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 »

Six Keys to Success

A well-officiated lacrosse game is managed by a team of officials, not two or three individuals doing their own thing.  The two things that hold a crew together are solid mechanics and communication.  Whenever possible I try to go over at least the basics.  I am a sheet guy.  I hand out a printed pre-game 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 »