Retaliation

Apr 03, 2019

One objective of lacrosse is teaching kids how to channel their emotions into something positive. Young players learn best through their mistakes, but only if they are called out on their mistakes in a way that creates positive change.

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Communication Matters

Mar 18, 2019

There is a massive difference between SHOUTING and raising your voice to command attention. The former is someone who lacks skill in instructing, the latter is someone who knows how to modulate their voice for the greatest effect.

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Up Your Game – Set Your Eyes

Feb 25, 2019

Officiating is very much a “learn by doing” profession. With few opportunities to practice, you need to make the most out of each available moment that a game provides.

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Thank You for Making a Difference

Feb 05, 2019

It does not matter how long you have coached, or that you are the newest addition to your organization’s board, or how much money you shelled out last year making sure every kid got a cool jersey. What truly matters is that you had a positive impact in the lives of others through lacrosse.

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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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