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Rockin’ the USL LAREDO Training

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The following article may be found here: http://www.uslacrosse.org/TopNav2Left/Officials/MensOfficialsInformation/RockintheUSLLAREDOTraining.aspx

I get to toot my own horn a little bit here! I am very excited to report that I am attending a LAREDO (LAcrosse REferee DevelOpment) clinic in Vail, Colorado this summer. US Lacrosse did a short story on the LAREDO program, and I was asked to contribute a few quotes about it. Here is the full article:

Officiating a high school boys’ lacrosse game in Arizona in late April, Ben Vosika and the rest of the crew came upon a call that confused them.

“We were dumbfounded for a second,” Vosika, 26, said.

“But then I was talking with my fellow officials, and I was like, ‘Well, I’ve been in this situation before. I know what to do,’ he said. “We talked about that in Florida, so I knew exactly how to handle the situation. That happens all the time.”

So Vosika made the call, and he made it with conviction. He was referencing his experience at the 2011 US Lacrosse Level 2 Lacrosse Referee Development (LAREDO) program in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., at the US Lacrosse Under-15 National Championships, presented by Champion.

Since the late 1980s, LAREDO clinics have provided training for lacrosse officials across the country. Initially hosted at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout in Vail, Colo., the LAREDO program was designed to teach three-man mechanics to officials on the West Coast.

US Lacrosse in January announced its newly redesigned certification and training program for men’s lacrosse officials. As part of the changes, Vail now is known as a Level 3 LAREDO. It is designed for officials ready to make the jump from two- to three-man mechanics and join the ranks of the US Lacrosse Collegiate Officials Committee.

Vosika was one of eight officials selected from a group of 28 applicants to attend the 2012 Vail Shootout, the premiere Level 3 LAREDO for the “cream of the officiating crop.”

US Lacrosse supports the promotion of amateur lacrosse by providing men’s officials nationwide for games at all levels. Through its men’s officials training program, US Lacrosse gives training, services and representation for those who wear the black-and-white stripes. The LAREDO clinics play a significant role, as more than 250 officials will go through the program in 2012. In turn, the LAREDO program aids in US Lacrosse’s standardization efforts.

“Consistency is huge,” said Charlie Obermayer, officials program manager at US Lacrosse. “As the game gets bigger and bigger and we’re more visible, the pressure is on us to grow the game the right way. The LAREDOs bring everyone together and gets everyone on the same page.”

On an individual level, the LAREDO programs provide instruction on mechanics and game management, but also “nit-pick the little itty-bitty finer details of officiating to make each official the best they can be,” Obermayer said.

Like Vosika, Gordon Corsetti attended a Level 2 LAREDO in Florida and will complete the Level 3 LAREDO in Vail this summer.

“The best thing I gained was confidence,” Corsetti, 24, said. “It was a night-and-day difference. Clinicians with 30-plus years of experience looked at me and said, ‘Hey, you’re doing a solid job. Keep it up.’ That was huge on top of the intricate teaching methods.”

Corsetti and Vosika raved about the relationship-building benefits of their Level 2 LAREDO experiences, and they’re both looking forward to Level 3 at Vail in July, as it will position them for future NCAA assignments.

“I had a blast. It was a rockin’ time. It was a lot of fun,” Corsetti said. “My only thing was I wished it hadn’t ended. I wanted to keep going. Overall, I would give it two thumbs up. And I would give it more if I could.”

For interested officials, space still remains in several of the July LAREDOs, including the Level 2 clinic in Florida that needs 25 members, and several Level 3 events in Ann Arbor, Mich., Springfield, Mass., and Chapel Hill, N.C. More registration information can be found by clicking here.

— Matt Forman

Now onto my true purpose for posting this article. We need more adult and youth officials! Do you want the best seat in the house? Do you find stripes attractive? Then officiating may be for you!

If you are interested in being trained in officiating lacrosse in Georgia head to www.galaxref.com/contact, and fill out the contact form. Please select Adult Officials Training, or Youth Officials Training for the subject line menu.

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September Beginner Clinics

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Due to popular demand and recently acquired field space, Atlanta Youth Lacrosse is excited to announce our September Beginner Clinics for boys grades 3rd-6th. These clinics are open to beginner players, i.e. players of one year experience or less, and are held at Hammond Park in Sandy Springs.

The September Beginner Clinics will focus on building basic skills that each player needs to be successful at lacrosse. We will teach: cradling, ground balls, catching, passing, dodging, and shooting. These skills will build on one another each clinic and each week. The goal is to make each player who shows up feel confident in the fundamental skills of lacrosse.

The SBCs are free-of-charge and will be taught to any beginner player that wants to show up at the appointed times below. We recommend players show up 10-15 minutes early for introductions and to get their gear on. Any questions about the SBCs may be sent to info@ayllax.com.

NOTE – These clinics are only open to 3rd-6th graders. We have limited weekly field space, and players under third grade will learn a basic skill during group warm-ups each weekend.

Clinics will run on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays:

  • 9/13 and 9/15
  • 9/20 and 9/22
  • 9/27 and 9/29

The times and groups are as follows:

  • 3rd & 4th grade: 4:30-5:25pm
  • 5th & 6th grade: 5:30-6:25pm

Players will need to bring:

  • All gear required for a game (equipment page)
  • Personal water bottle (we will have a cooler at the field just in case)
  • Enthusiasm (nothing beats a player who is willing to learn)

Once the September Beginner Clinics conclude on the 29th, Atlanta Youth Lacrosse will offer position-specific clinics in October. Information on those clinics including price and how to register will come out in later posts and newsletter communications. Again, all questions may be sent to info@ayllax.com.


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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