Author Archives: Gordon Corsetti

Communication Maintains The Threshold

This is an examination of three separate body checks in one Varsity game from not too long ago with a three-man crew. Region game between two skilled teams that were up and down through the season. It was going to be a good game if both teams showed up with their “A” game. They both played strong and it turned out to be a barn burner of a game with lots of up and down action and some very hard hits. It was a night game under the lights and a very loud crowd for each team. As a ref this is a game you remember for a while because the atmosphere was electric all the way to the final horn. Continue reading

Strategies for Starting Off and Coming Back

A few years ago I started a small tradition in the 2nd-4th year GLOA officials training class. Once everyone gets settled into the classroom I ask all the new second year officials to stand up. Once they’re all standing the third and fourth year officials and GLOA trainers congratulate them for surviving their rookie season and coming back for another round. It’s a small gesture, but a powerful one that tells all of the former rookies that everyone else in the room has been where they were. Acknowledging the always-difficult first season brings these second year officials deeper into the fold of the officiating brotherhood at the GLOA, which helps us retain more of our less experienced officials and turn them into more experienced officials.

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Camaraderie

Officiating provides a great foundation for strong friendships across wide distances and over long periods of time. Two summers ago I went out to the 2012 Vail Shootout for a LAREDO 3 officiating camp where I met several officials from all over the country. Four days of working and living with these officials started good friendships that we maintained after leaving for home. We did keep one standing order: keep everyone posted on tournaments near our homes as we all traveled. I was fortunate enough to visit my sister in Manhattan this summer while I was on a work trip, and two of my buddies from Vail, Pat Finn and Dave DuBan told me that there was a tournament at Rutgers. I extended my trip and planned to crash on Dave’s couch for the weekend.

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Inconsistency

Before the 2013 season I was interviewed for an article about US Lacrosse’s Officials Education Program to give my take on how the OEP benefits new and experienced officials around the country, especially those in developing areas.

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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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