NFHS & US Lacrosse Youth Tests Online!

Unfortunately there have been a number of issues with the US Lacrosse tests being housed on the Arbiter website. We have placed both online tests to the ALO website  and will handle sending passing scores to US Lacrosse while they figure out their technical issues. Continue reading

10 Tips for Better Game Management

As an official you have three responsibilities: keep the game safe, keep the game fair and to act in a professional manner.  The difficult part comes when you make a necessary and appropriate safety or fairness call and one sideline rants and raves. Maintaining your cool when the crowd is booing, players are grumbling and coaches are complaining is not easy. Knowing the rules, being in the right spot, looking professional are all well and good, but what you need in these situations are solid game management skills.  Here are ten tips to help you to better manage a game: Be professional, in the right spot, focused, quiet, open, calm, brief, quick, humble and in control.

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Summer New Officials & Re-certification Class Date & Time TBD

ALO plans to hold a new officials class as well as a re-certification class at the end of the 2014 season.  Dates and times to be announced. Please check back for details.   Continue reading

Mental Prep Work

I think officiating boils down to one major attribute: the ability to stay focused for an extended period of time. The youth officials I’ve trained laugh when I tell them that they are getting paid to pay attention, but that is an accurate observation about what officiating is. I’ve been in games where I mentally blinked, or started daydreaming and suddenly I’ve got a player moaning on the ground with no clue how he got there. I felt bad knowing that I probably missed a major safety violation because I was not paying attention to the game in front of me. After evaluating how I lost my focus I concluded that my game preparation contributed to my hazy mental state in the game, and I resolved to find a way to get focused as an official.

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Two Field Training Opportunities 3/23

ALO will be holding a field training on Sunday March 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm and 4 pm at the new North Atlanta High School  4111 Northside Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30327.

There are3 spots remaining for the 2:30 game.

There are 4 spots remaining for the 4 pm game.

This field training is available only to those who completed the training class in Decatur on January 19 who have completed their online test and webinar.

Please email me at ATL.LacrosseRef@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

First come, first served. 

Dead Ball Officiating: “When the ball is dead, be alive!”

TOOne of the biggest mistakes newer official make is to assume that once the play is over,their job is done. Almost all of our training is geared towards identifying fouls and positioning on the field during play.  However, what truly separates the  rookies from the veterans is the attention and focus during a dead ball.  Here are some tips for making yourself a better dead ball official: be aware where you are in the game, keep the game moving, anticipate what needs to be done and stay focused! Continue reading