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April 17, 2017 -
“Don’t get involved in the game.”
“Let the boys play!”
“After the game no one should remember we were there.”
“You need to get this game under control!”
Correction of Errors
March 16, 2017 - Each official on the field is responsible for getting the call right. Aside from getting calls right, recognizing mistakes and taking immediate steps to correct them drastically increases the confidence that everybody has in the crew. There is a limit however. Multiple mistakes will eventually turn confidence into distrust. The lesson is simple: commit as few errors as possible and address mistakes as soon as possible. This article explains common mistakes that officiating crews make during games under NFHS rules, how to fix those mistakes, and recommended explanations to coaches and players to prevent confusion.
Prioritize the Pre-Game
February 14, 2017 - The quote is simple and true: “failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” Even minimum preparation before a game solidifies a bond between partners, and comprehensive preparation establishes good communication before the first whistle blows. Without some amount of preparation you set yourself and your partners up to fail. This does not mean that if you prepare you will be perfect, but that by preparing you get closer to perfection.
January 12, 2017 - Officiating is a demanding hobby that requires officials invest significant amounts of time, effort, and their own money in order to improve. Many officials express a desire to get better in different ways:
Officiating: The Ultimate Professional Development
August 23, 2016 - Officiating provides a perfect transition for players who are not going to continue their career in high school, college, or beyond; allowing you to stay in the game.
A note to current US Lacrosse Nationally and Internationally Rated Officials
June 29, 2016-
Transitioning current US Lacrosse Nationally Rated Officials to CWLOA Collegiate Officials
In order to provide consistent service and information to collegiate officials, and a single point of contact for collegiate officials related to training and rating, US Lacrosse and the Collegiate Women’s Lacrosse Officiating Association (CWLOA) have agreed to transition ALL collegiate officials to the CWLOA this summer.
Beginning January 1, 2017 all current US Lacrosse Nationally-rated officials will transition to the CWLOA. All future ratings and trainings for collegiate officials will be conducted by the CWLOA.
For more information see below
US Lacrosse Girl's Lacrosse Rules Questionnaire
June 6, 2016 - Provide your opinion on the 2016 rules changes for girl's lacrosse and give your input on suggestions for 2017 rule changes and clarifications.
Sideline Q&A - Eliminated
June 3, 2016 - After a review of the “Sideline Q&A” article published last year the US Lacrosse Officials Education Program does not recommend conducting Sideline Q&As in any game and strongly advises against any official answering questions or engaging in conversations with spectators before, during or after a game assignment.
The Crew Saver
May 16, 2016 - As sports officials we often have to possess just enough ego to carry us through our avocation on a game-by-game basis. Sometimes that ego is backed by a hard-bound knowledge of the rules. For others it’s the ability manage a situation or a game with an aplomb that is clearly recognized by the participants and peers. More often, though, that ego can manifest itself in a presumably negative manner in situations where we believe a partner has trespassed upon our territory or our area of coverage.
Essential Communication for Officials
May 6, 2016 - An important talent of a successful lacrosse official is good communication skills. Unfortunately, not everything an official says is productive – abrasive comments can lead to further escalations. Also, not all communication is verbal – hand signals can work just as well.
NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules Questionnaire
April 27, 2016 - Provide your opinion on the 2016 rules changes for boys lacrosse and give your input on suggestions for 2017 rule changes and clarifications.
Why You Should Attend a LAREDO Clinic
April 7, 2016 - Attending a LAREDO 2 or 3 puts you squarely under the eyes of experienced clinicians whose sole mission is to make you a better official by the time you leave. You will be observed and critiqued by officials who have seen it all and know why you need to be in a particular spot to make the right call.
Responding to Coaches Queries and Comments
March 25, 2016 - In general, officials need to recognize that coaches have invested much time and effort in preparing for a game and that an athletic contest can generate strong emotions. Officials will best serve the game that afternoon by defusing, managing and helping a coach through a tough moment rather than by assuming an immediate adversarial role. Officials must strive to be engaged at all times: aloofness, indifference, boredom, and disdain are inexcusable.
2016 Girls Rule Key Differences Resource
March 15, 2016 - The following document compares the rule differences between the US Lacrosse high school rules and the NCAA rules for 2016. This memo contains the differences regarding Rules 1-7 in both rulebooks.
2016 NFHS Boys Lacrosse FAQs
February 24, 2016 - The NFHS published answers to questions asked regarding the 2016 rule changes. There are four separate FAQs as of 5/10/16.
Clear and Deliberate Communication
February 19, 2016 - Officials experience a communication breakdown when what is said or signaled does not translate to the rest of the crew, the coaches, or the players. This is generally due to three factors.
Being a Good Mentee
February 10, 2016 - When we talk about the mentor-mentee relationship, we often point out what it takes to be a good mentor. While certainly a worthwhile conversation, we can’t neglect the other side of the relationship: What does it take to be a good student or mentee, when it comes to lacrosse officiating?
Pre-Game Checklists for Success
February 4, 2016 - Before a game a while back, I had a great pregame discussion with my partner and stepped onto the field ready to work the game. After the coin toss, my partner asked me where I hid my flags. I confidently informed him that I used black-tipped flags and reached towards my waistband, only to discover that I had “hid” my flags in my car. Since that game, I never lock my car without double-checking that I have everything I need.
2016 Rule Changes Announced for Boys' Youth Lacrosse
September 25, 2015 - US Lacrosse today announced the 2016 US Lacrosse Boys’ Youth Rules, including points of emphasis that promote safety and sportsmanship. The youth rules are based on age-appropriate modifications made by the US Lacrosse Men’s Game Rules Subcommittee to the high school game rules authored by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
2016 Rule Changes Announced for Girls High School and Youth Lacrosse
US Lacrosse today announced rule revisions for women’s lacrosse, ranging from changes in overtime to new carding procedures for dangerous contact. Most of the rule changes are effective for the 2016 girls’ high school and youth lacrosse seasons, with some additional revisions for equipment and uniforms effective beginning in 2017 or 2018.
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