BALTIMORE — US Lacrosse has named two Scott Boyle Memorial Observers Program grant and two Susie Ganzenmuller Observers Program grant recipients for men’s and women’s game officials, respectively.
John Gibbons of the Northeastern Ohio Lacrosse Officials Association (NOLOA) and Marty Joyner of the Washington Area Lacrosse Officials Association (WALOA) each received a $2,500 Scott Boyle Memorial Observers Program grant. Sheri Gimigliano of the Harford County (Md.) Lacrosse Officials Board (HCLOB) and Don Smith of the Rochester Board of Women's Lacrosse Officials (RBWLO) each received a $2,500 Susie Ganzenmuller Observers Program grant.
Both programs are designed to help develop young officials. As part of the program, experienced officials are trained in observation, evaluation and communication, and they are provided resources to observe games officiated by newer officials. Each new official is observed at least twice and evaluated on his or her progress.
"We are pleased and honored to receive the Scott Boyle Memorial Observers Program grant," Gibbons said. "Lacrosse is growing at an incredible rate in Northeast Ohio, we don't have a year go by that we don't add two or three high school teams. Keeping up with the demand for officials has left us little resources to help improve the product on the field through observation. We hope we honor Scott by implementing the observations to help the officials in Northeast Ohio improve."
"With our area becoming one of the strongest in the country, the need for stronger and better officiating is so demanding," Smith said. "This will help us to not only recruit more officials, but also in helping what officials we have, raise their game to the next level and beyond. From our entire board, thank you!"
"We are excited once again to offer grants specifically geared toward helping officials work on their game," said Erin Smith, director of education and training at US Lacrosse. "The program, originally seeded through the Boyle family for the men’s game, was successfully implemented last year on the women’s side. We will always be grateful to the Boyle family for creating this program and truly appreciate the generosity of our donors and members to be able to provide this program again this year.”
For more information about the Scott Boyle Memorial Observers Program, visit uslacrosse.org/MensOfficialsProgramsClinics.
For more information about the Susie Ganzenmuller Observers Program, visit uslacrosse.org/WomensOfficialsProgramsClinics.
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