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


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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 »

On And Off Officials


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Anyone heard the joke about the ref who should buy a ticket to the game because they were ball watching? As a fan, your natural inclination is to watch where the ball goes. It takes will power and self-discipline to overcome that habit. An official that ball watches will consistently miss fouls and violations. It more »

4 C’s of Signals: Clear, Crisp, Consistent, Confidant


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Until the late 1800s, baseball umpires did not use any signals. Some historians credit William “Dummy” Hoy, a deaf player with the Washington Nationals, with introducing hand signals for balls and strikes, safe and out calls.  Others, credit umpire  Bill “The Old Arbiter” Klem, who began officiating two years after Hoy retired, with inventing hand more »