Junior_Training_2015

Report
Women’s Lacrosse
Junior Officials Education Program
Sponsored by
CT Women’s Lacrosse Officials Association (CWLOA)
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Agenda
S Your Responsibilities
S US Lacrosse Principles & Core Values
S Ethics
S The Game, Level of Play & Equipment
S Minor, Major, Team & Misconduct Fouls
S Penalty Administration
S Positioning & Mechanics
US Lacrosse
www.uslacrosse.org
S US Lacrosse is the national governing body of the game of
lacrosse. Through responsive and effective leadership, we provide
programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the
integrity of the sport.
S Educating our officials is a critical step in making this vision a reality!
S Your membership includes exclusive benefits such as Lacrosse
Magazine, Liability Insurance and developmental Resources
CWLOA
www.cwloa.org
Connecticut only women’s lacrosse board serving all
levels of competition throughout the state. CWLOA
trains and certifies junior youth officials and adult
youth officials in Connecticut under the auspices of
US Lacrosse.
Training is provided by CWLOA officials that are
trained by US Lacrosse to provide consistency and
the appropriate level of training necessary.
Erin Michaud – Board President
Your Responsibilities
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Satisfy your town and US Lacrosse requirements
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Complete required classroom training
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Take and successfully complete the online rules test
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Obtain a rating at a field certification event
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Obtain the tools of our trade: uniforms, whistles,
etc. – FOX 40 Only
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theofficialscorner.com Best Source for supplies
Women’s Game
Guiding Principles
S Honoring the Past
Understanding the history of the game
S Commitment to Our Core Values
Safety, Fairness, Fun
S Maintain Relevance
Understand how the skills taught and used in our game are directly
related to the rules, the spirit of the game and how it is officiated
S Respect All Participants
Coaches, Players, Spectators and Officials
Women’s Game
Core Values
FUN
Ethics
To maintain professionalism and responsibility, it is
important to follow ethical guidelines. When accepting
assignments, be fair to the teams and yourself:
DO NOT officiate a game in which a family member is participating
Junior umpires MUST NOT officiate players less then two years their age
Junior umpires MUST do games with a certified partner
Behavior before, during, and after game reflects on you and your
officiating team
• If problems with parents, fans and/or coach, or with another umpire
contact your assignor or town coordinator
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The Players
Youth lacrosse has four (4) levels of play with modifications at each level to allow
young players the opportunity to learn the game while developing their skills.
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U15 (Seniors)
Players must be 14 or
younger as of August
31 preceding
competition –
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U11 (Lighting)
Players must be 10 or
younger as of August
31 preceding
competition –
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U13 (Juniors)
Players must be 12 or
younger as of August 31
preceding competition –
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U9 (Bantam)
Players must be 8 or
younger as of August 31
preceding competition
The Players
U13 & U15 – 11 Field Players plus a Goalkeeper. Plays on a
Regulation Field with all markings. Regulation pocket.
U11 – 11 Field Players plus a Goalkeeper on a Regulation
Field with full markings. OR 7 Field Players with optional
Goalkeeper. Plays on a Short Field (60–70 yds. x 30-40 yds.)
with limited field markings. Regulation or Modified pocket.
U9 – 7 Field Players. Goalkeeper optional. Plays on a Short
Field (60–70 yds. x 30-40 yds.) with limited field markings.
Regulation or Modified pocket.
The Game
Game Time
All game time at the youth level is running time.
S U15 & U13 – 25 min halves
S U11 & U9 – 20 min halves
S Clock runs after goals
S Clock stops on timeouts and every whistle within the last
2 minutes of play unless a 10 goal differential exist
S overtime for U13 & U15 only – 1 timeout
S 2 – 2 min timeouts after goal, or during play with clear
possession.
S Suspended or interrupted game can be considered
complete by coaches agreement of 80% of game played.
