By US Lacrosse | @uslacrosse
As the sport’s national governing body, US Lacrosse is uniquely positioned to play a leadership role for all levels of the sport. It’s a responsibility that US Lacrosse proudly bears and embraces for the betterment of the sport.
Over the years, lacrosse has enjoyed tremendous growth thanks to the dedication of countless volunteers across the country. It simply wouldn’t have happened without them.
But even the best volunteers need guidance and leadership. Just ask Gordon Corsetti, an Atlanta-based official who volunteers with the US Lacrosse men’s officials training group.
“We need someone setting the standards that we can meet at the local level,” said Corsetti. “It’s too big to try and do it state to state.”
That’s ultimately the focus of the US Lacrosse training group — implementing standards that can be applied nationally to the sport.
The group spent much of 2013 updating training manuals, developing an online officiating course and streamlining rules tests for officials.
Through a partnership with ArbiterSports, US Lacrosse has also created a Central Hub allowing officials better access to materials.
“We need a one-stop shop for trainers and a one-stop shop for [officials] learning the game,” said Corsetti. “There’s a real need for a lot of different kinds of resources.”
Locally, Corsetti has worked to help expand video resources and is now looking to expand that work on a national level as part of a technology subgroup.
Corsetti is an advocate for the training program because of his first-hand experience.
He took part in his first Lacrosse Referee Development (LAREDO) camp in 2008 and kept with the program in ensuing years.
“I got observed by guys with 30 years of experience that had seen it all, and probably more than once,” said Corsetti. “I learned some very hard truths about myself.”
He saw how important the early years are to developing quality officials.
“If we can get a guy to the third year, after they’ve survived the rough beginning, that’s what we like to see,” said Corsetti. “There’s a real sweet spot between the second and fourth years where you can see a drive to get better.”
Part of the responsibility to the US Lacrosse training group is to make sure that the resources they produce help fuel that continuing drive. Corsetti thinks that if leagues got more involved with local officials groups and utilized US Lacrosse training resources, everyone would benefit.
“Some leagues don’t see it as an important thing,” said Corsetti. “It’s the last thing they think about.”
- Completed the pilot phase of its Gold Stick Program, an initiative that focuses on ensuring that seven key standards are evident in lacrosse organizations. Currently focused on leagues, the program will be extended in future years.
- Began the implementation of a new model for the US Lacrosse chapter network, better positioning them to serve their local lacrosse communities.
- Defined an official position for the organization regarding diversity and inclusion, and hired the organization’s first full-time staff member focused on the topic of creating more access to the sport.
- Joined 14 other sports organizations as members of the National Sports Concussion Coalition, one of several advocacy initiatives the organization became associated with in 2013.
Download a copy of our 2013 Annual Report to learn more about how we’re providing leadership, delivering education, creating opportunity and ensuring safety for the national lacrosse community.