Umpire

Slow Whistle (Flag) Decision Chart

LAX Signal 46 FlagThe decision to use a Slow Whistle (Flag) seems a complex thought process at first, but when experience is added to knowledge, the application of the slow whistle becomes easier and understandable.  Here is a chart to assist the Girls Lacrosse Umpire in applying the Slow Whistle.

Download Slow Whistle Decision Tree

Slow Whistle Decision Chart


Resources for Umpires

John SliderHere are several resources for 2019 for the Women's Lacrosse Game:

The USL Youth Rules Test and the NFHS Rules Test is now online.  Please read the instructions. Directions for accessing tests:

  1. Go to ArbiterSports
  2. Log In
  3. Click on US Lacrosse Central Hub.  This will take you to ...
  4. US Lacrosse Officials (or you may start here)
  5. Scroll down and click on the button "Officials Development Program"
  6. Scroll down and click on the button "Take a Test"
  7. At this point, you will need to sign on (User Name and Password)
  8. Click on "Catalog"
  9. Click on "Officials"
  10. Click on "Annual Rules Exam"
  11. Make certain that you take the two girls exams

There may be an easier path, but this is how I find it!

 


Learn About the Officials National Structure for US Lacrosse

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The US Lacrosse Officiating National Structure is a multilayered structure that equips US Lacrosse to serve, lead and assist in the overall growth and development of the officiating communities across the country serving the sport and its athletes. The purpose of this structure is to deliver timely and relevant officials development communications, education, certification, programs, leadership and support that enhances the experience of US Lacrosse member officials and the constituents they serve throughout the country.

CONTACT YOUR STATE COORDINATOR for information about individual and association development opportunities

 


2019 Rules Changes for Girls' Lacrosse

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There are some significant rules changes coming for Girls Lacrosse in 2019.  For an overview of the changes from US Lacrosse and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS), please follow these links:

Click here for the NFHS rules changes

Click here for the US Lacrosse rules changes 

Download 2019 US Lacrosse High School Rules Changes


A Comprehensive Training Process Designed to Produce Consistency for Girls' Lacrosse Umpires

LAX Signal 1 NeutralConsistency in officiating is a primary "demand" in all sports.  Sports officials should strive to be consistent for the sake of coaches, players, and spectators.

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The promotional video is available below.  Manuals, Powerpoint Presentations, and Videos are available on this website. 


2018 Girls Lacrosse Signals for Umpires

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The following videos present the signals used by umpires to communicate during games.

Signals for Minor Fouls (4 minutes)  

Signals for Major Fouls (4 minutes) 

Signals for Violations (2 and 1/2 minutes) 

Signals for Game Management (2 and 1/2 minutes) 

Signals for Crew Communication (2 minutes) 


Officials Development, State Coordinator, US Lacrosse

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I am pleased to announce that I have been named as the Women's Game Kentucky State Coordinator, Officials Development, for US Lacrosse.

US Lacrosse Officials Development State Coordinators serve as the primary liaison for their state in connection with US Lacrosse. They will primarily assist with gathering and providing information to and from the Local Officiating Organizations, Certified Trainers, Observers and Assignors in their state throughout the year. They will work with US Lacrosse staff and the Region Coordinator directly to help identify areas of strength, need and opportunity for officials development throughout their state.

The State Coordinators specific duties are:

  • Assist with the selection and facilitation of Certified Trainers and Observers within their region.
  • Provide expertise, advice and direction to the Local Officiating Organizations to assist with the overall development of officials and officiating leadership in their area.
  • Communicate and coordinate directly with US Lacrosse Regional Development and Officials Development Staff to provide information and support for officiating needs.
  • Identify up and coming officials and those experiencing difficulty in developing to differentiate support as needed.
  • Deliver timely and relevant communications, education, certification, programs and support to the officiating communities within their state.
  • Participate in monthly conference calls with the Region Coordinators and other leaders in their region.
  • Complete an annual assessment report on their state.

Fortunately, I shall be able to maintain my involvement as a Women's Game Umpire in Kentucky.  Unfortunately, In order to avoid any appearance of conflict, I am required to resign my position as Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-elect with the Kentucky Lacrosse Umpires Board.

I have communicated both my acceptance of this position and my resignation to the KLUB Executive Committee in the letters attached below.

I look forward to being of greater service to the Women's Lacrosse community in the future.

- John Slider


New Umpire Training Module - Two Person Crew

13094-sprinting-girl-lacrosse-player-stickerAt the 2018 All-Umpires Training Clinic for the Kentucky Lacrosse Umpires Board I was assigned to teach the Two Person Crew module to first and second year Umpires.  US Lacrosse provided a good PowerPoint Presentation and script as a resource for teaching this module.  I "tweaked" the PowerPoint Presentation, added a narration, and saved it as a video which has been posted on YouTube for future reference.