>>> But I'd like to know what referees in youth games are calling.
> >> I ref mostly teenage games U14 to U19 and what I do is warn them if
> >> step on the line and call it if the foot of their standing leg is out
> >> the box when they kick the ball.
> >I hope they're calling it about as much as they called the 4 step rule,
> >What you describe is trifling.
> >Jeff Stern
> OK, if what I've described is trifling, what do you call, if anything?
> full step out of the box, two, three, never?
See other postings.
As a guideline, if you're CR and up the field, and you see the GK come out
and wonder "gee, he might went over the line", then don't call it. But next
time you're down in that end and the ball is dead, be sure to mention it to
the GK "make sure you and the ball stay in the PA on those punts". Nothing
more than this is required. And yes, I am a fan of preventative officiating.
On the other hand, if you're upfield and you see the GK come out and you
think "Holy Geez, he came right out of the PA!!" then call it - because if
you've had that reaction, he must have blown right by the line. When it
becomes that apparent, then the GK is deserving of the call. As my non-Amish
dad would say, "serves him bloody right".