there are many questions to answer before putting your hand into the air and shouting "Play-on!"

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Summer Survival

Jul 06, 2015

Summer Survival

Summer lacrosse is hard work. The days are long and hot, and we often have to work several games in a row. Here are my top six summer survival strategies for lacrosse officials to stay safe and have fun during these tournaments.

1. Know Yourself

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Regular Self Evaluations

Jun 02, 2015

“A certificate does not make you certified. Attitude, performance, commitment to self and crew – these and a certificate make you certified.” - The Quotable Zebra.

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Chucking the Phone

May 07, 2015

This will serve as a warning to anyone stepping onto the field during the upcoming summer tournaments with a cellphone in their pocket. Don’t do it! Here’s why.

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Misapplication of the Rule

Apr 29, 2015

Pictures never tell the entire story, but they are useful when put into context. In the image below you see me in position as the Trail official in a two-person crew straddling the midfield line.

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Run Forrest! Run!

Apr 22, 2015

I was a tad excited. Okay, I was really excited to be on the field for a WCAC game between two very skilled teams. It stayed a one goal game nearly all the way through and I was running my tail off. So much so that my Referee and boss, Charlie Obermayer, took notice. By halftime he asked me when Forrest Gump had joined the crew.

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Always Be Counting: How to Get Your Head in the Game

Apr 21, 2015

Our resident lacrosse official details one way to keep your head in the game. Get in the habit of counting players and you’ll become a more engaged official.

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Why Ref Youth Lacrosse? Learning to Speak with Conviction

Apr 14, 2015

Becoming a junior lacrosse official is a great way to help teenage players find their voice. Our resident official explains.

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Safety Over Everything: Accountability in Lacrosse Officiating

Apr 09, 2015

Officials are at the game for safety first, then fairness. If the safety calls are made and neither team gets an unfair advantage, then the kids will have fun.

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How Are You Going to Call the Game Today?

Apr 02, 2015

The single most aggravating question I get asked on a regular basis by coaches at every level is: “how are you going to call the game today?” This is where the game-within-a-game begins between the officiating crew and the coach. Key point number one is that the Referee, or crew chief, does all the answering. One crew, one voice.

When I am the Referee I tend to give variations of the same answer - “We’re going to call whatever the players give us today coach.” I learned the hard way not to paint myself into a corner with statements like:

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