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Lacrosse Officials Training for 2014 is closed.

Congratulation to all the 124 youth officials who completed their 2014 certifications! Unfortunately, there are no more classes or field trainings scheduled as the fall season has ended.  Please note that ALL officials need to re-certify each and every year.  The re-certification class is free and will take place in January. If you still need to complete a requirement, read on….
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Push with Possession: When is a push a not a push?

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The push with possession call: it is one of the most important and misunderstood calls in lacrosse. But it appears as if pushes with possession are a different story. Why do so many go seemingly uncalled? A relatively soft nudge in the back that pushes a player out of bounds gets a flag, while a hard shove from behind in the middle of the field gets a free pass.  Coaches and fans start yelling “You gotta call it both ways ref!” So when is a push a push. What gives?  Four factors come into play when determining whether a push really is a push:  the rule, the principle of advantage/disadvantage (TPOAD), location and level of play. Continue reading

The Value of a Pre-Game Conference

For most lacrosse officials, you arrive at the field twenty minutes before the game.  It is imperative that you and your crew get on the same page quickly. A  well officiated lacrosse game is managed by a team of officials, not two or three individuals doing their own thing.  The two things that hold a crew together are solid mechanics and communication.  I am a sheet guy.  I hand out a printed pre-game to my crew that covers everything I want to review.
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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