S Halftime must be agreed to, not to exceed 10 minutes
Equipment
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ASTM eye protection & colored mouthguards
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Gloves, nose guards and soft headwear allowed
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No Jewelry (This includes Gauges)
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Crosse – 35 ½ - 43 ¼ with no more then 2 shooting strings
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Goalkeeper – NOCSAE Helmet with faceguard and chin
strap; throat protector; chest protector; Padding for shins,
thighs, abdominal and pelvic area; mouth guard – Crosse 52
inch max
All Equipment is Mandatory – Missing equipment– NO PLAY
Equipment
CASCADE HELMETS MUST BE CHECKED!
Cascade Helmets - Models R – MUST have a tamperproof
sticker attached showing recertification
NO EXCEPTIONS – Illegal without
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S Regulation the top
of the ball remains
above the top of the
wall after pressure
has been applied
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Equipment
S Modified up to half
of the ball may fall
below the bottom of
the sidewall
Getting Ready BEFORE Your Game
S Check your schedule; check the level of play; check the game
time; check the location
S Call your partner. Confirm transportation to and from the game.
S Do you have a CLEAN uniform and apparel and all equipment?
S Arrive in plenty of time before the game. Remember if you are on
time, you are LATE!
S Arrive together and walk on and off the field as a team.
Pre Game Discussion
with your partner
This is one of the most important responsibilities you
have before you blow your first whistle.
What do we need to discuss………
Who is starting the game with the draw – Lead
Who will run the coach/captains meeting
Do we have the right ball, field marking, safe playing surface
Verify game time
Go over rules, review situational call, discuss what happen at your
last game
S Whose watching the clock
S What do you expect from your partner
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Pre Game
Coaches/Captains Meeting
COACHES must attend captains meeting – No more
speaking captain, so ask who will call the coin toss
What level we are playing today?
Are all your players and equipment legal?
Is there anything special that we should be aware of?
How long for halftime?
Do we have a goalkeeper?
Is there a field/site manager – default home coach?
Weather
Playing time/Time outs
Who is keeping time?
In case of four goal differential what are we doing
with draws?
• Do you have any questions?
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Pre Game
Score Keeper/Timer
Don’t forget to check with the score keeper
and timer.
Timer: (if no timer….always encourage the
coach)
• Timers responsibilities: pg. 21-22
Score Keeper: (may not keep scorer U9 &
U11)
• Will keep track of team Time Outs
• Score Keeper responsibilities: pg. 21
Pre Game
Stick Check
Prior to the start of the game, each officials should
perform a stick check for each team.
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View ball placement for legal pocket at eye level
Drop ball into head of crosse – apply slight pressure
Roll the ball in crosse making sure it rolls freely
Inspect players for mouth guards, eye wear, jewelry
Inspect the goalkeeper for all equipment
Check stick length as necessary
Be as helpful as possible with the youth player equipment and trying to get illegal sticks
corrected. Do not delay the start of the game if equipment cannot be fixed in a timely
manner.
The Game
The Field
Coach Area
Penalty Area
100-140 yds
Restraining
Line
Center Circle
End Line
12m Fan
60-70 yds
8m Arc
Goal Line Ext
Goal Circle
Side Line
The Game
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S 1 – game administrator
 2 – teams
S 1 – timer
 2 – coaches/captains
S 1 - scorekeeper
 2 - officials
NOCSAE Ball
Pre-Game
S Yellow
or Orange
S Smooth or dimpled
S Pink with approval
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What Level
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Time
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Coaches/Captains meeting
The Game
The Draw
4 goal Differential: U13, U11, U9
• Must be requested by coach
• Center position – opposing team
45 degree away in front
• Can run, pass, but cannot shoot
(tell her)
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Start each half of play
After each goal (except 4 goal diff)
3 players from each team between RSL
Mouth of crosse open to your goal
Players on either side of center line
Right side of crosse down – above hips
Place ball in upper 1/3 of crosse heads
On ready, no movement, except heads
Move straight out with arm in arm
Whistle and drop of arm simultaneous
First movement must be up
Ball must go over players heads
Ball played out of bounds from draw – Redraw
Know what your responsibilities are
The Game
Boundaries
The team that had possession of the ball when it touches the line or the ground
outside the boundary line loses possession, except on a shot or deflected shot.
A crosse that is checked and the ball goes out of bounds, usually the player/team
that made the check will be awarded the ball.
