Observation Program

The GLOA Observation program was implemented two years ago and serves the Association in three primary ways. By improving the GLOA’s training program, serving as a form of quality control by ensure that all members are meeting the high standards set by the Association and as a key component of the Officials Certification Program. The Association had 11 observers for the 2016 season.  Approved Observers: Jeff Green, Andy Halperin, Bill Powell, Dale Hall. Certified Observers: Jon Oschner, Trey Towery, Stuart Smith, Tony Rouse, Ryan Rowe, Greg Hite. Ryan Rowe served as the Observation Coordinator.

obsbyMech2016 Season

The 2016 season was a very successful for the program.  The GLOA completed 41 observations on 38 different GLOA Officials during the 2016 season. 13 officials were Registered, 22 Approved, and 6 Certified.  49 different schools were involved in the contests and all were varsity games. 15 three-man mechanic and 26 two-man mechanic games were observed.  We have completed 59 observations since the inception of the program. Trainers and assigners have used the data to calibrate training plans and revise assignments.

2017 Program Update

In the three years the program has been running, 64 observations have been conducted by the GLOA on 58 officials. In an effort to increase the number of officials evaluated each season, the program will now observe multiple officials each game. This practice is consistent with other programs, including other Associations e.g. Washington Area Lacrosse officials Association (WALOA), US Lacrosse’s LAREDO program and the National Intercollegiate Lacrosse Officials Association (NILOA).

For each scheduled observation, only one official per contest was observed. Observations consisted of both qualitative and subjective assessments and took into account a number of factors including the level of play, officiating partners, and environmental conditions in order to accurately assess the official’s on field performance. Officials were observed pregame, throughout the entire contest as well as post game. The GLOA observers will utilize a standardized observation form. Both officials on the game will receive their entire game fee and the observer will receive a $50 stipend.


Three different types of evaluations can occur: Periodic, Certification Advancement and Requested.

  • Periodic: All GLOA officials will be required to be evaluated at least once every three years with a score provided.
  • Certification Advancement: An Official must be observed with a passing score in order to advance to the next level of certification (Registered, Approved, and Certified).
  • Requested: Any Officials may request an observation. It may count towards one of the requirements above or may be solely for personal development. Scored or Unscored.

ObsbyYrAll GLOA officials will be required to be evaluated at least once every three years with a score provided. In the initial phase of the program GLOA is working towards completing an evaluation for all of its members. The first two types of evaluations require scoring while the third does not. Both of the first two types of observations will be fully funded under the program. The third will require the official to forfeit his game fee to the observer. Officials who request observation may choose to opt out of scoring. Any of the evaluations can count as any of the others as long as scores are completed. All observations conducted were periodic.


A person being observed may not be observed until at least two weeks has elapsed between observations. This period of time will allow improvement, and cooling off to occur between observations. Observers will be assigned to games through the Arbiter. The observer will notify the official to be observed as well as his partner via email within 48 hours of the assignment being published that an observation has been scheduled and who is to be observed. If multiple observations are done on a single official inside a single calendar year different observers will be assigned each time.

Observers will be required to be at the game for the pre-game as well as a short post game with the official. The observer should not inject himself in the officials’ pre-game unless asked specific questions. The observer will observe one official for 4 quarters. At the discretion of the official being observed as well as the referee on the game the observer may make comments at half time or not. Observers must submit the observation to their assigned observation partner for review prior to official submittal of the observation. After review a copy of the evaluation must be submitted to the Observers Coordinator as well as the official being observed within 48 hours of the observation.

Scoring Metric

  • 15 x 1 (poor) = 15
  • 15 x 2 (fair) = 30
  • 15 x 3 (good) = 45
  • 15 x 4 (very good)= 60
  • 15 x 5 (excellent) = 75

Score Observation Recommendation

0-29 Does not meet the expectations for an official at the level of play observed.
30-38 Met only the minimal requirements for the level of play and may struggle at a higher level.
39-50 Met most of the expectations and should be observed again later before being considered for more challenging games.
51-65 Met the expectations and should be considered for more challenging games.
66-75 Exceeded expectation for the level of play; met every challenge successfully. Should strongly be considered for more challenging games.

For an official to advance to the next level of certification, they MUST receive a score of 51 or higher.


It is imperative that observers be compensated for their work. In order to develop a self-sustaining program the GLOA Executive Board will allocate money from existing/future sources toward the observation program. Both officials on the game will receive their entire game fee and the observer will receive a $50 fee. In addition, the GLOA  has again applied to the Georgia US Lacrosse Chapter for $1,500 in supplemental funding in order to minimize the financial impact on the association and its members.

ObsConclusionsObservation Results

23 officials were recommended to progress to the next level. 15 officials were asked to show some improvement before being observed again. 3 were asked to show significant improvement before being observed again.


Any official who felt as though they were been unfairly or incorrectly observed has the option to appeal the observation. Appeals will not be accepted for officials who admittedly perform poorly, but feel as though they could do better. Once an appeal has been completed the determination is final.

The appeal should be sent directly to the Observers Coordinator and will be handled in different ways depending on the situation. If possible the Observers Coordinator in conjunction with a minimum of two executive board members will make the decision on the appropriate course of action including, but not limited to the following techniques:

  1. Confer with the observer
  2. Discuss the game with the officials partner
  3. Acquire and review game film of the game in question
  4. Complete a supplemental observation of the official free of charge
  5. Once an appeal has been completed the determination is final. Beyond the appeal process the official may request additional observations as outlined in this document.

Beyond the appeal process the official may request additional observations.