Survival Guide for New Officials

Apr 01, 2011

I’d be a dishonest salesperson if I said that your first season was going to be easy. Only working a copious number of games can put you at east with your rules knowledge and applications. However, there are some things you can do from the first day to make things easy on yourself, and they both relate to that old Boy Scout motto, “Be prepared.”

Look the part. This can be broken down into two different areas: your uniform and your reffing bag.

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In-Season Training

Mar 01, 2011

It’s March, and that means that the preseason is official over.

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The Lone Ranger: Don’t be One!

Feb 01, 2011

The idea that a single person can handle anything is a disaster waiting to happen when it comes to officiating lacrosse.

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Signaling: The Arms Have It

Jan 01, 2011

Giving a signal and direction with every foul may not be automatic for brand new officials. However, as you improve, these informational mechanics become a key component of displaying rule knowledge and confidence. When you give a crisp signal, you are telling the world just how confident you are in the call.

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Coaching: Responsibility and Opportunity

Mar 01, 2010

Both in my capacity at US Lacrosse and as the parent of two young lacrosse players (who also play soccer and basketball), I’m often asked what I think is the most important aspect of a quality youth sports experience. For me, it’s all about a coach who inspires my child, teaches correct fundamentals, and values players safety and fun above all else.  

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