Player with the ball is placed 2m inside the boundary
All other players are moved away in relative position when the ball went out of
bounds
At least 1m of space must always be given
Any foul along the boundary – 4 m still applies
The Game
Checking
U15 – Full checking may be played as long as one officials is an adult
officials with a Local rating AND both coaches agree. If no
agreement, full checking will not take place.
U13 & U15 – Modified checking is allowed.
S the opponents stick that is entirely below the shoulder
S the checking action is a down and away motion away from the
opponents body.
U9 & U11 – No Checking
The Game
Sphere
The sphere is an imaginary area of 7 inches surrounding the
head of a player. No player may reach into or through this area
of their opponent, nor may they poke or wave a crosse into this
area in an intimidating manner.
The Game
Is it a GOAL
It’s a goal when:
S Ball completely crosses the goal line
S Ball comes off the crosse of a legal attack player
S Ball rolled in or dropped by the defense
It’s NOT a goal when:
S Ball is kicked in by the attack
S Ball enters goal after hitting an official
S Ball sitting on the goal line
2015
Rule Change Highlights
S Beginning January 1, 2014, balls must meet NOCSAE standards at time of
manufacture and be yellow or orange – Rule 2, Section 5
S Field Players mouthpiece must cover the leading arch - Rule 2, Section 8
S Legal Uniform numbers are 0-99 – Rule 2, Section 13
S Electronic devices allowed in goal area (with restrictions) –
Rule 3, Section 7c
S On the draw, each player must have 1 foot toeing the line and both feet
must be on the same side of the line – Rule 5, Section 2
2015
Rule Change Highlights
S The number of stick check requests is 2 – Rule 5, Section 28b
S When illegal stick is found after a goal, the restart is at center
S Rule 5, Section 28c
S Contact shall not be the determining factor when calling Forcing
Through Foul – Rule 6, Section 1m
S Detaining is under the umbrella of Holding Foul – Rule 6,
Section 1s/v
2015
Rule Change Highlights
S The GK may return to her goal circle IF she has moved outside
the goal circle during a slow whistle AND has not fouled – Rule
7, Section 26
S When a suspended or ejected player (1 who is ineligible to
return) reenters the game, it shall be Coach Misconduct – Rule 7,
Section 35
S There shall not be more than 3 coaches in the defined coaching
area at the Youth Level – Youth Rules
2015
Points of Emphasis
Sportsmanship
S There is concern that increasing incidents of unsportsmanlike
behavior on and off the field are putting the foundations of girls’
lacrosse at risk. The beauty of this sport comes from girls working
together to achieve a skilled, strategic competition between teams
while respecting each other, the officials, the coaches and the rules.
The committee encourages coaches, players and officials to work
together to preserve the spirit of girls’ lacrosse. Positive and
sportsmanlike conduct by all is necessary for the integrity of the
game.
2015
Points of Emphasis
Dangerous Play
S The “win at all costs” mentality affects the safety of all players on the
field. The committee asks that coaches teach and encourage
appropriate play, players play within the rules, and officials are
vigilant in keeping the play safe and fair.
S Strict enforcement of rules addressing safety is essential, including
carding of fouls that are dangerous, intentional or are without any
regard for player safety. Examples of this kind of foul may include: a
cross check in the back, throwing a knee or elbow into an opponent,
slashing, grabbing a shirt, running a defender hard into a midfield
pick, deliberately hitting an opponent, or using her crosse in the
head/neck area of her opponent.
2015
Points of Emphasis
Offensive Fouls
S Offensive players gain an unfair advantage when they force through,
cradle in
the sphere, set illegal picks, shoot or propel dangerously, follow
through in an uncontrolled or unsafe manner, and/or fail to control
their bodies after a shot. Officials need to be particularly vigilant to
see the attack player fouls and enforce all fouls equally and fairly.
S Officials should review the particulars of attack fouls that may be
found in the rulebook and officials’ manual.
