US Lacrosse Level 1 training is targeted at officials with little or no experience in officiating men’s lacrosse. The goal of the training is to introduce the basic rules and mechanics necessary to facilitate a safe and fair game. While the participants attend an eight hour class and a field training, the amount of information covered is massive. Few adults, let alone high school students can absorb everything that is literally thrown at them. In order to improve, new officials must review their rule books and mechanics manual, review situations, ask questions, and work games. As I tell all my students, this course is the beginning of your training; by no means is it the end. With that in mind, ALO has made the all four ALO Training PowerPoint presentations available on the Presentations page to review on your own. In addition you can find the US lacrosse Youth Rules as well as Two and Three Man Mechanics presentations.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at ATL.LacrosseRef@gmail.com.
My high school coach had a saying: “I don’t care if you make a mistake. So long as you make it going a million miles an hour.” He could not get angry at us if we screwed up as long as we were hustling and running our hardest. This same principle applies to officiating at every level of the game. If coaches see you lazily walking to your position they will make several assumptions. One of the assumptions is that the official on the game does not care about the game. Once that thought is in the coach’s mind, the official will have a difficult time extricating that assumption. Continue reading
The following notes are geared towards officials in a three-man crew, but there are also many general officiating comments and mechanics observations that will serve any official well. The following list was put together by Don Balch and Sean Murphy:
I am roughly two weeks removed from the Vail LAREDO, and I want to go back! I got to work with great officials from all around the country, and was lucky to have Don Balch and Sean Murphy as the clinicians. Helping Don and Sean were crew chiefs Joe Cronin, Dale Hall, Hank Friedman, and Tim Markham. The crew chiefs did a fantastic job of managing the games, while simultaneously critiquing and advising my fellow campers and myself. Don and Sean put together the following comments after Day 1, which are observations and evaluations things that at least one official did during the games: Vail 2012 LAREDO – General Comments. Feel free to download this document to read at your leisure.