Plan Your Work to Work Your Plan

Aug 01, 2011

Every year is a recruiting year in an officials organization. Let’s face it: officiating does not suit everyone, only some of the newbies from last year will return, and of the ones who return, only some of them will be the kind who run with it.

In order to maintain the health of your organization, you need to make sure you get a good class of new officials every season. Why bring this up now? You have to plan your work in order to work your plan.

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Summer Jobs for Players

Jul 01, 2011

Remember your first summer job? I repaired furniture and scooped ice cream. I would have jumped at the opportunity to be a junior official.

If your organization doesn’t already utilize junior officials (officials under 18 years old), take a look at your summer training and working opportunities as a good time to start a program. Since most interested kids will likely play, summer is a great time to train them and observe them work. Come next season, they can help officiate the youth schedule when their own game schedule allows.

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Beyond the Rules

Jun 01, 2011

For an official, there is no substitute for knowing the rules. There are plenty of details in the rule book that come into play in every game. For example: Red #21 scores a goal, and then it’s discovered that he’s missing a piece of required equipment. Does the goal stand?

However, once you get beyond the details any rule book of any sports can be boiled down to three concepts:

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Assign Me Some Harmony

Jun 01, 2011

Assigners have a difficult job, dealing with countless schedule changes, bad weather complications, and injured officials. Assigners also find themselves in the difficult position of having to work for coaches and leagues, but also advocate for the officials they assign. To say they have to be diplomatic is an understatement. I am constantly being asked to assist groups or individuals with assigning issues. US Lacrosse does not oversee, regulate, or credential assigners, but here are some tips that will lead to a better relationship between assigners and officials’ organizations.

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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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