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Officiating Clinic

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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.

If anyone has any questions about the AYL Officiating Camp you may email me at rules@ayllax.com. More information about the camp and how to register will be released at the end of August through posts, and the AYL Weekly Newsletter.

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AYL Partners With Trilogy Lax

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Trilogy Lacrosse’s Ned Crotty made an appearance with Atlanta Youth Lacrosse and the Summer Select Team Coyotes on Tuesday. Ned went over shooting techniques, signed autographs along with other items and spent time with our players.

Crotty is the 2010 Tewaaraton Trophy winner and member of the 2010 NCAA National Champion Duke Blue Devils. He was the 1st overall pick in the MLL Draft and a member of World Champion 2010 USA National Team.

Capping an accomplished NCAA career, Ned’s 2010 campaign marked his 3rd All-America selection and a single season Duke assist record of 63 (86 total points).  He was the Turnbull award winner as the Division I attackman of the year in 2009. As a member of Team USA he competed in the FIL World Championship in Manchester, England. Ned was also the only college player to be on the All-World Team.  In the pro’s Crotty made an immediate impact earning Rookie of the Year accolades for the Chicago Machine.

Ned and Trilogy Lacrosse have partnered with Atlanta Youth Lacrosse to help train and grow the game in various parts of the country. Visit www.trilogylacrosse.com to view Ned’s upcoming day and overnight camps right here in Georgia!

A Cautionary Tale

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The summer before 7th grade I went to an overnight lacrosse camp at Georgia Tech. This was four days and three nights of no parental supervision whatsoever! Sure there were mandatory practices, but whenever I was off the field I was a free man. My camp experience was pretty typical. I made new friends, stayed up too late, and learned some lacrosse along the way. Despite the fact that I was at lacrosse camp, the main lesson I learned was about nutrition.

It all started with a dare, a double-dog dare. So there was no way I could dismiss it and leave my honor intact. Some teammates and I were eating dinner before the third and final practice of the day. We were exhausted, but we were young and playing lacrosse so we couldn’t care less. Someone created a monumental pile of cafeteria french fries as the communal fry plate. Everyone knew how much I liked french fries, so a buddy of mine bet me to eat the entire serving of fries. Keep in mind that this “serving” could feed about five people.

I agreed on the spot, knowing I had about forty-five minutes to digest everything before practice. I amassed a large amount of ketchup and chowed down. Fifteen minutes later I was certain my parents would be proud of me for I cleaned the entire plate! With the iron stomach of a 7th grader I was out the cafeteria door towards my dorm to gear up. Completely unaware of the coming disaster.

The turf was scorching. My cleats were sticking to the ground as the soles melted onto the synthetic grass. With the sun beating down, everyone was suffering, but I still felt pretty good. We practiced for about thirty minutes before the coaches decided to scrimmage. I cleared the ball up and immediately felt something inside me lurch. I clamped my mouth shut and beelined for the sideline, wretched my helmet off and upchucked every single fry I ate at dinner. I barfed, heaved, puked, regurgitated, and retched everything in my stomach until I had created my own technicolor rainbow on the turf.

Like Milk - Fries were a bad choice

Like Milk - Fries were a bad choice

Remarkably, I cleaned myself up and finished the scrimmage without too much difficulty, and I learned two very valuable lessons. First, my mom would never had let me eat that much food before a lacrosse game. Not having parental supervision at camp gave me freedom to indulge my dietary whims to my detriment. Second, I learned this lesson entirely on my own because I paid for my mistake. The beauty of overnight camps is they give kids the opportunity to screw up and learn life lessons away from their parents.

So learn from my mistake if you are going to an overnight camp this summer, and avoid eating at least one hour before a lacrosse game. Oh, one more thing, I did win the bet!

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