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
- Gordon Corsetti
- Jeremy Redmon
- Kurt Trampel
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.”
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I had the pleasure of attending the Scholastic Officials Committee Training Clinic held at UNC Chapel Hill with fellow GLOA officials Jeff Greene and Kurt Trampel this past weekend. The three of us officiated approximately 6-8 games apiece with college officials watching us and critiquing each element of our game that needed refining. Rick Wooten and Mike Williamson, the organizers of the clinic and a combined 60 plus years of lacrosse officiating experience, did a phenomenal job bringing in college officials with years of experience to coach all of us through two and three man mechanics.
It is a major benefit to officiate a game and get immediate feedback from refs who officiate at the highest levels of our sport. Having these refs shadow us on the sideline, absorbing critiques after the games and just listening to their game stories was an absolute treat and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
I cannot recommend this clinic enough for anyone who is interested in improving their officiating. Learning new skills, having immediate critiques, officiating with guys from different states and enjoying the camaraderie of it all was a blast.
If anyone is interested there is a second SOC training clinic from July 30 – August 2 also at UNC Chapel Hill. Follow that link and send an email to either Mike Williamson or Rick Wooten if you are interested in attending. They are expecting around twenty teams so you will get plenty of games and plenty of opportunities to improve your game.
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