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Ask a Ref: Busting Myths and Misconceptions

Ask a Ref week 1

Welcome!

Every Friday, Gordon Corsetti and I will be answering reader questions about officiating and the many questionable situations that can come up in our beautiful game of lacrosse. We are here to serve you and to clear up any confusion or misconceptions about the game of lacrosse. Please don’t hesitate to contact us or comment below if there’s something specific you’d like to learn about.

Combined, Gordon and I have officiated hundreds, if not thousands, of lacrosse games, camps, tournaments, scrimmages and exhibitions across at least seven different States in four different districts. We have a year-round passion for officiating, and we use it as our way to give back to the game and stay on the field.

We will cover lacrosse rules topics from youth, high school, and college to the professional leagues. If there’s anything you want to know, just ask! It doesn’t have to be about the rules either – feel free to ask us about the duties and lifestyle of officials too.

Since we’re rolling into the spring season, most of our questions will be centered around the field game, but box lacrosse questions are always encouraged too.

Feel free to ask questions like:

What are the officials really looking for in offsides calls?

or

I saw a college game where there was a “play-on” penalty and then the guy turned around and slashed him in retaliation… Why did they both go to the box?

Everything is on the table.

Your Trusty Officiating Crew

Gordon and I not only put on stripes almost every night, but we also actively watch, play, coach, and live lacrosse too.

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From time to time, we’ll also be bringing in our colleagues as guests to answer special questions. For instance, we may get an inquiry about MLL or NLL rules, and who better to ask than an official with experience in the professional leagues?

Feel free to catch up on any of Gordon’s posts from 2013, all linked below, and check out his awesome video about officiating duties with only two officials, too.

Goal or No Goal? | Goalie Stick Switching and Equipment | Players Switching Sticks | Respect My Authority | Busting Rule Myths in NCAA and NFHS Boys Lacrosse

What To Expect Next Week

Next week, we’ll be covering the new NFHS rules for 2014. We hope to clear up any confusion about them as early as quickly as we can to help make everyone’s life a little easier come game day. From there, we’ll begin addressing any questions that come up from LAS readers. So go ahead and ask away!

About the author

Mark Donahue

Transplanted in Boise from Ohio, Mark is the editor, video guy, and box lacrosse junkie at LaxAllStars.com. When he’s not obsessing over lax at LAS HQ or officiating a game somewhere, you can probably find him on the slopes or at the disc golf course.

4 Comments

  • So he can’t string a stick…Doesn’t necessarily mean he doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to being a ref. And obviously his resume speaks for itself in the reffing aspect. @pnwlax12 I think this whole thing is a great idea honestly. I’d rather have an experienced ref tell me how they would call a certain play or just some weird thing that comes up instead of going by a rule book that doesn’t exactly tell me what I need to know and gives me the whole run around.

  • I’m sorry, but I am not going to listen to Gordon, because he made this video.

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh man, don’t remind me of that video. That was before I started putting together officiating videos, learned to shave before recording, and realized the way I learned to string sticks isn’t up to snuff with what’s been developed since I stopped playing. Definitely no more stick stringing videos for me. I’ll let the professionals handle that.

    So he can’t string a stick…Doesn’t necessarily mean he doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to being a ref. And obviously his resume speaks for itself in the reffing aspect. @pnwlax12 I think this whole thing is a great idea honestly. I’d rather have an experienced ref tell me how they would call a certain play or just some weird thing that comes up instead of going by a rule book that doesn’t exactly tell me what I need to know and gives me the whole run around.

    That’s the idea! The rulebook is full of judgment calls, which puts a lot on the officials to gauge both the level of the game and how the entire game is going. In training new youth and adult officials I’ve found that showing a video of a foul or situation and discussing it provides a greater level of understanding than reciting the rulebook.

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