LAXCON 2021

Online Training for the 2021 Season

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The Kentucky Lacrosse Umpires Board (KLUB) is tasked by US Lacrosse to provide training that will lead to certification as a US Lacrosse Girls' Umpire in Kentucky.  First, KLUB has provided new umpire orientation and all umpire training throuogh ZOOM meetings.  These meetings have taken place, but the recordings of these meeting may be viewed here (please excuse the poor video and narration quality (coughing due to COVID):
 
 
 
 
If you wish to have the PowerPoint presentation files they are available here as well:
The US Lacrosse Girls' Umpires online training courses are being used this year for KLUB training.  Umpires have until the end of the month to complete their specific track and pass the test.  First or second year official will need to take the Level 1 Track.  All others must take the Level 2/3 track.  All Umpires will need to take the online rules course, the five or six courses included with each track, the HS as well as the Youth rules interpretations courses, and the 2021 Girls Youth and High School Rules Exam (only one exam). For most it has been nearly two years since any of us have had games so it is vital to watch and take in as much as you can.
 
If you have any issues with logging in or your courses the number to call at US Lacrosse is: 410-235-6882, x102 (member services).
 
Rating Day will be February 28 at Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville.  Hopefully, KLUB will conduct ratings (field evaluations) on the two grass fields (the smaller Brescia grass fields used for Braveheart).  If weather is an issue ratings (field evaluations) will be on the turf field.  We are going to attempt to possibly have one field worked by a 3-person crew with the other one a 2-person crew.
 
For those taking the Level 2/3 track there is an online course on 3-person crew mechanics.  Level 2 and Level 3 umpires must be familiar with 3 person crew mechanics, because these umpires will have the opportunity to attempt a Level 3 rating.
 
If anyone has any restrictions for February 28 let Chris Niblock (see contact information below) know ASAP!
 
6a00d835795ab169e201bb0a052219970dHere is how to get to your video tracks:
  • Go to USLacrosse.org.
  • Log in
  • Go to the hamburger in the upper left and pull that down.
  • Go to eLearning
  • That will take you to the eLearning site.  There is a "rotating menu" across the top above the usual entries of "Catalogue" "Resume Courses" etc.
  • On the rotating menu there is "Girls Lacrosse Officials" with a picture and lots of information.  Click on that.
  • This takes you to the Rules Exams.
  • On the upper right hand corner there are some tags.  Click on "#2021 ODPLearning"
  • Then click on "Officials"
  • Then click on "3 - Women's Game Officials"
  • Then choose either Level 1 or Level 2/3 as instructed

US Lacrosse has assured KLUB that attendance reports for individual videos can be reported to KLUB.  KLUB leadership will ask for this report.

Here are the direct links - you still have to log in.
  • The online rules course
  • The learning courses for that track
  • The annual rules interpretation videos
  • The required exam (combined Girls Youth and High School Rules Exam)
IN ORDER TO BE CERTIFIED FOR THIS YEAR YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL OF THE TRAINING VIDEOS AND TAKE THE YOUTH/HS COMBINED TEST.
 
YOU MAY NEED TO RENEW YOUR RATING OR BE RATED FOR THE FIRST TIME.  THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.
 
Need help?  Contact ...
  • Chris Niblock (502.295.8701) - USL Level 3 and College umpire; KSSL assignor; KLUB Training and Rating Coordinator; USL certified Trainer, Observer, and Assignor
  • John Slider (502.548.9712 or 502.231.8118)  USL Level 3 umpire; CL assignor; KY Officials Development Coordinator; USL Officials Education Development Team; USL certified Trainer, Observer, and Assignor

New Umpire Training for the 2021 Season

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The leadership of the Kentucky Lacrosse Umpires Board (KLUB) has determined that the required training for all umpires – new and returning – will be completed online.

The US Lacrosse Convention (LAXCON) will be entirely online and will offer all the classroom instruction required for your first-year training. Online attendance of LAXCON, therefore, will be mandatory, and will be the only training available for persons wanting to umpire in 2021.

LAXCON will be “live” online beginning January 15-16, but all online webinars will be available “on demand.” You may view the webinars at home on your own schedule. USL will be able to provide lists of those who have watched online.

In addition, KLUB will register you for LAXCON and pay your registration fee.

You must be a member of US Lacrosse for KLUB to register you and for you to attend LAXCON.  You will need to join US Lacrosse on your own and send your USL membership number to the training coordinator, Chris Niblock (chris@theniblocks.com), not later than 28 December 2020.  

All Umpires will be hearing further from KLUB leadership regarding the pre-season training.  KLUB understands that this is an unprecedented time and the waiving of KLUB dues and subsidizing of the USL LAXCON fees shows the commitment of KLUB leadership to help to become a Girls Lacrosse Umpire.

If you need help joining US Lacrosse, please contact the state coordinator, John Slider (502.548.9712; 502.231.8118; jwslider@aol.com).


RETURNING UMPIRE TRAINING INFORMATION FOR THE 2021 SEASON

LAX Signal 1x8 NeutralAs we prepare for next year, the Kentucky Lacrosse Umpires Board needs to know if individual officials are returning for the 2021 season.  KLUB respects whatever decision individual umpires make during these times.  
 
Here is important training information for persons who will return to officiate:
  • KLUB dues will not be collected for the 2021 season.
  •  ALL training, except for on-field ratings, will be done online.  US Lacrosse’s Convention will be entirely online in 2021.  The USL Convention (LAXCON) will be mandatory training and will be the only training available for those wanting to umpire in 2021.  Your US Lacrosse membership must be current in order to attend/register for LAXCON.  You may register on your own for $45 or KLUB will register you as part of a group and pay your registration fee ($35). If you wish to be a part of the KLUB group and NOT pay the registration fee, please insure that your USL membership is current and send your USL membership number to the training coordinator, Chris Niblock, not later that 28 December 2020.  Once the sessions have been firmed up KLUB leadership will get back with everyone as to what sessions will be mandatory.  USL will be able to provide lists of those who have watched online.
  • There will not be a 2021 NFHS Girl’s lacrosse rulebook as last year’s will be used.  There will, however, be a new test.

For now, individual umpires must communicate to Chris Niblock (chris@theniblocks.com) regarding intentions for the 2021 season.

All Umpires will be hearing further from leadership regarding the pre-season training.  KLUB understands that this is an unprecedented time and the waiving of the yearly fee ($55 for returning umpires) and the subsidizing of the USL LaxCon fees shows the commitment the Board has taken to helping everyone out and ensuring we are all prepared for whatever 2021 brings.