Category Archives: NFHS Rules

2017 Tests and Rules Video Now Available

nfhsAll US Lacrosse officials should take BOTH the NFHS and Youth tests.  Officials re-certifying should pass with at least an 80+. More information on the re-certification process can be found here. The NFHS Rules Interpretation Video is also available and may be found below. Continue reading

Setting Expectations before the First Whistle

We have all heard it before; communication is an essential skill that a referee must develop in order to be successful: be a people person! Listen! Match energy levels! Take charge! But what exactly does all that mean? How does one learn how to do it?  As a referee you must realize that your goal is not to control a game but to manage it and that means, managing people.  That is managing player, coaches, table personnel, fans, parents, and even fellow officials.  Often, I hear officials say that they clearly and concisely communicated what they wanted, but the coach or player just would not listen.  And so began a chain of events that lead to rising tension, an outburst, a penalty, a fight and an ejection.
letmeexplainOfficials often equate communication skills as coming into play once a conflict or crisis has started.  They regale us with stories of how they swooped in and took charge or expound on how they defused the situation with their charm and calm demeanor. Continue reading

Fall Classes and Field Trainings: All Classes CLOSED

ALO in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Association (MAYLA), West Forsyth Youth Lacrosse, Newtown Recreation  and the Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association (GLOA)  is holding a number of boys youth lacrosse officials certification classes this fall.  The class and field training is $50.00 and students must be at least 14 years of age and current US Lacrosse members. Please check for the Certification page for a complete list of requirements. Continue reading

US Lacrosse Central Hub on Arbiter

arbiterAll officials have been issued a free Arbiter account as part of the US Lacrosse membership.   Those updated will get an email from Arbiter with login instructions.

Your login should be the email address and password associated with your USL membership.ALO submitted the email you registered for the class with.

Anyone not updated or  any others you have should call 410-235-6882 ex.102 and state that they want to change their participation to official, and tell the service person the email address that should be on their USL account BEFORE the update is made.

If you work for a league that uses Arbiter to assign games, you will see that account as well.  Continue reading

Youth Lacrosse Officials Training, February 8, 2015 in Decatur

ALO is pleased to announce our first training for the Spring 2015 Season.  The class will be held February 8 at the the Decatur Recreation Center located at 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030.  The class will run from  10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Please plan to arrive at least ten minutes early in order to check in and get settled.

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Space is limited. To register for the class, please fill out the online registration form.

Cost of the New Officials Training is $40. Participants must be at least 14 years of age and US Lacrosse members.

Students will receive a a copy of the 2015 Rules Book, the 2015 Training Guide, a pre-game sheet, Fox 40 finger whistle, penalty flag and a US Lacrosse Officials patch upon completion of all requirements.

There will be a short break for lunch and there are numerous options within walking distance of the center.

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