Fall Youth Lacrosse Officials Training, September 6 in Decatur

ALO is pleased to announce our first training for the Fall.  The class will be held September 6 at the the Decatur Recreation Center located at 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030.  The class will run from  9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Please plan to arrive at least ten minutes early in order to check in and get settled.

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Space is limited. To register for the September 6th class, please fill out the online registration form.

Cost of the New Officials Training is $40. Participants must be at least 14 years of age.

Students will receive a a copy of the 2014 Rules Book, the 2014 Training Guide, a pre-game sheet, Fox 40 finger whistle, penalty flag and a US Lacrosse Officials patch upon completion of all requirements.

There will be a short break for lunch and there are numerous options within walking distance of the center.

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Youth Official Certification

US Lacrosse provides training, certification and insurance for youth and adult officials.  You can read about the steps needed to complete in order to begin working games here on the US Lacrosse website: Men’s Training and Certification Process.
For those under 18 years of age, there are essentially five steps that one must complete in order to become a certified US Lacrosse Official.
 us lax logo 1. Be a registered member of US Lacrosse.
 ONLINE 2. Complete the Online US Lacrosse Men’s Officiating Webinar  Note:  print out certificate of completion and bring to class.
 peachwhite 3. Attend the In-Person Class with ALO.
 2014rules 4. Pass the both the NFHS Rules Test and US Lacrosse Youth Test online.For more information on the tests, please review this guide.
 penalty-flag2.jpg 5. Work a Field Training with ALO or you may arrange with ALO to work with an approved trainer in your area.

USLAXPATCHALO offers classes and field training throughout the year. The cost for new officials training is $40.  Students receive a a copy of the latest NFHS Rules Book, US Lacrosse Training Guide, a youth pre-game sheet, Fox 40 finger whistle, penalty flag and a US Lacrosse Officials patch upon completion of all requirements.

Annual Re-Certification

Once an official has become an official, they are still required to re-certify every season. Officials must attend a free rules and mechanics clinic and pass the youth and NFHS rules test.   ALO offers these clinics in the spring.

If you have ANY questions, please contact Greg Hite at ATL.LacrosseRef@gmail.com or Gordon Corsetti GordonCorsetti@gmail.com.

Taking Advantage of Several Games in a Row

I officiated 31 games in 10 days while working the youth and men’s club festival games in Denver, Colorado. I officiated every age level from U11 to 55+, and worked nearly all of the games with partners I had never worked with before. The sheer amount of games gave me a great opportunity to work on two adjustments to my officiating:

  1. A more relaxed flag throwing motion for less flag height
  2. A single, strong whistle to stop play

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Bring Backups

I have backups for my backups. Extra whistles, extra flags, extra scorecards, extra pencils. You name it I’ve got it stocked in a verifiable Honig’s shop in the back of my hatchback. My very first scrimmage ever back in 2008 I pulled into the school parking lot and met the assigned referee. I thought I had everything I needed, but after looking into his car I realized I only had the bare minimum of supplies needed. Seeing the shocked expression on my face my partner told me he accumulated all of his extra gear after many seasons, and if I stuck with officiating I would have a similar collection. That wound up being  a very true prediction.

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New Official’s Training : Two Classes in September

TOUnfortunately, due to a lack of field training opportunities, ALO will be unable to hold a class for new officials this summer.  However, we plan to hold two classes in the first two weeks of September with multiple field training dates throughout the fall season.  We are looking to do a class in Decatur and one in Cobb  County. Once classroom sites are confirmed we will get the registration site up and running.  

For those who still need to complete their Field Training, we will have an online registration for fall dates.  ONLY this officials who have registered with USL, completed the webinar and taken and passed the tests will be allowed to sign up, so make sure you have your ducks in a row!

Please feel free to contact us at ATL.LacrosseRef@gmail.com