2015
Additional Points of Emphasis
Illegal Contact, Illegal Use of the Crosse and Crosschecking
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Illegal contact now includes, but is not limited to, contact made with a stick that is being held in a horizontal
position. This will be a foul on the player whose stick is in that horizontal position. Holding the stick in this
position is not illegal, however contact made while in this position is illegal. Enforcing this rule promotes a
safer environment and clarifies the space to which each player is entitled. An offensive player who initiates
contact with a player who is holding her stick in a horizontal position that pushes or displaces the defender
should be called for a foul. These would be offsetting fouls which would result in a throw.
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A cross-check occurs when a player uses the crosse to hit, push or displace an opponent. This is a safety issue
and must be called immediately. A crosse check that occurs on a defenseless player (in the back or when the
play is over) which is excessive or repetitive must be carded.
Body Contact
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No body contact, unless deemed incidental, shall be allowed by any player on the field. Officials are
instructed to pay particular attention to players that gain an advantage by establishing body-to-body contact
that does not allow the legal movement by an opponent. While some incidental contact may occur, women’s
lacrosse is a non-contact sport. Officials need to observe and enforce illegal body contact that may occur in
situations such as checking, riding, double-teaming, pushing/shoving during picks, on the draw, offensive
push-offs, box outs and play by the offense and defense around the goal circle. Two players making contact
on a ground ball may be incidental provided they are attempting to play the ball and not each other.
2015
Additional Points of Emphasis
Obstruction of Free Space to Goal
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Offensive players must be allowed to safely take a shot. Conversely, the defense must
be allowed to play defense and not be penalized simply because an attacker looks to
goal. Officials will consider whether or not the attack has the opportunity to shoot as
the focus for making this call.
Repetitive Fouls
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Players or teams committing excessive, repetitive or intentional fouls must be
penalized. Lack of experience and/or poor skills which lead to dangerous play or
continuous fouls by different players from a team are no excuse for allowing illegal
play to continue. In addition to awarding the opponent a free position, employment
of game management skills such as warning and/or carding must be used
Fouls
S Minor Fouls
S Major Fouls
S Goal Circle Fouls
S Teams Fouls
S Misconduct Fouls
Minor Foul
Point of Emphasis - 3 seconds closely guarded
Stick in Checkable
position
Defense in position to
make legal check
Defense has both hands
on her stick
Attack holds ball for 3
seconds WITHOUT
moving it out of
checkable position
Fouls
S Empty stick check
S Cover
S Warding
S Hand Ball
S Squeeze the Head of the Crosse
S Body ball
S Playing ball while out of bounds
S Delay of game
S Illegal draw
S Illegal Crosse/Equipment
S Failure to wear a mouthguard
S Jewelry
Fouls
 Cross in the sphere
 Obstruction to Free Space
 Rough/Dangerous Check
 Forcing Through/Charging
 Illegal Contact
 Illegal use of the Crosse
 Dangerous Shot (GK only)
 Tripping
 3 Seconds
 Cross Check
 Playing the ball off an opponent
Fouls
 Pushing
 Reaching across the body
 Illegal Pick
Hooking
 Blocking
 False Start
 Holding/Detaining
 Illegal Shot
 Illegal Deputy
Fouls
S Check to the Head
S Check to the Head – U15
S Slashing
S Dangerous Follow Through
S Dangerous Propelling
Fouls
A foul occurs when:
• A player or crosse enters or breaks the goal circle
• A player reaches into goal circle to play ball
• Stepping on goal circle line or into goal circle
• Failure to clear the ball from the goal circle within
10 seconds from when it enters the goal circle
• Illegal Deputy
No Deputy is allowed at any youth level, except U9 level if playing without a goalkeeper
• Player may not go into goal to retrieve ball – Umpire will direct a player
• Player must carry the ball out within 10 seconds
• Defense cannot block her exit. If they do it is an 8m free position going out
Fouls
 Off Sides – No more then 7 players below the restraining line on
their offensive side and no more then 8 players below the
restraining line on their defensive side.
