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Susie Ganzenmuller Observers Program

Susie Ganzenmuller Observers Program

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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Susie Gazenmuller - Hall of FameThe purpose of this program is to emulate Susie Ganzenmuller's passion and attitude toward officials' on-field development through a grant to Local Boards to implement an observation program.

The goal of this program is to develop officials, by utilizing on-field evaluations throughout the spring season. As such, observers will be trained to identify and communicate key areas for improvement in working officials, and will be tasked with checking to see if these officials have implemented the suggestions into their games.

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Application Timeline

October 15th: Deadline for submitting completed applications
November 1st: US Lacrosse emails notifications to applicants

Please contact the US Lacrosse Officials Education Department at with any questions or concerns.


Who can apply for the Susie Ganzenmuller Observers Program Grant?

US Lacrosse grants only two (2) Susie Ganzemuller Observers Program Grants annually of up to $2,500 each. Qualifying groups include, but are not limited to:

  • New Local Officials Boards that want to begin an observers and evaluation program.
  • Established Local Boards that want to begin or build upon an observers and evaluation program.
  • US Lacrosse Regions that want to establish a regional observers program across their sub-district.
    • In this instance, only the US Lacrosse Region Chair would apply on behalf of all the Local Boards in the Region.

How will US Lacrosse evaluate the applications?

Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the application:
    • All fields are complete.
    • Questions are clearly answered.
    • Includes one (1) letter of recommendation
  • Quality of the organization:
    • Applicant group has a clearly defined plan to implement an observers and evaluation program.
    • Applicant group has identified the target audience.
    • Applicant group has support from the leadership of the Local Board.
  • Impact:
    • Program will impact the core demographic of officials within the group.
    • Program will ultimately result in a higher rate of consistency between officials.
    • Program will establish or grow an observers and evaluation program in the group.
    • Program participants will be provided with a clear career progression for advancement.

How do I apply for the Susie Ganzenmuller Observers Program Grant?

All of the instructions listed below must be followed in order for your application to meet qualifications standards when reviewed. Thank you for your attention to these requirements.

  • Only one (1) application per Local Board is permitted.
  • Applicant must be a member in good standing with US Lacrosse in order to apply.
  • Each submission must include the last two (2) years of financial statements of your Local Board.
  • Each application submission should include at least one (1) letter of recommendation. Please scan and email the letter and financial statements to The individual completing this application cannot write the recommendation letter.
    • Possible sources of recommendation (this list is not exhaustive):
      • Region Chair
      • Super Region Chair
      • US Lacrosse Chapter President
      • League or local school system administrator
  • Submit recommendation letters and financial statements to US Lacrosse via email at
    • Do not mail or fax recommendation letters or other required documents.


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