Just a reminder that the Springfield College scrimmages are this coming weekend on Sunday. For officials with less than three years experience these scrimmages are mandatory. Please contact Craig ASAP about your availability.
From Craig: because of persistent icy conditions, the Jamboree will take place on Sunday, March 16. Please let me know your availability for either the morning or the afternoon.
For prep school games. The 2014 NCAA Rules and Mechanics Changes memo has Points of Emphasis, rule changes (e.g. substitution box changed to 20 yards, new stick check rule) and mechanics. This is a 9 page memo that you must be familiar with before your first prep school game this year.
Full 2013-2014 NCAA rule book, revised February 12, 2014.
Here is material from today’s meeting. Just click on the link
Lacrosse High School Exam 2014
Answer Sheet 2014 - Complete and return to Craig or Josh by the first meeting
Eric Evans’ Officiating the crease
Rich Clark WMLOA Rules Overview
Comparison of NCAA Rules to NFHS rules
Concussion test - This must be completed each year before the season begins.
All officials should provide Josh with their hat size by Wednesday at noon. Orders for jackets, hats and knit caps are also due Wednesday at noon
Springfield College high school jamboree on Sunday, March 9 starting at 8:00 AM. This is our opportunity for a preseason tune up and is essential for new officials.
Please update the Arbiter and send Craig your availability sheet.
Dues of $75 for the season were due today. If you have not paid your dues, please contact Randy and arrange payment.
NFHS has a 20 minute video available with points of emphasis for the 2014 season. It’s on the agenda for Sunday’s meeting, but check it out if you have the time
They also have a Youth Lacrosse Interpretation Video
Be sure to see the link to the interpretation memo (posted on January 28) also.
UMass lacrosse is off to a good start with victories over Army and ranked Ohio State. They’re ranked 15 and 14 in two separate polls.
UMass returns to Garber field on Saturday at 1:00 to play Harvard. Come see some good play and some great officiating.
The NFHS has released an Interpretation Memo. These memos contain important notes on new and existing rules for the 2014 season, including clarifications of errors in the rule book.
Clarifications this year include exciting rules like what to do if the ball is stamped “meets NOCSE standard” but does not have the NFHS mark on it. Be sure to check it out.
The Western Massachusetts Lacrosse Officials Association is looking for new officials. Training begins soon, so please contact our Assignor, Craig Brown, or any of our Board members. No previous experience is required.
Craig is asking for Availability Sheets to be returned to him and for everyone to update the contact information and availability in the Arbiter.
Please read the full memo, but below are highlights:
- If you have not paid your dues you should sent them to Joe Nassar.
- Classroom sessions for new officials are open to everyone.
- There will be training field sessions on March 9th and the week of March 17th
- The mandatory preseason clinic will be held on Sunday, March 2 at WNEU.
I know im a little early but the 2014 NFHS video link is below. Please review before the meeting and prepare any questions you may have.
Also the MIAA required concussion video/quiz link is below. Please complete this before the first games. If you have already taken it for this calender school year for another sport you are all set.
Chuck will be taking orders for jackets, shirts and hats at the meeting.
Dues will remain at $75 for this season. Please bring check to meeting or mail to Joe Nassar. Please dont make me or Joe hunt you down. Lack of payment will result in lack of boardmembers gift.
Also keep these dates in mind:
March 2nd Preseason meeting
March 9th Springfield College HS Jamboree for new and less experienced officials.
March 17th—— Williston Lacrosse Camp. We provide services that we use for training