Fouls
S Excessively rough, dangerous or unsportsmanlike play
S Persistent or flagrant violations of the rules
S Deliberately endangering the safety of an opposing player
S Baiting or taunting which is intended or designed to
embarrass, ridicule or demean others
Fouls
S Excessive dissent or abusive language
S Non-playing team member leaving the bench are during the
game
S Coach leaving their coaching area
S Any type of behavior in the officials opinion amounts to
misconduct
Foul Administration
S 7 Steps to Foul Administration
S Whistle (varying tones)
S Foul Signal
S Directional Arm
S BOO (Ball – Offender – Others)
S Re-Position yourself
S Quick look around field/partner
S Restart Play
Foul Administration
S Minor Foul – 4m away from the direction the foul occurred
S Major Foul – 4m behind
4m = 13.1 feet
Foul Administration
Free Position Setup
Minor Fouls
Inside the 12m fan (including the 8m arc)
S Minor by defense – Place attack on 12m fan inline with foul.
Offender 4m away from the direction of the foul. All others
4m away – *Indirect
S Minor by attack – Place ball 8m from goal circle in line with
foul. Offender 4m away from direction of the foul. All others
4m away.
* Indirect means that the attacker cannot shoot unless she passes
or her stick has been played by a legal check.
Anywhere else on the field, player gets the ball no closer then 8m
to goal circle and 4m inside the boundary line. Offender 4m
away from the direction of the foul. All others 4m away
Foul Administration
Free Position Setup
Major Fouls
Inside the 8m arc
S Major by defense – Place attack on 8m arc - hash mark
inline with foul. Offender 4m behind. Clear arc. First hash
FP clear arc and lane.
S Major by attack – Place ball 8m from goal circle in line with
foul. Offender 4m behind. All others 4m away.
Foul Administration
Free Position Setup
Major Fouls - continued
Inside the Critical Scoring Area (CSA) but outside the 8m
S Major by defense – Place attack at spot of foul. Offender 4m
behind. All others 4m away, Clear penalty lane. Foul on the
floating/hanging hash clear lane only.
S Major by attack – Place ball at the spot of the foul. Offender
4m behind. All others 4m away
Anywhere else on the field, player gets the ball 4m inside the
boundary line. Offender 4m behind. All others 4m away
Foul Administration
Free Position Setup
Major Fouls
On an 8m free position, a player
may shoot provided there is a
goalkeeper or a modified goal (i.e.,
shooting net) is being used. If there
is no goalkeeper or it is an open
net, then the 8m free position shall
be an indirect – Youth only
Foul Administration
Free Position Setup
Goal Circle Fouls
S By the defense – Place closest attack player on the 8m goal
line extended (GLE) Offender 4m behind (12m). Clear lane
above GLE. If the goalkeeper committed the violation, no
member of the defensive team will go behind. **
S By the attack – The goalkeeper is given the ball in the goal
circle. Offender 4m behind. All others 4m away.
** This is no longer an indirect free position. The attack may
shoot directly at goal.
Foul Administration
Free Position Setup
Team Fouls – Offside
S By the attack – Correct the offside.
S Change of possession at spot of ball. Free position no closer
then 8m to goal circle. Nearest offending team player 4m
behind. All others 4m away.
S By the defense: Correct the offside
S Outside the CSA or below GLE – Attacker maintains ball.
Closest defender is placed 4m behind
S Inside the CSA and above GLE – Closest attacker to the 12m
fan center is given the ball. Nearest defender is placed 4m
behind. All others 4m away. Clear the penalty lane
Card Administration
- Delay of Game
- Mandatory for Check to Head, Slashing,
Dangerous Propelling, Dangerous Follow Through,
Misconduct – 2 minute penalty
minute
- Game Suspension – Same player – 2
penalty
- Ejection – 4 minute penalty
Card Administration
Teams being issued cards must play short below the restraining line at both ends
of the field for the entire period of time. U9 & U11 do not play short.
Team Cards – On the 4th card issued to a team, the team will play a player down.
Any subsequent cards issued to that team will require an additional player loss for
the remainder of the game.
