Since the late 1980s, the LAREDO (LAcrosse REferee DevelOpment) program has been providing training for lacrosse officials around the country.
Originally designed to teach 3-man mechanics to officials in the western United States at events like the Vail Lacrosse Shootout and the Texas A&M fall ball tournament, the program has now spread across the U.S.
LAREDO utilizes regional lacrosse tournaments and summer lacrosse camps as sites for intense and concentrated lacrosse officiating development. The philosophy behind the LAREDO program is to make these clinics accessible to all lacrosse officials from around the country. This balanced representation enables officials from developing and established areas to polish their officiating skills under the instruction of a qualified trainer.
The GLOA is proud to recognize four officials who will be attending various LAREDOs across the country this summer:
Jeffrey St. Amand
For more information about the LAREDO program please visit the US Lacrosse LAREDO Page. For anyone interested in attending a LAREDO this summer, as some spots are still open at various clinics, there is a great article by Hank Friedman entitled “LAREDO Expectations.”
The following is an additional clarification to the 2012 NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules Book:
The 2012 revision to rule 1-7-3 is stated as follows:
All hollow crosse handles must have their open end covered with a plastic or rubber end cap manufactured for a lacrosse stick.
When the rules committee adopted that language, it was believed that plastic and rubber were the only two materials used in the production of lacrosse end caps. It has since been determined that end caps are manufactured for use on a hollow stick using wood. As a result, the rule is further revised for the 2012 season as follows:
All hollow crosse handles must have their open end covered with an end cap manufactured for a lacrosse stick.
Jim Westbrook, one of the founding members of GLOA, was formally inducted into the 2011 Class of the Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Introduced by past president Damien Kavanagh, Jim spoke about his personal history of lacrosse, his experiences officiating, and his transition into coaching.
Jim, I believe every official associated with GLOA both past and present are extremely proud of your recognition but even more proud of your contributions to Georgia lacrosse. To view Jim’s speech please check out the video below.