Monthly Archives: October 2013

Rabbit Ears


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.

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New Youth Officials Training Class January 19

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

Absorbing Hits And Falling Down

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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New 2014 Rules Changes

nfhsNineteen 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 Continue reading