Coaches are responsible for the actions of assistant coaches and bench personnel
and will receive cards for these type of violations
Coaches are additionally responsible for players serving the full penalty time. A
suspended player entering the game before the penalty time is served will be
removed from the field, serve and additional 2 minute penalty and the coach will
be issued a yellow card (no additional penalty or loss of player)
Officials Mechanics
Things to Know
S Know your position responsibilities (Lead vs Trail)
S Know the Rules
S Know the Foul Signals
S Know the Foul Setups
S Know how to be invisible (its about the players, not YOU)
Officials Mechanics
Two – Person Officiating
S Two-Person Officiating means TWO. Never officiate a game alone.
You will put yourself at a liability risk if you do.
S Throughout the game you will continually switch between lead and
trail
S When you move to your RIGHT you are LEAD
S When you move to your LEFT your are TRAIL
S Understand the mid-field and shared responsibilities
S You are a Team – Always trust and support your partner
Officials Mechanics
Two – Person Officiating
DON’T’s
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Don’t blow the whistle on your partner’s side of the field
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Don’t blow your whistle for boundaries balls on Lead endline or sideline
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Don’t stand still – Always move
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Don’t stand in the middle of the field
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Don’t have whistle in your mouth
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Don’t have hands on hips
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Don’t know – call timeout and discuss
Officials Mechanics
LEAD
S Lead to your right
S Always be ahead and wide of play
S Remember to be on tangent – 45 degree angle to the ball carrier
S Know the quadrants and your movement high/low
S On Ball/Off Ball
S Restarts play within CSA, even if Trail called the foul
S Always whistle and signal the goal
Officials Mechanics
TRAIL
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Trail to your left
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Follow play up field and be wide of play
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You MUST be move inside the RSL and be a presence
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Quarter moon movement (1st to 2nd hash) move center but not beyond center
hash to help when ball is on far side to help lead.
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Know the quadrants and move on tangent with the ball
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On Ball/Off Ball
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Restarts play outside the CSA, and on your side of the field
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Watch the Big Picture
Officials Mechanics
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Officials Mechanics
Quadrants/Tangents
Interacting with Coaches
S Remember coaches are as integral to the game as are you
S Respect must be mutual
S Be available to answer questions and address concerns
S Be patient, and calm when addressing them
S Always be professional
S Never give them an opportunity to question your ability
Interacting with Coaches
S Do not allow abuse, yelling, name
calling, undermining your
authority
S Statements vs. Questions
S Use your cards
S Get help if needed
S Always be professional
S Remember you control whether a
game will continue to be played
Official’s Comportment
The manner in which one conducts oneself
S Call a SAFE and FAIR game
S Let the players determine the outcome of the game
S Be approachable, confident and use good judgment
S Have a good appearance, voice and demeanor
S Show respect for your partner, players, coaches and
spectators
S Always come dressed in proper uniform, shirt tucked in.
Official’s Comportment
Elevate Your Presence
S Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
S Let your whistle talk for you
S Use of Rule Language
S Be Fit and look and act the part
S Be Respectful
S Demonstrate good teamwork contact
throughout the game
S Have composure
S Large and Clear Signals
The 2015 USL Youth Rule Test
True or False
1. One U9 coach from each team may be on the field for the purpose of coaching, all
other coaches at the U11, U13 and U15 levels must remain in their coaching area
Page 72, Coaching Area
2. At all youth levels, the penalty administration for a Minor foul (not a goal circle
foul) committed by the defense inside the 12m fan will be an indirect free
position on the 12m fan to the attack player nearest to the spot of the foul.
Offending player will stand 4m away in the direction from which she approached
before committing the foul.
Page 56, Section 17
3. In U-9 and U-11 level games a player receiving a yellow or red card must leave the
field and enter the penalty area for 2 or 4 minutes of elapsed playing time, she
must sit or kneel, and a substitute must take her place.
