I.                  Video Examples of Boys' Lacrosse Fouls (Note: Just click on anything below that is underlined to see a short video clip showing examples of the most common lacrosse fouls.  Clicking on the name of the foul will bring up a summary video for that foul.  For example, clicking on the word "Cross-checking" in Item # A.1 below will bring up a short, narrated video clip explaining the cross-checking foul.  The duration of the video clip is listed in parentheses.  Thus, the "cross-checking" video lasts three minutes and 54 seconds in total.  Each foul's individual video clips can also be viewed one at a time by clicking the blue or yellow hyperlinked letters.)  If the name of the foul is not highlighted in pink, a summary video has not been made yet.  The purpose of these videos is to explain the fouls and why the action is a foul.  The purpose of these videos is NOT to explain how much penalty time should be assessed and at which playing level.

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A.                Personal Fouls (1-, 2-, or 3-minute penalty; and possible ejection from the game)

1.                Cross-checking (3:54) - a, b, c, d, e, f

2.                Illegal Body-Checking (1:33) - a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l

3.                Checks Involving the Head/Neck or Defenseless Player (see below)

4.                Illegal Crosse - <no video examples; look in the rulebook>

5.                Use of Illegal Equipment - <no video examples; look in the rulebook

6.                Slashing (9:44) - a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v

7.                Tripping (3:40) – a, b, c, d, e, f

8.                Unnecessary Roughness (5:53) - a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j

9.                Unsportsmanlike Conduct (4:39) - a, b, c, d, e

10.            Fighting (6:01) - a, b, c, d

B.                Technical Fouls (award possession of the ball or assess a 30-second penalty)

1.                Crease Violation/Goalkeeper Interference (10:34) - a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p

2.                Holding (8:38) - a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r

3.                Illegal Offensive Screening (3:58) - a, b, c, d, e, f, g

4.                Illegal Procedure (more than 25 different kinds of infractions; see a short sub-listing below)

5.                Conduct Foul (3:15) - a

6.                Interference (1:42) - a, b, c, d

7.                Offside (2:22) - a, b, c, d

8.                Pushing (13:12) - a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z, aa, ab, ac, ad

9.                Stalling and Failure to Advance (6:03) - a, b, c

10.           Warding Off (1:04) - a, b

11.           Withholding Ball from Play (2:14) - a, b

II. Rule Change videos

  • NCAA Rule Change Videos by Tim Bohdan (2:09:15 in total, see the two videos and the marked up copy of the NCAA rulebook below.)
    • Changes to Rules 1-4 (1:10:38) - <LINK
    • Changes to Rules 5-7 and Appendices (58:37) - <LINK>
    • Copy of Tim's marked up version of the 2021-2022 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Rulebook - <LINK>
  • NFHS Rule Changes Video (14:03) - <LINK>
  • US Lacrosse Youth Rule Changes Video (13:28) - <LINK>

III.                  Video Examples of Lacrosse Situations and Officiating Philosophy (Note: Just click on anything below that is underlined to see a detailed video clip showing how to handle or understand common lacrosse situations)

  • Restarts:

  1. Offensive Player Too Close (4:28) recorded on 10/26/2020 
  2. Defensive Player Too Close (Example #1) (3:22) recorded on 10/26/2020 
  3. Defensive Player Too Close (Example #2) (4:45) recorded on 10/26/2020 
  4. Other restart topics 
  1. Officiating Accuracy video (32:13) recorded on 2/21/2021  
  2. Officiating Accuracy white paper (42 pages) posted on 2/18/2021 
  1. Active Officiating - Part 1 (1:27:58) recorded on 4/22/2021 
  2. Active Officiating - Part 2 (1:18:07) recorded on 4/27/2021 
  • Proper signaling (audible and verbal) 

  • Advanced faceoff techniques and tips (e.g., down-set-whistle) 

  • Fighting, Flagrant Misconduct, and Expulsions/Ejections (49:47) recorded on 12/07/2020

  • Simultaneous Fouls and Penalty Enforcement (32:51) recorded on 2/16/2021 

  • Stacked Penalties (4:32) recorded on 1/29/2021 

  • Penalties that commence on the same tick of the clock 

  • Officiating metaphors, guiding principles, ethos, philosophy, and catchphrases, e.g., "Don't break into jail" or "Don't trouble trouble."

  • Coach requests a stick check (Note: this always requires a full equipment inspection) 

  • Common sense lacrosse officiating

  • Common sense assigning (by the game assigners), hints and tips, considerations, etc.

  • How to Officiate Multiple Stimuli Plays (23:09) recorded on 4/05/2021

  • Officiating mindset - fixed mindset versus growth mindset

  • Timeouts (54:52) recorded on 11/23/2020

  • High Traffic Areas (45:25) recorded on 3/26/2021

  1. Offside (tips, what to look for; how to spot it) 
  2. Officiating the 10-man ride 
  3. Substitutions (delayed or not) 
  4. Counting of long crosses (on each trip up the field) 
  5. Counting quickly by subitizing