Official needed at Soccer City in Wilbraham

We are looking for a Ref for tomorrow at soccer city from 9 am to 1.

Please have them reach out to Greg at soccer city his number is 413-209-0906

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Meeting Monday, April 13

From Rich:

I wanted to touch base and remind all that our next meeting is this Monday night, April 13….the meeting will be at the Basketball Hall of Fame, in the Theater.
I would like to start the meeting at 6:30 sharp…..and lets plan on around a 1 hour meeting, and out the door for 7:30.
Please – anyone that has not handed in their HS Tests…please get in to Randy….
Here is the agenda we will cover:
a. MIAA/PVIAC Rules Review – differences, other areas.
b. Game Review – quick update on the games to date.
c. Conduct Fouls/Unsportsmanship fouls – already a few coaches/players are pushing the envelope…lets be consistent as a group on how we call.
d. Preventive Officiating – We will look a situations on the field where we can head off an ugly situation or fouls…look at examples.
e. Situations – please take a look at the questions/situations that George has put together….these are all real situations….we will go over..discuss how we handle.
e. Misc – other business
### Time permitting, we will watch some “you make the call” videos from the US Lax Library and other areas.
Good luck this weekend,
Maybe shorts finally,
SITUATIONS – from George – Please keep in mind what ruling / AR these questions fall under, for discussion at meeting.a. Situation 1 – Team B commits a Loose Ball Push – Play On –  the ball remains on the ground – Team A player come in and cross-checks team B player while ball still loose – Flag Down – what happens next? Who goes in the Box?
b. Situation 2 – Team A commits a Slash – Flag Down – ball does not hit the ground in attack box (HS) or anywhere (NCAA), and Team B slashes Team A – ball still has not touched the ground – What do you do next?
c. Situation 3 – Team B Attack moves behind Team A goal, makes a move, and comes around goal and fires shot – Ball goes in goal – in the act of finishing his shot, the Team B players’ Glove comes off – what do you have, Goal or No Goal – Why? Same play, and the player Shoots and the Head of his Stick Flys off, and the ball goes in – Goal, No Goal?
d. Situation 4 – loose ball outside the crease, attackman hits goal’ s stick ? What do you have – what is the mechanic ?  Ball loose,  inside the crease , attackman hits goalie ‘s stick – what is the mechanic?
e. Situation 5 – shot on goal – ball bounces off goalie then lands outside the crease – defense gains possession of the ball – is the legally checked with the ball and his foot touches the crease.
What do you have -Give mechanic with ruling.

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MIAA time outs

From Rich:
Starting with all games today, Time Outs will be granted to the Team With possession ANYWHERE on the field….this is strictly High School…it does not change anything at the Prep School Games playing NCAA rules.
Please review this with Coaches during certification….be sure they know rule change.
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Approved by the Executive Board on September 11, 2014




1. To be drawn by conference appointed schedule-makers according to league alignment and play formulas.


1. Will follow Varsity schedule.
2. If a school knows in advance that it will be unable to field a JV team for the season or for any given games(s), it must notify opponent in writing as soon as possible.


1. Home school responsibility to notify visiting school at earliest possible time.
2. Game is to be rescheduled on the next playable school day provided a site is suitablefor play.


1. Starting times for conference assigned contests is 3:30 unless mutually agreed upon.
2. Schools must notify opponents and officials if starting times cannot be met.


1. Refer to PVIAC Directory
2. Home school responsibility to notify opponents of any change.


1. Varsity 12 minute quarters.
2. J.V. 12 minute quarters.


1. All teams play under National Federation Rules unless modified by MIAA Blue Book guidelines. Mercy Rule: (Federation) Start running time in 3rd period.


