PLAYERS & PARENTS > OFFICIAL TIME
February 27, 2014
Hey, Ump: Non-contact clarification returns game to roots
For all of the fabulous growth of women’s lacrosse, I regularly meet people who don’t know the sport.
February 20, 2014
Goalies don't have free reign to rake ball into crease
The ball is loose in front of the goal, just outside the crease, and — as always happens in these situations — tensions are running high.
January 31, 2014
Hey, Ref: Fine line between advantage and ticky-tack calls
The quarterback for White’s offense is at X, setting up his play. It’s early in the game and as he drives the net and reaches the goal-line extended, he rolls hard into his defender.
January 31, 2014
Hey, Ump: Clarification on contact makes rule crystal clear
For the 2014 season, the high school rules committee has come up with a simple and brilliant strategy to tackle one of the worst degenerations in the women’s game.
December 24, 2013
Hey, Ump: Drop requirement making scorers drop sticks
Players who I saw score goals this fall immediately acted like their stick was a hot potato. How does this help grow a lifelong love for the game?
December 16, 2013
Hey, Ref: More man-down faceoffs create unique situations
I find myself conducting more and more “man-down faceoffs.”
October 24, 2013
Hey, Ump: Some valuable advice for newcomers
One common complaint from new umpires is how hard it is to learn all the lacrosse rules. Here are a few pieces of guidance.
October 2, 2013
Hey, Ref: High school federation unveils major changes
It’s that time of year again when the National Federation of State High School Associations publishes its rule changes for the coming spring.
September 2, 2013
Hey, Ref: Odd scenario arises when scoring too quickly
The refs have just sent a White team midfielder to the penalty box, out for a minute for an illegal body check.
September 2, 2013
Hey, Ump: Benefit of the doubt invariably goes to attack
The culture of women’s lacrosse, in my opinion, has become one that favors the attack.
May 22, 2013
Hey, Ref: Holding penalties require in-depth understanding
A holding penalty isn’t just reaching out and grabbing an opponent.
May 22, 2013
Hey, Ump: In game action, calls aren’t always black-and-white
As players develop their skills, they are less likely to be affected by many apparent fouls by opponents.
April 16, 2013
Hey, Ref: Simple substitution rule clears up bizarre situation
Bizarre scenarios always seem to come up in close games where — until the sudden moment of chaos — everything seems to be going seamlessly.
April 16, 2013
Hey, Ump: Some rules violations not worthy of a whistle
The rulebook is written in black and white, but application of the rules is a bit of a gray area.
April 1, 2013
Hey, Ref: End-of-quarter rule depends on man advantage
There are 18 seconds left in the third quarter of an indoor youth game between two “rival” towns. The two head coaches like to compete and both are “into” the game.
April 1, 2013
Hey, Ump: New emphasis may decrease goals, increase safety
If umpires properly follow the NCAA “points of emphasis” for 2013, you should see more goals being disallowed this year.
February 28, 2013
Hey Ump: Simple skills to improve your game, have fun
Lacrosse should be a simple game, and players who keep it simple tend to have the most fun and the most success.
February 28, 2013
Hey, Ref: Close scrutiny of rulebook makes all the difference
Most penalty calls are routine and uneventful, unless of course the stakes and the emotions are high, like when two teams are battling for a chance to play in the state semifinals.
February 11, 2013
Hey, Ref: Simultaneous confusion
It started with a simple loose-ball push, one of the easiest calls a ref can make. That’s not where it ended.
December 29, 2012
Hey, Ump: How to be a smarter player by mastering the rules
Knowing the rules and understanding legal skills can help a player make better, smarter choices.
December 24, 2012
Hey, Ref: Fall ball gives us chance to test-drive college rules
College fall ball is the time when coaches and referees get to review, consider and play under new and prospective rules.
September 19, 2012
Hey, Ref: High schools further promote head safety
The summer was abuzz with controversy surrounding the NCAA’s proposed rules changes, alterations that could, if approved, have a dramatic effect on everything from the start of the game (faceoffs) ...
August 9, 2012
Hey ref: Crazy scenarios make for exciting games
The 2012 high school season provided plenty of material for me to get through the “off-season,” but one particular game really sticks out. It had several bizarre situations that my partner ...
July 20, 2012
Hey, Ref: Goalie always gets five seconds to return to crease
Chris, a loyal New England Lacrosse Journal reader all the way from Chicago, says he became “very upset” recently with an official while he was watching an NCAA Division 1 lacrosse game. Frustrated ...
June 23, 2012
Hey, Ref: Goal ruling is harder than it seems
Goals scored from around the crease area are exciting and frequently controversial. Things happen fast, and officials must make split-second decisions, often deciding if a goal counts. Say White has the ...
May 17, 2012
Hey, Ref: When calling the game right doesn't seem fair
Sometimes, enforcing the rules doesn’t feel like the wronged team is getting justice, but those feelings can never enter into our decisions. Here’s an example: In a tight game, the Blue team ...
