ALO’s own Gordon Corsetti has been asked to join the US Lacrosse Men’s Officials Training Group! Their mission is to “create, maintain and implement standardized training, evaluation and education of all officials across the country that raises the knowledge, experience and safety for all those involved in the game of lacrosse.” Gordon brings a wealth of lacrosse experience as a player, administrator, coach, official, and trainer as well as a unique perspective on how the game has grown in non-traditional areas. Gordon will make an excellent addition to the group! Congratulations!
It is essential that officials working youth games know the US Lacrosse Youth Rules, but they must also be aware of the specific adjustments each league or tournament is playing under. Below you will find a number of league rules from in and around the Atlanta area. Continue reading
PlayOn! Sports is the nation’s premier high school sports media company. We are the largest rights holder, producer, and aggregator of high school sports events, including the GHSA. Games may be viewed on cable television as well as web. This is another great resource you can use to watch film and improve your craft. You might even catch yourself on tape! Visit the site regularly to see what new games have been posted.
You’ve completed all the requirements: been through the Level 1 training class, taken the online course, done your field work , taken the rules test, watched the rules video, registered with US Lacrosse as an official and received your patch. So now what? The class you took taught you a lot about the rules of the mechanics of officiating, but there are probably still many questions you might have about being a referee. Here are some helpful tips and advice for you as a begin your career. Continue reading
As a an official, you have a ruling on whether contact is safe, legal and fair at all times. This is imperative to preserving the safety of the players and the integrity of the game. Check out these US Lacrosse videos on contact in the men’s game. Continue reading
Please complete the 2013 GHSA Boys Lacrosse Clinic for Coaches and Officials by February 16, 2013 if you plan to officiate GHSA JV and Varsity contests this season. You may also download the clinic handout.
Warning!! there are a number of compatibility issues with the online clinic. Be careful as to what browser, software and device you use. I suggest Internet Explorer 9. Please read below for more disclaimers from GHSA. Continue reading
Watching these videos of the 2012 The Lovett School Lacrosse Team in Atlanta, GA are a great way to improve your mechanics and familiarize yourself with the game. The quality is great. Note that some dead ball situations are edited out. Remember, the best way to learn these mechanics is to attend a game.
Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments or suggestions!
This mailing from John Hind, chair, and Don Zimmerman, secretary-rules editor, of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee came out February 1, 2013 and is intended to clarify several points relating to the playing rules changes that were approved for the 2013 season.
[GNH: Please note that any printed copy of the NCAA Rules Book has been radically revised since publication.]
One of the most common mistakes newer officials make is ball watching. It is imperative that each official know their responsibilities (Lead or Trail) and focus on their area (On or Off) at all times. One situation in particular is especially important to cover: watching the shooter after he has taken a shot. A similar situation involves hits on a player, especially the goal keeper, after they have thrown a pass. These incidents can have a huge impact on your game: everyone sees them but you can’t make the call because you did not see the whole play (or you only heard the hit)! And if you are not focusing on your responsibilities you will only catch the retaliation.
Check out the video below for a great example of why this mechanic is so important! What would you call in this situation?
That the game and the rules have their own lingo is not unique to the sport of lacrosse. In football, while fans, players, coaches and announcers use the terms fumble and muff interchangeably, the terms have radically different meanings and can have major impacts on how you rule on a play. Being a fan or an announcer is not the same as being an official. For folks new to the game and to those who have been playing lacrosse for some time, becoming an official requires that you learn how to talk about the game. One needs to learn what particular terms mean and how to describe situations, leaving out superfluous information and focusing on key relevant facts. One must essentially learn how speak lacrosse.