SPARKS, Md. — US Lacrosse today announced changes to the national leadership structure for youth and scholastic member-officials. This announcement is the culmination of over two years’ worth of work and collaboration involving US Lacrosse staff, volunteer and key officiating leadership. A task force was convened by the US Lacrosse Board of Directors in April and that task force, composed of staff and officiating leaders from around the country, proposed this change to the Board of Directors earlier this month.

The revised structure, highlighted by nine regions to cover lacrosse officials nationally, unifies previously different organizational systems within the men’s and women’s games. Within each region, men’s and women’s game state coordinators will work directly with region coordinators and the local officials, leadership and organizations supporting officials within their states. The coordinators will be tasked with delivering timely and relevant information, drive adoption of US Lacrosse standards and best practices; as well as assist US Lacrosse with understanding and prioritizing future goals and objectives for officials’ development.

“Ultimately, our goal is to recruit, retain and develop officials in sufficient quantities to appropriately cover youth and scholastic games across the country, and this realignment will mean more officials at those levels will receive development and educational resources from one or more program offerings from US Lacrosse,” said Charlie Obermayer, senior manager of officials development at US Lacrosse.

As the sport continues to grow, the expectations on officials has and will continue to increase rapidly as the participants of the sport demand a professional and high level of knowledge, quality, skill and ability from lacrosse officials. This structure will allow US Lacrosse to establish a greater connection between the officiating community, local leagues, chapters and state associations all with the focus of supporting and assisting in officiating development.

“Our Officials Development Subcommittee, composed of both men’s officials, women’s officials and US Lacrosse staff, will be working over the next few months to identify, recruit and select the best people for these positions and provide them with the training, resources and information they will need to be successful in these positions so that they can provide the highest level of support to the local communities in their areas,” said Obermayer.

Plans call for the selection of region coordinators in the fourth quarter of 2017 and state coordinators in the first quarter of 2018.

More Resources for Officials

Learn more about how to apply for the region and state coordinator positions, their responsibilities and requirements as well as a region breakdown and a map of the new US Lacrosse officials structure.

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