Recruiting Efforts Help Identify Nearly 1,000 New Lacrosse Officials

Nov 26, 2019

What started with a simple phone call helped inspire a recruiting effort that has generated nearly 1,000 leads on potential new officials for the sport.

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Say Yes to Officiating

Oct 04, 2019

Officiating is an opportunity for those that want to stay involved in sports, give back to the games they love and earn a few extra bucks.

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Developing a Bottom-Up Sportsmanship Solution

Jun 13, 2019

If we don’t all get on the same page with our local officiating organizations, league administrators, coaches and parents, working together at educating and mentoring, the verbal abuse, the ejections, and the sportsmanship issues are not going to improve. 

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Officials Offseason Development Plan

Jun 03, 2019

Here are some tips to get feedback and establish a development plan that you can work on over the next eight months before the next spring season begins. After all, summer and fall lacrosse is supposed to be there to help continue developing the players' skills, why shouldn’t we use this time as officials to work on our skills as well?

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Where are the Officials Going?

Oct 12, 2018

We need to fix this undesirable phenomenon and the first thing we all need to ask ourselves is, "More than 1,000 officials stopped officiating lacrosse last year. Am I the reason we lost one of those?"

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Six Tips to Building a Successful Junior Officiating Program

Mar 22, 2018

One of the biggest challenges that many youth lacrosse organizations have is finding enough officials for its games. Youth programs can help address that problem by developing a junior officiating program. Here are six tips to build a successful junior officiating program.

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Five Tips for Advancing as a Lacrosse Official

Mar 21, 2017

Honesty and seeking feedback important to officials seeking to move up

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2015 US Lacrosse Officials Certification Exams Now Available

Dec 02, 2014

Boys and girls high school and youth annual rules exams for officials' certification now available through the US Lacrosse CentralHub, powered by Arbiter Sports.

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Lead with E’s: Lacrosse Officials are Stewards of the Game

Sep 12, 2014

Officials often do not look at themselves as leaders. But when you think of the different roles we adopt over the course of a season or career, you realize we are constantly providing leadership. Whether it be as a head official, local association president, trainer, assigner, volunteer or any other number of positions that an official may fall into, everyone at some point or another will be asked to lead.

A veteran NBA official once told me that there are three E’s to leadership: excellence, empowerment and enthusiasm.

Excellence

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How to Retain Officiating Talent

Aug 15, 2014

This is the time of year when officials associations, boards and groups around the country start planning for next season, when we come to the table with big ideas about training, educating, assigning and recruiting lacrosse officials.

The biggest topic no one likes to discuss is retention.

Who is coming back and who hung up their whistles? Why? Why did we lose four first-year officials with potential? Why did we lose three of our veteran officials?

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