Welcome to the 2014 season! Formal training has finished, but a new season of on-the-job learning is upon us. Some of the newest officials are just getting their lacrosse legs under them, figuring out where they need to be, and what they need to be looking at during a game. Most officials are learning what lines to draw at a whole new level of competition while others are learning or refining three-man mechanics. No matter where you find yourself this season, everyone is learning on the field. To assist our officials in this learning process, we have outlined the following pre-game/post-game discussion format that our mentors taught us.
Before pre-game discussions, have a different area of focus to improve upon each game.
At pre-game, commit to the improvement by telling your partner(s) about your area of focus.
Ask your crew mates what they are planning to work on during the game, as well.
Ask and listen for feedback related to your improvement area.
Have an opinion on your crew mate’s performance related to their stated improvement area(s).
Talk to your mentor about anything you are uncertain about from the game.
We hope you will use this simple plan to help improve your performance and the performance of your crew mates throughout the 2014 season.