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RESPONSIBILITIES


Maintain the appropriate level of US Lacrosse training.


Inform timer on length of quarters.


Be available for questions from captains and coaches.


Consult with game administrator and coach before making final decision to continue a game due to weather or other circumstances.


Ensure stricter enforcement of the cross check, illegal body check, checks involving the head/neck, slashing, unnecessary roughness, and unsportsmanlike conduct rules than is common at the high school level.


OFFICIALS


Before the lineup, game officials should meet with both teams to explain any special ground rules, emphasize safety and fair play, and remind players that they must be properly equipped with a mouthpiece in place.


BEST PRACTICES


Officials need to inspect the field of play prior to the game.


Officials will obtain verbal certification from head coaches that all players are legally equipped by rule.


PERSPECTIVES


Officiating is difficult. It is impossible to see every infraction.


The appropriate way to address issues with officials is through your coach or league administration, not during games.


Teach players to be respectful of officials and their calls. Doing so yourself is a great way to accomplish this.


On critical plays, officials may need to take a timeout to confer in order to make the correct call.


Players should never talk to the officals, gameday captains and coaches should address officials.


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