Thankful for Change

Apr 03, 2014

Gratitude journals seem to be all the rage on Facebook. As I wrote this in late January, gearing up for my season as a college women’s lacrosse official, I began to think about what I’m grateful for: change.

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College Lacrosse Coaches Sound Off on Multi-Sport Participation

Mar 12, 2014

We asked five college coaches what sports their kids play, and how it has benefitted their overall youth or high school sports experience.

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4 Best Practices for Respecting Boundaries as a Parent-Coach

Mar 10, 2014

Coaching your child’s team can be tricky. Here are some tips for doubling as parents and coaches.

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Ask the Right Questions, Particularly on the Car Ride Home

Mar 07, 2014

Positive Coaching Alliance’s Jim Thompson offers postgame-friendly questions for the car ride home.

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Consistency in Officiating: What Every Ref Needs to Know

Mar 04, 2014

Why are some calls made in some games and not others? What are some of the challenges of enforcing a new rule? Those questions aren’t unique to lacrosse, but that doesn’t mean we can’t address them.

As officials, consistency is one of the traits we should strive for, in part because it’s something coaches and players need. You can understand their frustration when a given check not whistled during the majority of a game is whistled for the first time in the last three minutes.

Some thoughts on consistency in our craft:

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Keeping Officials in the Game: Our Collective Responsibility

Feb 18, 2014

Everyone in our sport plays a role in making sure we have the right people in stripes come game day. Most lacrosse organizations recruit new officials annually. They do their best to find fit people with flexible work schedules who may already officiate another sport.

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What is a Concussion? An In-Depth Q&A With US Lacrosse Experts

Feb 17, 2014

Dr. Margot Putukian and Dr. Ruben Echemedia of the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee provide insight into concussions

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'Life-Altering Injury': Getting Ahead of Lacrosse's ACL Problem

Feb 14, 2014

Understanding the knee's complex biomechanics, and how to get ahead of lacrosse's ACL problem

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An Open Letter to the U.S. Men's National Team

Jan 28, 2014

An open letter from the mom of a 10-year-old youth player who spent the weekend in Florida interacting with and learning from Team USA.

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Tips for Productive Coach/Official Communication

Jan 22, 2014

What do sports officials have in common with hostage negotiators, peace treaty brokers and marriage counselors? They must be master communicators.

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