Page 79, U-11/U-9 Specifics
The 2015 USL Youth Rule Test
True or False
4. At the U-13 Level and below: If score is being kept, possession
will be taken at center by the team with fewer goals if a four or
more goal differential exists unless waived by the coach of the
trailing team
Page 75, “For U-13 and below”
5. At the U-13 level and below, an initiated check to the head is a
mandatory Yellow card. At the U-15 full checking level it is a
mandatory Red card
Page 76, Fouls, #3
The 2015 USL Youth Rule Test
True or False
6. At all youth levels, incidental contact with the head is not a
mandatory card to the player who made the contact but may be
judged as a major foul for dangerous play or a no call
Page 76, Fouls, #3 NOTE
7. At the U13 and U15 level, a game that enters overtime will play as
many overtime periods as necessary until there is a winner
Page 75, Overtime
8. At all youth levels, when the game clock runs out during the
administration of an 8M free position for the attacking team, the
official will continue to allow the penalty shot on goal
Page 74, Duration of Play
The 2015 USL Youth Rule Test
True or False
9. At all youth levels, Position to Check is defined as a player
having the opportunity to legally check her opponents crosse
without fouling
Page 78, Position to Check
10. At all youth levels. During the pre-game stick check, a player
wearing a small earring tells the officials that she just had her ear
pierced and must not remove the earring. The correct procedure
for the official to follow is to allow her to play after putting tape
over the earring.
Page 15, Other Personal Equipment
The 2014 USL Youth Rule Test
True or False
11. Running time for all youth level games means the clock
will run after goals. The clock will stop for timeouts. The
clock will also stop for every whistle in the last two minutes
of each half unless there is a 10 goal differential.
Page 74, Duration of Play
12. The penalty for misconduct by a player or coach shall be
the same as for all major fouls. In addition to awarding a
free position, the official will issue a yellow or red card.
Issuance of cards should be considered a warning to all.
Page 59 & 62, Misconduct, Coach Misconduct
The 2015 USL Youth Rule Test
True or False
13. At the U15 Full Checking level only, a player may follow
through during a shot on goal and the defender marking her
may reach into the goal circle to defend the shot
Page 76, Fouls, #4
14. At all youth levels. A goal scored while the defense is offside shall
count and play is resumed with a draw.
Page 53, Section 9, NOTE
15. At all youth levels. The player taking an INDIRECT free
position may go to goal and shoot once the ball has been played
by another player
Page 56, Rule 7, Section 17
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16. At all youth levels. Officials arrive at a game and find that neither the home
team nor the visiting team has balls that meet the current NOCSAE ball
standard at time of manufacture. How do you proceed?
a. A. Because this is a safety issue, the game cannot be played and the matter
shall be referred to the sponsoring authority
b. The visiting team is able to provide NFHS orange balls, the game may be
played
c. If both coaches agree to play without the NOCSAE balls then the game
may be played.
d. None of the above
Page 13, Rule 2, The Ball AR 2-5
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17. At all youth levels. Before the game begins, it is discovered that the visiting team is
wearing illegal uniforms. There is no time or opportunity to correct this. How do you
proceed?
a. The home team will have a free position in lieu of the draw throughout the entire
game. The visiting team center will stand 4M to either side, on a 45 degree angle to
the center line
b. At the start of the game the official will administer a one-time free position to the
home team at the center. The visiting team center will stand 4M to either side, on a
45 degree angle to the center line
c. The official will administer a throw at center to start each half of the game; draw
positioning will apply for all other players.
d. No foul, allow the teams to play as they are, it's only a uniform violation
Page 17, Rule 2, Uniforms AR 2-17
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18. During a U13 modified checking game, a Blue defender commits a major foul
against the White team following a White goal and well after the goal has been
scored (not during the act of shooting), how is the penalty administered?
a. Possession is given to the Goalkeeper inside the goal circle, all players move 4M
away from the goal circle
b. A free position is given to the shooter on the nearest hash mark closest to where
the foul occurred, she may attempt another shot on goal
c. The white team will have a free position back at center, the blue opponent will be
placed 4M directly behind the White center, the White center may run, pass, or
shoot.
d. The white team will have a free position back at center, the blue center will be
placed 4M to either side on a 45 degree angle, the White center may run, pass or
shoot
Page 54, Rule 7, Foul After Goal Section 12
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19. At all youth levels, how many coaches are allowed in the
coaching area (not including trainers, administrators) which is
defined as the area from substitution box to end line? For U9
level, one of these coaches may be on the field.
a. Up to six coaches
b. Two coaches
c. Four coaches
d. Three coaches
Page 72, Coaching Area
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20. At all youth levels. Which of the following uses of
electronic equipment are legal?