1. As specified by sport rules.


1. The home team shall wear white or light and the away team shall wear dark.


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PVIAC/MIAA reminders

a. PVIAC Mercy Rule – thus far, we have had 2 blow out games that have required us to initiate the MIAA/PVIAC 12 goal Mercy Rule. At the Rules Clinic, we did communicate the Mercy Rule starts at the beginning of the 3rd quarter, and regardless of the Goal Differential, the Game Clock continues to run……THE PVIAC RULING HAS CHANGED THIS YEAR…. a Coach on the losing end has voiced to us that the PVIAC changed the ruling, and will follow the National Federation Rules…..I have researched this….coach is Correct….the Federation rule 3/1/2 states that “After the First Half, any time the score differential reaches 12 goals or more, starting with the whistle resuming play, the clock will only be stopped for a team time out, officials time out, or an injury time out. Should the score differential be reduced to fewer that 12 goals, then normal play will resume”. This DOES NOT apply to prep school games playing NCAA rules. PVIAC Spring Changes for Boys Lacrosse below.
Hence, slight change to last year……if you get to a 12 goal differential in the 2nd half, please be sure the clock operators know the procedure.
Any questions, please email back.
b. Game Attire – Guys, when you are on the field, with a partner, you are a team representing WMLOA. Lets please be sure we take some pride in our appearance on the field. If your partner is wearing long black pants, then you should as well. Same on the shirts… should both have either Long Sleeve or Short sleeve on…as well, take a look at your shirts, and lets please try and have the WMLOA Patches on our sleeves…..if you need patches, please contact Josh. Coaches and Players do notice right away if the officials look sharp….first impressions are key……the Referee on the game will always make the final decision on attire. We have not had any issues, I am just mentioning this as when we start many of these games, you may have back to back games on Grass Fields…..and you WILL get Muddy….get home, clean it all up… ready for the next game.
Remember to email any situations to George Shaheen so he can post for all to read.
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Clinic follow up

From Rich:

Good morning, all,
I wanted to touch base and thank all for coming down to the HS Clinic yesterday.
We packed an awful lot into a short window, and hopefully everybody feels more comfortable with the rules and mechanics we are looking to use for 2015.
A couple of quick things that I wanted to touch base on:
a. First, Great News……Congratulations to Randy and his wife for the birth of Baby #2…..Avery Ryann Milou, she was born 3/23 at 3:35am, 7lbs, 5oz – everyone is doing great.
b. Second, Meeting Dates – I have looked through the PVIAC Game schedules, and the dates I would like to schedule our next HS meetings are as follows:
 1. Monday April 13 – see below…..we have 3 games that day, all starting at 4:00. I am guessing that we should be able to get a good turn-out, though I do know Monday are still Youth Days.   The focus on the 13th meeting will be Game Films, looking at situations…..please try and keep this day reserved for our meeting….if you are unable to make meetings, you are required to email Randy or myself to notify us.
 2. Tuesday May 5 – Again, this is a very light day for PVIAC Games, with 4 games being played, and all starting at 4:00, thus lets plan this date.
I will finalize the meeting sites as we get closer.
Please be sure all have taken the Concussion Course, and have gotten in your HS Exam answers to get certified.
Games are going to be released soon….lets please try and accept these games right away so Craig can make the adjustments to schedules asap.
Expect games to be moved, canceled, etc…..this time of the year, you should be checking Arbiter frequently.
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2015 exam. Concussion certification.

The month of March and spring lacrosse is right around the corner.  You need no more evidence than this email from Rich:

As all know, LAX season is starting, with a full slate of College Games on the docket……High School and Prep School games are not far behind.
A couple things we wanted to follow up on:
(a.) The 2015 High School Lacrosse Exam…..also the NFHS Boys 2015 Rule Changes Memo approved by the committee, printed from Lax Power…and 2015 NFHS rules clarification.
Please complete the exam by the 3/22 and bring it to the clinic. Some of you may have already taken the HS Exam….if so, you do not need to take again.
You can take the exam one of 2 ways:
  a. Print test, circle your answer – hand in to either myself or Randy at the clinic.
  b. Save the test on your hard drive, re-open, then go through and high-light your answers, and save…..once completed, please email to Randy or I…..we will grade them, and hand in the completed list to Craig.
Please note – to be certified by the MIAA, you are required to complete an exam. It is open book….again, lets get the all in by 3/22, or hand in at clinic. I know the College Guys have completed the NCAA rules exam….we would ask that you go through and do the HS exam as well…..thanks
## Note – I know some of you will ask about the new Rule Books…..if you don’t have one, you will get these at the clinic…..please use last years books for the exam….and follow the rules changes memos attached.
(b.) Concussion Certification – all officials need to have completed the NFH concussion course in order to officiate in the state of MA. If you completed this course in the Fall, you are not required to re-take in the spring.
The course is free… takes about 20 minutes. If you have already taken in the Fall, please let Randy or I know at the clinic so we can include in the summary to Craig….if not, please sit down and watch it.
(c). Key dates to be sure you have on your schedule:
  1. SUNDAY March 22 – Mandatory Clinic – WNU – 9:00 to 12:30
  2. SUNDAY March 15 – Springfield College Jamboree – Times will be forth coming.
  3. Thursday March 19 through Sunday March 22 – Williston Academy Pre-Season Camp/Games – 2 games every day.

