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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 fi nal 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 offi cials 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


Offi cials need to inspect the fi eld of play prior to the game.


Offi cials will obtain verbal certifi cation from head coaches that all players are legally equipped by rule.


PERSPECTIVES


Offi ciating is diffi cult. It is impossible to see every infraction.


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


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


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


On game day captains and coaches should address the offi cials, but players can ask questions if they do so in a respectful manner.


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