Pre-Game Responsibilities for Lacrosse Officials

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Before, during, and after the game proactive communication responsibilities
for Lacrosse Officials
“Consistency in communications between games”
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Before the game…
• Contact each member of your Officiating Team prior to
arriving at the field.
– Confirm time and location of game.
– Confirm when and where to meet for pre-game.
– Discuss weather forecast / uniform.
• Reach out no later than 12PM (noon) the day of the game.
• This should not placed solely on the “Referee”.
– Phone
– Text
– E-Mail
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Contacting the home school…..
• Print out the Arbiter “Game Details” page for the
game. Carry this in the car on game day.
• Are the other official’s numbers in your cell
phone?
• Click on “Site” and write down the email address
and phone # of school contact.
• Email the school contact to inform them you’re
on the game and confirm location and start time.
Provide your contact info and attach your PIAA
clearance as a pdf file.
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Game Day…
• Meet at the pre-determined time and location
– Call your partner(s) if you’re running late!
• Things to Do / Pre-Game discussion
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Uniform for the day.
Equipment checks – how many and when?
Rules clarification (InterAc vs. PIAA).
How to handle coaches if necessary?
How to handle a fight if necessary?
Previous experience(s) with the opponents.
How we are going to “Call It Today”?
How to consistently manage “face-offs”?
Walk onto the field together (@ least 20 min before game
time)!
– Stretch Out / Warm-Up!
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Pre-game with the Coaches
“You’ll never have a second chance to make a first impression”
• Talk to the Home Team Coach First...
 Introduce yourselves
 Give them the officials “line-up card”
 Read the PIAA certification (not for the InterAc)
 Fill out your game day scorecard
 Ask / discuss any other details (e.g. national anthem, line-up, etc.)
 How to handle inclement weather / lightning?
 How will you be compensated?
 Any rules clarifications / questions? Do NOT judge previous calls!
• Talk to the Visiting Team Coach next..
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On the Field
• Check the Field
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Goals and nets
Field markings
Conditions (e.g. mud, creases)
Obstructions (e.g. soccer goals, etc.)
• Check with the Table Personnel / Score Book
– The table is at least 6 yards from the field if possible.
– Any rule changes from last year to review with the
Table personnel?
– Keeping track of personal fouls & minutes
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On the Field with the Players
• Call for Stick Checks (far mid-field)
• Call Captains for the Coin Toss (5 min before
game time)
– Introduce yourselves to the Captains.
– Read the PIAA certification / sportsmanship.
– Administer the Coin Toss.
• Call the Teams for the Line-up
– Any expectations from the Referee?
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During the Game…
• Three types of communication
– Audio (whistle and verbal)
– Signals / Body position
– Eye contact
• Audio (whistle and verbal)
– Whistle to start / stop play, vary volume and length.
– Talk to your partners during play.
• “I’ve got your sideline Mark”, “Thanks Dale”
• “Whadda ya think Dale, are they stalling?”
• “I’ve got your goal Mark”, “Thanks Dale”, “I’m back Dale”
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During the Game…
• Signals and Body Position
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Know your signals and use them! Over-emphasize!
Announce (signal) your fouls to your partner(s) first.
Be in the right position for the call and to start play.
Show your partners that you’re ready to re-start play.
Adjust your field position to maintain your 3 man “triangle” or keep
your diagonal “string” (2 man) and keep all play in front of you.
• Eye Contact
– Make eye contact throughout the game esp. on starts / re-starts.
– Watch your partner(s) position frequently.
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During the Game…
• During time-outs
– Which team called the time-out, how many left, what time in the game?
– Did they get the ball in the offensive zone before calling the time-out?
– What count do they get on the re-start, if any?
• After a goal
– What color team and which # player scored?
• Between quarters and at half-time (be proactive)
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Confirm the score and penalty situation with the Table.
Are we keeping players safe?
Even or un-even face-off? Penalty time remaining?
Everything ok (e.g. coaches, players, contact, sportsmanship)?
Are we calling the game consistently?
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After the game…
• The game ends………
– Confirm the score.
– Leave the field together after the teams cross on their way to their
benches.
– Do NOT discuss the game further with coaches, players, fans, etc.
– Get to a “quiet” place and share constructive feedback.
• Did you keep the players safe?
• Did your Team communicate well?
• Were your calls consistent?
– In the event of an ejection(s) / fight:
• Reach alignment on the sequence of events and details.
• Contact your assigner immediately after the game.
• Confirm who will fill out and submit the PIAA paperwork.
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Quiz Question #1
• If it takes two men two days to dig two holes,
how long does it take one man to dig half a
hole?
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Quiz Question #1 - Answer
• If it takes two men two days to dig two holes,
how long does it take one man to dig half a
hole?
• You can’t dig half a hole, once the first
shovelful of dirt is removed it is a hole.
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Quiz Question #2
• Which of these topics (with others) do you
discuss in your “pre-game” with your crew?
Field conditions?
How you’ll consistently manage face-offs?
How to handle a fight?
Where you’re going for “post-game”
All of the above.
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Quiz Question #2 - Answer
• Which of these topics (with others)do you
discuss in your “pre-game” with your crew?
Field conditions?
How you’ll consistently manage face-offs?
How to handle a fight?
Where you’re going for “post-game”?
All of the above.
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Quiz Question #3
• Which topics do you discuss with each coach
in your “pre-game” with them?
Read the PIAA Certification (if PIAA contest)?
Field conditions?
Where you’re going for “post-game”?
If there will be a national anthem and line-up?
All of the above.
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Quiz Question #3 - Answer
• Which topics do you discuss with each coach
in your “pre-game” with them?
Read the PIAA Certification (if PIAA contest)?
Field conditions?
Where you’re going for “post-game”?
If there will be a national anthem and line-up?
All of the above.
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Quiz Question #4
• What conditions should you check?
Goals and nets?
Clarify field markings?
Is the field playable (e.g. muddy)?
Obstructions (e.g. soccer goals)?
Dangers (e.g. grates, etc.)?
All of the above.
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Quiz Question #4 - Answer
• What conditions should you check?
Goals and nets?
Clarify field markings?
Is the field playable (e.g. muddy)?
Obstructions (e.g. soccer goals)?
Dangers (e.g. grates, etc.)?
All of the above.
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Quiz Question #5
• How many times should you read the PIAA
certification before a PIAA contest?
Once.
The what?????
Three.
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Quiz Question #5 - Answer
• How many times should you read the PIAA
certification before a PIAA contest?
Once.
The what?????
Three.
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Quiz Question #6
• Who originally said,
“The will to win is not nearly as important as the
will to prepare to win.”?
Mark Cassidy
Kevin Schaefer
Bobby Knight
Dale Biegel
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Quiz Question #6 - Answer
• Who originally said,
“The will to win is not nearly as important as the
will to prepare to win.”?
Mark Cassidy
Kevin Schaefer
Bobby Knight
Dale Biegel
A well conducted, thorough communication plan is
“preparing to win”!
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Have A Good Game !
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