Southwest Lacrosse Officials Association: Training

Wednesday, August 22
Handout: Dealing With Coaches

Sunday, January 28
Attached is a great guide to print-out and take with you especially for those pre-game meetings done "on the run".
Handout: Officiating Quick Guide & Pre-game Review

Tuesday, September 26
Here are several handouts that you might find useful. If you were inclined, you could, for example, print out the Officials Cards on stock to hand to coaches during certification.
Handout: NCAA Timer

Tuesday, March 28
On Sunday night we had a mid-season review session to discuss rules,
problems on the field and to answer any questions. Below is a recap of what we talked about:

1.   Safety is our utmost concern on the field. We are seeing many games
that border on being out of control. You have to control the games early,
throw the flags on too aggressive behavior, and address coaches on
allowing this type of play to continue. We want to let kids play, and
incidental contact will occur, but when kids get pushed down from behind,
get slashed, or run over by bull-dodging attackers, we are allowing the
game to get unsafe.

2. Look at the rule for Warding on page 74. It says that warding shall
be called if a player uses his arm or any other part of his body to push,
hold, or control the direction of the crosse or body of the defender.
This mens that if the player with the ball lowers his head or shoulder and
runs into the defender it is warding, minimally, and illegal bodychecking
if your perceive intent on the part of the player to put the other player
to the ground.

3.   Our web site has the youth rule waivers. Read them before your next
game. Note the rules on body checking. Only "limited" body checking is
allowed. We have to clean this up immediately or some teams will not be
allowed to compete. At the 5/6th grade levels in particular only
incidental contact should be allowed. If players receive more than one
unnecessary roughness fouls, the time served escalates.

4.   On face-offs - be sure to blow the whistle quickly. After your "down"
call, the players will usually get down quickly and we need to be as quick
with the whistle. The longer we wait the more likelihood that an illegal
procedure call will ensue. Make sure your partner is helping you out. The
F/O official cannot see everything and has to rely on the wing official
for help.

5.   Control coaches behavior!! Don't let them get carried away. This is
done by letting them know what happened quietly. Don't yell across the
field. We have seen a lot of instances at all levels of coaches that need
to be advised that their behavior is not acceptable. In some case, it is
because they do not know the rules. The more we educate them the better
the game will be. If players are getting out of control let the coaches

6.   Some officials are allowing players with the ball to pass them as
they transtion back up the field. We have to be backpedaling and hustling
back so the ball doesn't beat us. Also, don't turn your back to the ball.
Heads have to be on a swivel at all times.

7.   If players or coaches complain about a call, consider using the tech
foul "Conduct" and then escalate to Unsportsmanlike Conduct if it

Remember, safety is a primary goal at any level. Good luck!1


Monday, March 13
Ladies and Gents,

Below is a copy of a message that went out to all High School Coordinators
from the THSLL Commissioner. It stresses the need for good sportsmanship
and behavior on the part of all participants in the game. If you see
anything occurring, be sure to nip in early so it does not escalate. Note
his mention of the game administrator. If the GA does not report to you
before the game, a 30 sec tech foul should be assessed and the ball
awarded to the visiting team.

Also, be sure to think about the Bob Patterson Sportsmanship Award that
SWLOA gives at the end of the year. Criteria for it are on our web site.
Use your game reports to highlight good or bad behavior for this award.
Your recommendations are most important when we decide the winner at the
end of the season.


Tom Fitz

The season is well underway and as we wind our way through district play
and to the State Championships, I want to address sportsmanship. There
have been several expulsions this season and a number of reports of poor
sportsmanship on the field and from both sides of the field. Improper
behavior will not be tolerated.

Two roles within THSLL are pivotal in promoting sportsmanship. Please help
both coaches and administrators in your district to know their roles and
encouraging them to use them effectively.

Coaches are role models. As such, they shall always conduct themselves so
as to maintain the highest principles, integrity and dignity of the game
of lacrosse. The coaches must adhere to both the letter and the spirit of
all the rules. It is the coach's responsibility to make sure that all
players understand the rules and their spirit. Despite the pressures on
coaches to win contests, that pressure needs to be kept in balance with
the objective of instilling the highest ideals and character traits in
their players.
Whenever players exhibit unsportsmanlike behavior on their own, it is the
responsibility of the coach to address that behavior and put an end to it.
Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players, which should be

Likewise, the THSLL Team Site Administrator Role sets the standard on the
spectator side of the field. Each team is to have at least one person
designated as a Site Administrator for each home game. This person cannot
be a sideline coach and should not be "working the table". One of the
functions of this role is to address crowd control - both home and away
fans. The Site Administrator should be familiar with and know how to
implement NCAA and THSLL rules regulating improper behavior. A proactive
attitude on the part of the Site Administrator can help to prevent or
curtail improper behavior of fans.

Thank you for your assistance with the crucial matter.

David Hamill
THSLL Commissioner