Becoming an official is a serious undertaking. You will be responsible for maintaining a safe, fair and fun contest ever time you officiate. You are in charge, not the coaches or the parents. When you join a league or association, you will be responsible for regularly communicating with assignors, league and team administrators and your fellow officials.
In order to empower and prepare students, we ask that if a student has a question, they should be the one to contact their trainer, not their parents.
Most of the informaiton we provide to students will be forwarded to parents
Parents for players under 18 are encouraged to have themselves carbon copied on all email communication. ALO will cc them on all class information.
Posted in Certification, Classes, Field Training, General, New Officials, Re-Certification, Testing, Training, US Lacrosse, Webinar, Youth Rules
As the spring season is underway, all of our trainers are working youth, high school and college games; often times 5-7 to seven days a week. This makes holding training classes and field training very difficult. Summer leagues are most often elite or high level travel teams that necessitate experienced adult officials and so no field trainings opportunities are available.
ALO will resume new youth official classes for Boys lacrosse this fall.
Please check back here and on our facebook page for more details.
All participants in the referee clinic must complete the Boys Rules and Penalty Online Course or what we at ALO call the webinar, prior to attending the classroom session. The online webinar is free and available to US lacrosse members through their new US Lacrosse Learning Management System. The webinar teaches fundamental lacrosse rules and penalties through diagrams, video and interactive instruction. This course is exclusively available and FREE to US Lacrosse members. Continue reading
All 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
Posted in Arbiter, Certification, General, Mechanics, NFHS Memo, NFHS Rules, Point of Emphasis, Re-Certification, Recertification, Rules Video, Testing, US Lacrosse, Youth Rules
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.
Officials 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