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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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Getting The Most Out Of Preseason Training Classes

I used to hate training classes. Alright, hate is maybe too strong of a word. I was more strongly disinterested in going to an officiating class my first two years of reffing lacrosse. I made a critical error in thinking I knew all I ever needed to know about lacrosse and officiating. Heck, I had played for 10 years and I had reffed youth for five – what more was there for me to learn?

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Focus, Focus, Focus, and Have Fun

It took me three years to understand the importance of perception for a lacrosse official. I started officiating for the GLOA in 2008 at twenty years old. For most of my first season I was primarily assigned JV games. Towards the end of that season my assignor threw me a few low-tier Varsity games with experienced officials to help guide me along. In my second season I reffed a 50/50 mix of JV and Varsity games, but I wanted more competitive and more challenging games. In order to do that I had to get better and I had to take officiating more seriously. Continue reading