Westfield looking for refs for Bantam games

The Westfield youth program is looking for refs. Please see the email from Josh for more information.

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Gear orders

If you ordered gear from Chuck, please bring a form of payment to tonight’s meeting.  See you there.

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Upcoming meeting 6:30 on Monday Tuesday, April 8 at the Basketball HOF.

From Josh: As a reminder our next meeting will be April 8th at 6:30pm at the Basketball HOF in the theater.  Please make every effort to attend this meeting.

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Watch for cancellations

From Randy “not the President anymore” Milou: At this time of year a lot of games will be getting cancelled, moved, or changed. Please make sure to communicate with each other and also make sure that the referee contacts the site administrator / AD to confirm games status and site at least a day prior to the game.

Communication for all games is essential.  

If you are assigned as the REF, please confirm with the UMP and then confirm with the school.  Don’t wait – contact the school at least 24 hours before the game.  When you contact the school, double check the location and time by telling them what you understand the location and time to be.  The easiest way is to forward the email reminder you get from the Arbiter to the school and ask them to confirm.  Once you have confirmation from the school, email the UMP and tell him when and where you expect to meet before the game.

If you assigned as the UMP, confirm with the REF right away.  Just send an email telling them you are confirming.

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April Fool’s regarding Randy

Yeah, Randy is not the President.  Josh Walts is.  Sure hope he can take a joke (signed, Rich Clark)

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Randy Milou (President) notice about cancellations

Randy Milou wants to remind everyone that he is still President of the Executive Board.

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Season starts tomorrow

The first full games of the season start tomorrow.  Good luck to our brother officials who are assigned games.  If you’re not assigned, come and see some great lacrosse action!  Deerfield vs. Brunswick at 2:30 should be a great game!

West Springfield vs. Shepard Hill 12:00 (JV immediately following)
Deerfield Academy JV vs. Brunswick 12:00
Berkshire School JV vs. Hotchkiss 2:00
Berkshire School Varsity vs. NMH 2:30
Deerfield Academy vs. Brunswick 2:30

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Meeting dates

From Josh: These are mandatory unless you are working a game. Please make every effort to attend as questions and game situations come up during the season.

April 8, 6:30 PM - Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, MA
May 6, 6:30 PM - Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, MA

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Pages updated

I just updated the NFHS and NCAA menus at the top of the page and the pages that they link to.  All information there is now current.  For access to the 2014 NCAA rule book, the 2014 NFHS interpretation memo or other essential documents, please use those menus.

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2014 preseason recap

Please see Rich Clark’s email dated today for details, but here are the highlights

Assignments:

1. Accept your assignments!
2. Turning back games: If you must turn back a game do it quickly.
3. Rain/snow games: Cancellations may come in late and will come by email.
4. The REF must contact all officials on his crew 24 hours before the game

Mechanics:

1. Good two man mechanics requires great communication
2. Review who will do the counts before the game
3. Wing official covers both wings for jumps and their own goal
4. The trail covers late hits.  NEVER miss a late hit.
5. Count ahead for offsides.
6. Know the difference between NCAA and NFHS (see memo)

Rules:

Be sure that you are proficient with the new rules (NCAA NFHS) for the 2014 season.

MIAA exceptions:

12 goal differential in the second half – running clock from then on, regardless of differential change
Time outs – Team with possession in offensive half or dead ball

Game reports:

Game reports are required in the event of an ejection or disqualification.

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