April 13, 2012
Hey, Ref: 'Intentional' makes all the difference
It didn’t take many preseason scrimmages to see that most teams are still trying to adapt to new rules. It happens every year, as the game changes and evolves, but what stood out after my first ...
March 17, 2012
Hey, Ref: Trail official gets offsides numbers
White trails Blue by two, and hurries the ball upfield, ultimately dishing it to an attackman who goes behind the cage looking to trigger a play. The crowd and both benches are in a frenzy; a goal here ...
February 14, 2012
Hey ref: Rules change 10-second call
The new National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) rule book is out, and the good news is that there’s just one major rule change. The 10-second “return the ball to the box” ...
September 23, 2011
Hey, Ref: Eliminating 10-second return count aids offense
There will be a lot less “touching” going on in high school lacrosse next year, but that’s not about hitting or holding, it’s because “the counts” are changing again. The ...
August 16, 2011
Hey, Ref: Rare scenarios are covered in the rulebooks
You ref enough lacrosse games, you think you have seen it all. And yet this summer, in one weekend tournament, I was involved in two plays that I had never seen actually happen before. Fortunately, both ...
July 16, 2011
Hey, Ref: Out of bounds and offsides, you have to toe the line
Line calls make players, fans and coaches crazy because they seem so obvious. Because the lines are clearly visible, it looks to the world like the ref has blown the call. And yet while the lines themselves ...
June 19, 2011
Hey, Ref: Man-down faceoffs create subtle rules difference
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the June 2011 issue of New England Lacrosse Journal. With the new “hit to the head” rule — where illegal body check and cross-check ...
May 21, 2011
Hey, Ref: Equipment checks ensure players stick to the rules
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the May 2011 issue of New England Lacrosse Journal. Curious parents want to know: What exactly is the ref doing with my son’s stick? It’s ...
March 25, 2011
Get ready to 'set' before you go on NCAA faceoffs
Set is back! The NCAA has added the word “set” back to the faceoff procedure in 2011. Although NFHS rules always had “set” in faceoff procedures, many leagues and associations ...
March 25, 2011
Rules maintain integrity of women's game
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the March 2011 issue of New England Lacrosse Journal. The first three pages of the 2011 women’s rule book won’t teach you much about ...
February 16, 2011
Hey Ref: Faceoffs can draw dilemmas
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the February 2011 issue of New England Lacrosse Journal. Two faceoff guys have at it. White No. 14 draws the ball straight back and sprints after ...
January 13, 2011
Rules that need interpretation
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the January 2011 issue of New England Lacrosse Journal. What’s the most popular question asked by players and coaches when a goal is ...
November 12, 2010
Cracking down on initiating hits to the head
Cracking down on hits to the head
September 5, 2010
Making sense of checking from behind
Summer weekend tournaments have always been a favorite of mine, both as a player and official. Fields surrounded by players and fans sitting on lounge chairs and coolers, so close that their ...
August 3, 2010
Making sense of out of bounds calls
On out of bounds calls, only your body - not the stick - counts
July 6, 2010
A moving pick is a technical foul
A moving pick or an illegal offensive screen is a technical foul.
May 14, 2010
Count rules can cause confusion
Count rules vary between high school and college and can cause confusion at times.
April 1, 2010
Diving into change
Leaping into the crease is grounds for waving off a goal.
March 2, 2010
Explaining the slash
Explaining the slash: Even a blow to the hands can send the referee's flag flying.
January 29, 2010
Kicking the crosse
In this admittedly rare instance, it's actually legal to tee off on an opponent's stick.
January 3, 2010
The play-on rule keeps excitement going
September 9, 2009
Faceoff infractions frustrating
The score is 8-8 with 4:43 left in the fourth quarter. Team A just scored the tying goal and clearly has momentum on its side.â?¯ The next faceoff isâ?¯ crucial. The intensity builds as both coaches shout ...
August 2, 2009
Goalie interference explained
It’s summertime, and that means it’s time for weekend recruiting tournaments. Recently, I had the privilege of officiating several high school club games at one of these all-day tournaments. ...
July 2, 2009
Shoot the ball or hold it?
There are 18 seconds left in the third quarter of a high school varsity game between two very solid teams. Team B is up by three goals and has just been flagged for a slash. Team A is going to be man-up ...
June 3, 2009
Hello, lax fans! The local high school lacrosse season is in full swing, and I have had the pleasure of officiating some outstanding games. I recently had a double-overtime barn-burner between two very ...
May 4, 2009
No goal, plenty of confusion
No goal. Are there any two words in the English language that infuriate a lacrosse coach more than those two? The ball hits the back of the net and the players, coaches and fans begin yelling ...
April 3, 2009
Save those takeout checks
Last June I had the privilege of spending a Saturday reffing at the Mass. Bay Youth Lacrosse League jamboree. Wow, lacrosse fields as far as the eye can see. On these fields were young boys ...