Monthly Archives: March 2014

Summer New Officials & Re-certification Class Date & Time TBD

ALO plans to hold a new officials class as well as a re-certification class at the end of the 2014 season.  Dates and times to be announced. Please check back for details.   Continue reading

Mental Prep Work

I think officiating boils down to one major attribute: the ability to stay focused for an extended period of time. The youth officials I’ve trained laugh when I tell them that they are getting paid to pay attention, but that is an accurate observation about what officiating is. I’ve been in games where I mentally blinked, or started daydreaming and suddenly I’ve got a player moaning on the ground with no clue how he got there. I felt bad knowing that I probably missed a major safety violation because I was not paying attention to the game in front of me. After evaluating how I lost my focus I concluded that my game preparation contributed to my hazy mental state in the game, and I resolved to find a way to get focused as an official.

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Two Field Training Opportunities 3/23

ALO will be holding a field training on Sunday March 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm and 4 pm at the new North Atlanta High School  4111 Northside Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30327.

There are3 spots remaining for the 2:30 game.

There are 4 spots remaining for the 4 pm game.

This field training is available only to those who completed the training class in Decatur on January 19 who have completed their online test and webinar.

Please email me at to reserve your spot.

First come, first served. 

Dead Ball Officiating: “When the ball is dead, be alive!”

TOOne of the biggest mistakes newer official make is to assume that once the play is over,their job is done. Almost all of our training is geared towards identifying fouls and positioning on the field during play.  However, what truly separates the  rookies from the veterans is the attention and focus during a dead ball.  Here are some tips for making yourself a better dead ball official: be aware where you are in the game, keep the game moving, anticipate what needs to be done and stay focused! Continue reading

Mental Resilience

One of my good officiating buddies and I chatted a few weeks ago about how there is very little training on how officials handle the mental stress of a game or the stress that comes after making an error. We study the rulebook and the mechanics manual. We ask questions from the more experienced officials we work with. We call one another to go over weird situations that we ran into, or try and create the most outlandish situations that could possibly happen to stump our friends. Still, as my friend and I chatted, neither of us thought that there was much information out there to help officials become more mentally strong especially after making a mistake.

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