Boys Referee Training Resumes in the Fall

zebra150As the spring season is underway, all of our trainers are working youth, high school and college games; often times 5-7 to seven days a week.  This makes holding training classes and field training very difficult.  Summer leagues are most often elite or high level travel teams that necessitate experienced adult officials and so no field trainings opportunities are available.

ALO will resume new youth official classes for Boys lacrosse this fall.

Please check back here and on our facebook page for more details.

2016 Tests and Rules Video Now Available

nfhsAll US Lacrosse officials should take BOTH the NFHS and Youth tests.  Officials re-certifying should pass with at least an 80+. More information on the re-certification process can be found here. The NFHS Rules Interpretation Video is also available and may be found below. Continue reading

New USL Webinar: Boys Rules and Penalty Online Course

ONLINE CertAll participants in the referee clinic must complete the Boys Rules and Penalty Online Course or what we at ALO call the webinar, prior to attending the classroom session.  The online webinar is free and available to US lacrosse members through their new US Lacrosse Learning Management System.  The webinar teaches fundamental lacrosse rules and penalties through diagrams, video and interactive instruction. This course is exclusively available and FREE to US Lacrosse members. Continue reading

Boys Youth Lacrosse Official Training 2/13 and 2/20: CLASS is FULL

maylalogoALO in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Association and the Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association (GLOA)  is holding a  boys youth lacrosse officials certification clinic on February 13 and 20. registration closes February 5.

CLASS IS FULL

Email me at ATL.LacrosseRef@gmail.com to be placed on a wait list. Continue reading

Setting Expectations before the First Whistle

We have all heard it before; communication is an essential skill that a referee must develop in order to be successful: be a people person! Listen! Match energy levels! Take charge! But what exactly does all that mean? How does one learn how to do it?  As a referee you must realize that your goal is not to control a game but to manage it and that means, managing people.  That is managing player, coaches, table personnel, fans, parents, and even fellow officials.  Often, I hear officials say that they clearly and concisely communicated what they wanted, but the coach or player just would not listen.  And so began a chain of events that lead to rising tension, an outburst, a penalty, a fight and an ejection.
letmeexplainOfficials often equate communication skills as coming into play once a conflict or crisis has started.  They regale us with stories of how they swooped in and took charge or expound on how they defused the situation with their charm and calm demeanor. Continue reading