Consistency is Key

Jan 18, 2019

The word “consistency” is derived from the Latin consistentem, meaning: “to stand firm”. As an official, I heartily endorse the original meaning of the word. Officials must be resolute, a bulwark against the winds of popular opinion. The best officials stand between two opposing forces and enforce agreed-upon rules, without bias, and never allow the masses to influence their decisions. 

“You’re not being consistent” is a charge often leveled at officials.

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Turning Fear into Fuel

Jan 07, 2019

My favorite book of all time is Dune, by Frank Herbert. Now why write about a science fiction book on a lacrosse blog? Well, I learned a powerful lesson from Dune that helped me overcome my fears on the field.

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Up Your Game – Mental Training

Dec 21, 2018

Officiating, at its core, is the ability to make quality decisions under stress. The loud environment, the passion of the players, and running up and down the field, all increase your heart rate. In fact, a lacrosse game is a perfect recipe for a heightened stress response.

Commonly known as the fight or flight response, the stress response is your brain priming your body to protect itself. Imagine your hunter-gatherer ancestors. Those that perished, were less ready to sprint away or fight off a predator. The survivors were the ones with the more refined stress response.

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The Perfect Game

Dec 20, 2018

It is impossible to officiate a perfect game due to human error. Officials may be lampooned by the fans and rated average by the coaches, and yet still receive a good evaluation by their observer. This is because how the officials performed, is always distorted by the perspective of the viewer.

The other reason is that each game is completely different, and it is not possible to predict what will happen. As the saying goes; “that’s why we play the game.”

But what would happen if a crew worked a game to perfection?

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Stop Complaining and Pick Up a Whistle

Dec 12, 2018

Officials, collectively, cannot afford to be combative with the very people they hope to recruit into their ranks. Gordon Corsetti offers multiple suggestions for building positive relationships.

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Don’t Learn Safety by Accident

Nov 20, 2018

One of my jobs as the trail official, in any clearing situation, is to protect the passer on long passes. I threw my flag immediately and ran to Scott as I blew the whistle.

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Five Reasons to Attend the 2018 US Lacrosse West Regional Conference

Nov 09, 2018

The US Lacrosse Regional Conference is a professional development opportunity for coaches, officials, program administrators and other leaders in the lacrosse community. There will be three different program tracks offered for officials, coaches and leaders. Sessions topics will include team and athlete development, rules interpretation, game management and organizational leadership.

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You're Not Bigger Than the Game

Nov 05, 2018

“As the [official] you are neither inside the game, as the players are, nor outside it among the fans, but the game passes through you, like rainwater through a filter, and your job is to influence it for the better, to strain out the impurities, to make it cleaner, fairer, and more transparent without impeding it, corrupting it, changing its course, or making it taste funny.”

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Life Lessons on the Lacrosse Field

Oct 29, 2018

“Manners are the happy ways of doing things; each one a stroke of genius or of love, now repeated and hardened into usage.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Giving Everything I Have to a Game I Love

Oct 22, 2018

From eight to twenty-two, I had trouble enjoying lacrosse. I had a blast with my teammates, and I rejoiced when we won games, but there was a darker side that I never liked. Then I found officiating, and a whole new world opened up!

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