a. The use of artificial, voice amplifier by a coach
b. An assistant coach in the press box communicating with
the head coach in the coaching area by phone or head set
c. A camera inside the goal
d. All of the above
Page 19, Section 6, Use of Electronic Equipment
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21. In a Youth Level game being played without a goalkeeper, which of the following best describes
how play will be restarted if the ball comes to rest inside the goal circle but not in the goal?
a. The Lead official will designate a defense player who shall be allowed to go into the goal circle
to collect the ball in her crosse. This player must leave the goal circle within 10 seconds of being
designated by the official. The opponents must not deliberately block her exit.
b. The Lead official will allow a defender outside the goal circle to reach into the goal circle and
retrieve the ball. She will move to the 8m mark on the goal line extended and play will resume
from that spot on the lead officials whistle. All other players will be 4m away.
c. Any defender may go into the goal circle and pick up the ball in her crosse and throw it out
within 10 seconds of the ball entering the goal circle.
d. The Lead official will retrieve the ball from the goal circle and administer a throw between the
two nearest opposing players at least 8m from the goal circle.
Page 76, Fouls, #6, NOTE
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22. At all youth levels. Which of the following best describes what the
official should consider before making an obstruction of free space to
goal (shooting space) violation call?
a. Is the attack player with the ball in the critical scoring area?
b. Does the attack player with the ball have the opportunity to shoot,
and the ability to complete a shot safely?
c. Is a defender in the "free space to goal" and not marking an attack
player within a stick's length?
d. All of the above.
Page 43, Rule 6, K
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23. At the youth levels where no checking or modified checking is
being played, a player with the ball may not hold the ball for more
than 3 seconds when which of the following occur?
a. She is closely guarded/marked
b. The defender has both hands on her stick
c. The defender is in a position to check if checking were allowed.
d. All of the above
Page 77, Fouls, #9
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24. During a U13 modified checking game and following a goal, a coach becomes unruly and verbally
abusive toward the officials. The official issues the coach a yellow card for misconduct. How is play
restarted?
a. A. The coach must designate a player who must leave the field and enter the penalty area to serve
the entire 2 minutes of elapsed playing time. No substitute can take her place for 2 minutes. Player
positioning for the draw will apply, the center for the offending team will be placed 4M away on a 45
degree angle from the center taking the free position.
b. The coach must designate a player who must leave the field and enter the penalty area to serve the
entire 4 minutes of elapsed playing time. No substitute can take her place for 4 minutes. Player
positioning for the draw will apply, the center for the offending team will be placed 4M away on a 45
degree angle from the center taking the free position
c. The coach must designate a player from the bench who must enter the penalty area to serve the
entire 2 minutes of elapsed playing time. Player positioning for the draw will apply. The center for the
offending team will placed 4M behind the center taking the free position.
d. A yellow card to the coach serves as a warning so no players are removed from the field and no
player enters the penalty area. Play is restarted with the opposing goalkeeper inside her goal circle. All
other players move 4M away from the goal circle.
Page 63, Rule 7, AR 7-21
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25. White #6 is on a scoring play just inside the 12m when she is fouled by Blue #20 but maintains
possession. The Lead official raises a flag to allow the scoring play to continue. As White #6
enters the 8m arc near the center hash mark a second foul occurs when she is illegally checked
by Blue #11 and loses possession of the ball. After whistling and signaling the illegal check
how should the Lead official set up the free position?
a. White #6 will move to the center hash mark with the ball, the spot of the most recent foul.
Blue #20 will be placed 4m behind. Clear the 8m arc. All players 4m away.
b. White #6 will move to the center hash mark with the ball, the spot of the most recent foul.
Blue #11 will be placed 4m behind. Clear the 8m arc. All other players 4m away.
c. White #6 will move to the spot of the first foul with the ball. Blue #20 will be placed 4m
behind. Clear the lane. All players 4m away.
d. White #6 will move to the spot of the first foul with the ball. Blue #20 will be placed 4m
away in the direction from which she approached. All players 4m away.
Page 58, Rule 7, Slow Whistle, Section 25
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