ALO is pleased to announce training dates for the Spring 2014 season. We will host a Training Class for new officials on January 19 at the at the Decatur Recreation Center located at 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030. The class will run from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The class is one of a number of steps required to become a certified US Lacrosse official. You can view the requirements for becoming an official at the end of this post.
Space is limited. To register for the January 19 class, please fill out the online registration form. New Officials Training costs $40. Continue reading
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I woke up on the second morning of the Vail, Colorado 2012 LAREDO 3 clinic, and as I’m eating a delightful meal of pancakes in comes one of the LAREDO 3 clinicians, Sean Murphy. Since my assigned crew chief was unable to ref that day due to a bad illness Sean was stepping up to fill his place so we had a full three-man crew for the first game of the day. I was starting on my second pancake when Sean told me, “Gordon you are the Referee of our crew for today.” I almost choked on the pancake.
When I started officiated I knew nothing about it beyond my regular critiques of professional sports officials on TV. When I first stepped onto the field I thought it was my job to catch every infraction that occurred and to correct bad behavior from players, coaches and fans. Some very good officials at the GLOA saw some promise in me and quickly stepped in with some useful advice. Mainly they wanted me to worry less about what was said to me and worry more about the safety calls in front of me.
I spent almost six years training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing at at martial arts academy that taught everyone the fundamental techniques in self-defense. You may be surprised to find out that most introductory self-defense classes start with the lesson on how to fall down. The reason for that is simple: It is very difficult to defend yourself if an assailant pushes you over and you crack your head on the concrete. You’ll be disoriented, in pain, and unable to focus on the beat down you are about to experience. That is why learning to fall down is a valuable skill, especially for sports officials.
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Nineteen rules changes for the 2014 Boys Lacrosse season were approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Boys Lacrosse Rules Committee. These include major changes to substitutions, faceoffs, penalty enforcement, body checks, as well as a recommendation that three officials be used on all games. The changes are summarized below.
If you have any questions regarding the new rules please contact either Gordon or myself. The official Rules Interpreter for contests in Georgia is Ryan Rowe, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading
ALO is pleased to announce training dates for the 2014 season. We will host a Training Class for new officials on October 6, 2013. In addition we will hold a new officials training on January 19 and a Re-certification Class on January 26. All classes will be held at the at the Decatur Recreation Center located at 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030. The classes will run from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Space is limited. To register for the October class, please fill out the online registration form. New Officials Training costs $40. The re-certification is Free. Registration information for the re-certifcation class will be emailed to all current US Lacrosse officials.
See the requirements for becoming an official at the end of this post.
I’m used to being on my feet sprinting and jogging for hours at a time in sweltering Georgia heat during a summer lacrosse tournament. I thought I was in fairly decent shape, but twenty minutes into a SOPTI (Sports Officials Physical Training Institute) workout quickly purged that thought. After twenty minutes, half of which was a warm-up, I was on my hands and knees trying to get more air into my lungs while bright spots lit up in front of my eyes. Ten minutes later I was hurling over the side of the fence.
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Here’s the link to the new rule changes for NFHS 2014 Boys’ Lacrosse - http://www.laxpower.com/laxnews/news.php?story=35972&page=1
So what do these rule changes mean for those of us under federation rules? I’m going to dig into each rule change and see what we are in for in 2014.
During the first day of games at the Vail LAREDO 3 I was working with another trainee and our crew chief, Tim Markham. Tim gave me one of the best pieces of officiating advice I had ever received when we were off the field during a lightning delay. As soon as we suspended the game Tim made a beeline for the nearest covered building. My partner and I waited under the tent for a few minutes to get our gear situated and then went over to where Tim was standing. Tim told us that if we, as the game officials, did not seek cover in a lighting delay we were not being good examples to the players, coaches or parents. He impressed upon me that it was my job to always put safety first and lead by example.
I follow very few hard and fast rules when I officiate. I prefer to maintain a high level of adaptability and flexibility so I can appropriately handle whatever situation comes my way. One of the hard rules I follow is that I do not respond to statements from coaches.
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