Monthly Archives: December 2013

26 New Training Videos!

I posted almost thirty new training videos on the GLOA YouTube Channel in two- and three-man mechanics.

As Greg wrote about in his Pre-Season Preparation post you’ve got to get mentally prepared for the new lacrosse season. You’ve got to study the rulebook, but you also have to have your mechanics down cold. These videos will help you in your pre-season self study.

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Now is the Time: Pre-Season Preparation

day-oneFootball has wrapped up, basketball is winding down, the holidays are a blur and BOOM:  Lacrosse season is here.  It sneaks up on us every year. But being ready for the season is key to having a successful year as an official.  If you want be regarded as a top official, now is the time to prepare.  As of today there are only 60 days until the first game and you have a lot to do. Here are some tips to make this year a great one so you are ready on day 1. Continue reading

Re-certification for US Lacrosse Officials January 26

USLAXPATCH ALO is holding a re-certification clinic for US Lacrosse officials on January 26 in Decatur.  This is one of the steps needed to retain your status.  The class is free. Continue reading

Focus, Focus, Focus, and Have Fun

It took me three years to understand the importance of perception for a lacrosse official. I started officiating for the GLOA in 2008 at twenty years old. For most of my first season I was primarily assigned JV games. Towards the end of that season my assignor threw me a few low-tier Varsity games with experienced officials to help guide me along. In my second season I reffed a 50/50 mix of JV and Varsity games, but I wanted more competitive and more challenging games. In order to do that I had to get better and I had to take officiating more seriously. Continue reading