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Now is the Time: Pre-Season Preparation

day-oneFootball has wrapped up, basketball is winding down, the holidays are a blur and BOOM:  Lacrosse season is here.  It sneaks up on us every year. But being ready for the season is key to having a successful year as an official.  If you want be regarded as a top official, now is the time to prepare.  As of today there are only 60 days until the first game and you have a lot to do. Here are some tips to make this year a great one so you are ready on day 1. Continue reading

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

New Youth Officials Training Class January 19

ALO is pleased to announce training dates for the Spring 2014 season.   We will host a Training Class for new officials on January 19 at the at the Decatur Recreation Center located at 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030.  The class will run from  9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The class is one of a number of steps required to become a certified US Lacrosse official.  You can view the requirements for becoming an official at the end of this post.


Space is limited. To register for the January 19 class, please fill out the online registration form. New Officials Training costs $40.    Continue reading

An Introduction To SOPTI

I’m used to being on my feet sprinting and jogging for hours at a time in sweltering Georgia heat during a summer lacrosse tournament. I thought I was in fairly decent shape, but twenty minutes into a SOPTI (Sports Officials Physical Training Institute) workout quickly purged that thought. After twenty minutes, half of which was a warm-up, I was on my hands and knees trying to get more air into my lungs while bright spots lit up in front of my eyes. Ten minutes later I was hurling over the side of the fence.

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Vail LAREDO 3 Notes!

The following notes are geared towards officials in a three-man crew, but there are also many general officiating comments and mechanics observations that will serve any official well. The following list was put together by Don Balch and Sean Murphy:

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