MLUA ADVANCED TRAINING NOTES
Below are some general reminders for the High School game.
Rule Changes 2019
- To be updated
- Getting to the game early. Lots to do!
- Dressed appropriately when coming to the field.
- Have long & short sleeve jerseys, pants ready. Black everything. You should all have the same uniform.
- Greet timekeepers. You are all on the same team. Review card procedures, stop time, running time. After a goal, clock shouldn’t stop until we signal the goal.
- Run captains/coaches meeting and stick checks in a timely manner. 10 & 5 minutes before game time.
- Captains meeting should not last more than a few minutes. No need to keep them there for extended period.
- Remaining calm during the game.
- Good communication with coaches. Number two complaint about lacrosse umpires.
- Dressed appropriately when you leave the field.
- We all need to do better. Number one complaint about lacrosse umpires.
- Big stadium signals are needed. Not only for players, for coaches and fans too.
- Stand. After you blow your whistle, you are now on display. Walking looks too informal.
- Slow down. Blow whistle, wait a brief moment and then start your signals.
- Direction, signal, direction. What Is the purpose of this? Answer: communication with partner and others.
- Shooting space. Maybe making this call from by restraining line but remain still. Hold that signal for little longer.
Rules Interpretation Video – can find on Central Hub
Calling fouls that aren't fouls
- Use verbiage from the book if you need to verbally explain your call to players or coaches.
- Not a foul: Playing the ball between the legs, unless you deem it is dangerous
- Not a foul: Upward stick check
- Not a foul: Empty stick check when the ball is on the ground being pushed by player.
- Not a foul: Attempting stick check and following through to the ground.
- Not a foul: Checking from behind
- Not a foul: Body Ball unintentional
Carding Players / Coaches
- We will back you 100%.
- Not enough cards are given out.
- Need to keep the play safe for the players.
- #1 thing to remember: Stay Calm. "You need to remain calm when no one else is"
- Witnessed wrong way: Very stressed out umpire, raising voice, reprimanding players harshly, chaotic tone. Things just got worse.
- Witnessed correct way: Very calm umpire, almost matter-of-fact. Communicates to everyone involved that the umpires are in control and are confident in their decision. Reeled game back in.
Shooting Space Issues
- Need to read and understand the shooting space section in your policy manual. Lists shooting space calls to be made vs shooting space calls not to be made.
- Ask for any questions for the class and address those.
- Otherwise, go to the manual and pull up examples.
2 person mechanics -- Areas of responsibility. Who makes the call?
3 person mechanics -- Areas of responsibility. Who makes the call?
- Restraining line handoff, attack offside when shorthanded – setup and go
- Re-start play
- Cardable fouls out of area
- Get into your rule book and manual. Be proactive. Don't wait for things to happen on the field before you know what the rule is.
- Start working out now. Don't wait for your first game to realize you need to drop a few pounds. Injuries can happen (especially to us older folks) when we just try to start running/sprinting with no prior conditioning. We Need You Healthy!