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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U.S. Women’s Under-19 Team Announces 25-Player Training Roster

Jul 30, 2014

After a three-day tryout that included 110 players at Stevenson University, US Lacrosse today announced the 25-player training roster for the U.S. Women’s National Under-19 Team.

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U.S. U19 Women’s Tryouts Begin Monday in Baltimore

Jul 28, 2014

US Lacrosse today announced the 112-player tryout pool for the 2015 U.S. Women’s National Under-19 Team, with tryouts getting underway Monday at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md. The three-day tryout will see girls high school players from 18 states compete for 25 roster spots on the squad that will defend gold at the 2015 Federation of International Lacrosse Under-19 World Championship in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Team USA Headed to World Championship Game

Jul 14, 2014

Seven different players scored multiple goals, led by Alex Roesner with five, as the United States dominated Australia 23-1 to advance to the championship game of the 2016 Federation of International Lacrosse Men’s U19 World Championship.

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US Lacrosse Names 39 to 2014-15 U.S. Women’s National Team

Jun 20, 2014

US Lacrosse has selected 39 players to the 2014-15 U.S. Women’s National Team, which will train in the lead-up to the 2017 FIL World Cup.

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National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees

May 21, 2014

The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame welcomes eight new members as the Class of 2014.

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10 Tips for More Effective Game Management

May 21, 2014

As an official, you have three responsibilities: Keep the game safe, keep the game fair and act in a professional manner.

The difficult part comes when you make a necessary and appropriate safety or fairness call and one sideline rants and raves. Maintaining your cools when the crowd is booing, players are grumbling and coaches are complaining is not easy. Knowing the rules, being in the right spot and looking professional are all well and good, but what you need in these situations is solid game management skills.

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Why You Should Celebrate Mistakes at Lacrosse Practice

May 16, 2014

How many times did you celebrate mistakes in your last practice? Last season?

Often times as a coach and teacher, I have witnessed the frustration of the mistake. The stick slams the ground, the head goes down, the mind goes to an alternate dimension. 

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Nine Habits of Highly Effective Lacrosse Players

May 07, 2014

Lacrosse parent blogger details nine habits of highly effective lacrosse players, discovered through conversation with Team USA.

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The Seven-F Method for Training Officials

Apr 28, 2014

Fun

It’s a blast to be “in the game,” even as an official. We get to see great play, attack and defensive strategies, teamwork by the athletes, coaches—and let’s not forget the fans.

Friends

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