We will be emailing out requests for Availability soon for both the Springfield College and Williston events, and ask for folks to sign up….lets all sign up for as much Pre-Season Work as we can, and enter the season ready to go.


(d) The Arbiter – once again, we will be using the Arbiter as our scheduling tool…….PLEASE – everyone log on to Arbiter, plug in any BLOCK dates you have, and THEN – VERY IMPORTANT – click Ready to be Assigned.

Craig will be getting the schedules in the next 3-4 weeks, and he cannot assign you games unless you click this….as well,PLEASE go to your profile, and update your Email address and Cell Phone Number. With all the snow we have had, there are bound to be cancellations, re-schedules, etc. Don’t be the one that says “I never got contacted” only to find out the email or cell number you have in your profile is wrong…please check it.


That’s it….email back or call with questions.

Stay safe and warm,


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Mandatory 2015 rules clinic date change

a. The Mandatory 2015 Rules Clinic, originally scheduled for Sunday March 15, has been moved to Sunday March 22.
b. The location will be Western New England University – Coffee and Muffins, etc. will be served starting at 8:30.
c. For planning purposes, please plan we will be starting promptly at 9:00, and we should be completed by 12:00.
d. To help all as you prepare for your season, you can spend a few minutes and watch the National Federation High School Video below.
e. Also attached is the 2015 Rule Changes memo/Points of Emphasis…please take a look through this…we will review at Clinic.

About 50 Days until the first official High School game….and there will be scrimmages prior.

Get the body in motion, start getting into the Rule book, and lets be ready to go day 1!

As well, if you haven’t done already, please log into your Arbiter, check ready to be assigned, and put in your Blocks if you have previous commitments you know about. As well, please double check your profile, and be sure your Phone Numbers and E-Mail addresses are correct…..this is how you get games……be sure they are updated.

NHF Boys Lacrosse Rules Changes 2015

NFHS Rules Interpretation video for 2015

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Opening year rules meeting – from Rick Clarke

Good morning, all,
I hope all are doing well entering 2015.
I wanted to be sure everyone had a confirmed date for this years mandatory Rules Clinic. This year, we will be have our clinic on Sunday March 15……please lock this date into your calendars.  More information on the clinic will be forth coming….we are planning to meet again at Western New England University.
We also are at the point of the year when we begin training for new officials, and our board is always interested in getting good, new candidates involved.  If any of you know anyone that may have an interest in officiating LAX in 2015, please email back and we can reach out.
FYI, we are around 60 days away from the 1st round of High school scrimmages and games………our first real game to be assigned is just 78 days away, March 26.
This is the time to begin starting to think about getting your body in motion, and trying to get your legs in shape and ready for the season. The better you prepare prior to the season, the better your chance to stay healthy.
Some of you do second sports in the winter, which is a great place to stay fit…..the key…try and get some consistent run/walk time in each week….
Also keep in mind that one of our biggest concerns every year is injuries….and most injuries that we all get are either in our lower legs (Achilles, Calfs) or Hamstrings.  Stretching is a key preventative measure here. As there are many different ways to stretch, I attached examples of some of the most important stretching exercises you can do on a regular basis to prepare your legs to begin running/walking and to get your muscles stretched out heading into the season.
Take a look at these and I hope they give you some good ideas……if you have any questions on these, please call or email back.
We are looking forward to seeing all soon……please email back any questions.
Happy new year…..think LAX,
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Hall of Fame banquet will honor and Craig Brown and Bill Togneri.

As all know, the 2015 High School LAX season is fast approaching, and before we know it, we will be on the field.
One very special event is taking place on Wed. Jan 14.
The Western MA. US Lacrosse chapter is honoring 10 individuals into the Hall of Fame, and as you can see, 2 brother officials are being so honored, Craig Brown and Bill Togneri. Both of these individuals have had very strong impacts on many of our Officiating Careers, and have dedicated themselves to the game of Lacrosse. Congratulations to both of them….very well deserved!
He is asking for an RSVP for planning purposes, so please email Bob if you plan to attend. The RSVP is Jan. 2 (apologize for getting this out late), thus if you plan to go, please get in touch with Bob ASAP.
All the best, and I look forward to seeing all soon,
Happy Holidays! Please spread the word!
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