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September 6 Training Class Full; New Class in November

The September 6 Youth Officials training Class is full and already has an extensive wait list.  We are working on a second class and field training in early November.  Information and registration will be up next week on ALO.

Strategies for Starting Off and Coming Back

A few years ago I started a small tradition in the 2nd-4th year GLOA officials training class. Once everyone gets settled into the classroom I ask all the new second year officials to stand up. Once they’re all standing the third and fourth year officials and GLOA trainers congratulate them for surviving their rookie season and coming back for another round. It’s a small gesture, but a powerful one that tells all of the former rookies that everyone else in the room has been where they were. Acknowledging the always-difficult first season brings these second year officials deeper into the fold of the officiating brotherhood at the GLOA, which helps us retain more of our less experienced officials and turn them into more experienced officials.

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Adjusting After Being Told You’re Wrong

I never considered myself a rules guy until other officials started asking me rules questions. Many of the questions I was asked made me dig into the rulebook even further, which helped enhance my knowledge of the rulebook. I did not become knowledgable on lacrosse rules by just studying the rulebook though. I learned a painful lesson early on in my career that it pays dividends down the road to accept when I am completely wrong on a rule.

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Summer New Officials & Re-certification Class Date & Time TBD

ALO plans to hold a new officials class as well as a re-certification class at the end of the 2014 season.  Dates and times to be announced. Please check back for details.   Continue reading

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