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 »

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 »

Conducting a Stick Check

Under NFHS rules, officials are expected to perform at least two random equipment checks during a high school game.  The goal of these checks is to ensure that players are properly and safely equipped and that the sticks do not give any one player an undue advantage. Illegal stick penalties are game changing fouls.  By rule they are non-releasable and, as they more »