As I mentioned in this week’s first post, Andy Halperin and I are putting on an officiating clinic on Sunday, September 4th. We will cover the basic rules each youth official needs to know, as well as whistle blowing, flag throwing, penalty reporting, conducting faceoffs, and lots of signaling. It is absolutely free of charge, as we want as many youth officials as possible to go through the training. Only 5th-12th graders are permitted to attend the clinic, as of this Fall season, AYL will not allow any player under fifth grade to officiate this year.
Additionally, any AYL parents are welcome to attend the clinic. Either to learn the basics of officiating, or to become an AYL official themselves.
All attending AYL members will receive a:
- 2011 NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rulebook
- Copy of AYL rule differences
- Fox 40 whistle & lanyard
- AYL Zebra shirt
The officiating camp will consist of:
One Hour – Station Drills
- 15 minutes – flag throwing and whistle blowing
- 15 minutes – conducting faceoffs
- 15 minutes – penalty reporting
- 15 minutes – goal/crease play
One Hour – Rules Discussion
- 30 minutes – must know youth and safety rules
- 30 minutes – situations and tips/tricks
After the two hour camp, each potential official will receive a link to take an online test (open-book) of twenty rules questions. This is to ensure that the youth referees understand the rules and when they should be applied.
The online test will be available for five days starting at the end of the camp. A passing score of 80% (B) is required to officiate at any age level at Atlanta Youth Lacrosse. Any player that does not make the grade may take the test again at my discretion. Players that forget or do not take the test at all may not take a retest. Since five days is more than enough time to take a twenty-question test.
Finally, all officials who pass the test will be shadowed by an experienced adult official for one half of a game. Andy and I watch each official during their “practice-half.” If they do well, they are allowed to officiate without a shadow for the remainder of the season. If they still need work, they are assigned further shadowing until they are competent on their own.
It is my hope that this officiating camp, test, and final shadowing will produce youth officials that are excited about officiating. Also, this will greatly improve the fundamental knowledge of each youth official. Making them more capable of officiating a good game.
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