Good, Close or Dang! How to Conduct a Stick Check

Most players, coaches, fans and often times new officials, do not completely understand what the somewhat ominous gathering of officials at midfield conducting a series of experiments on players sticks is all about.  This post will address the requirements for a legal crosse, types of checks conducted, the mechanics of conducting a check, the types more »

Simultaneous Fouls by Harold Buck

Without a doubt, the most confusing section of the lacrosse rule book is Rule 7-6: Simultaneous Fouls. Many veteran officials make these calls incorrectly without realizing it, because in few cases do the coaches—or anyone else watching the game—understand the correct enforcement. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be trying to make the more »

A Primer on Counts for Two Man Mechanics

Some of the most difficult NFHS rules and mechanics for newer officials to master are the three counts involved in advancing the ball:  the four second goalie count (Rule 4-19 and 20 Art. 5, the 20-second clearing count  (Rules 4-14)  and the 10 second count (Rule 4-15). While the basic requirements and mechanics for each are fairly straightforward, the challenge more »