Nassau County Lacrosse Officials Association, Inc.
Message from the President
December 5, 2017
Again, I want to thank you all for the honor bestowed on me as the President of the NCLOA. The Nassau County Lacrosse Officials Association is the premier lacrosse officials association in the country. I sincerely believe that the entire board of directors are here to serve the membership and to lead the association. You have heard me say that every member of our association should have a "go to" board member. That is someone that you can trust and approach with any issue you may have.
2017 was a very productive year for the NCLOA. We received two grants to help elevate our observers program to a higher standard. I am happy to say that in 2018, we will be receiving another grant to help support this program and expand it. We will be following the US Lacrosse observation program protocol. Our observers will be instructed on what they should be looking for and helping to correct any insufficiency they may see.
Our observers will be chosen from our top rated officials. Preseason, every official will be given a copy of this outline so that even if they aren`t being observed, they will know what an observer would be looking for. We will have officials observed at every level, PAL through Varsity games. Any official can request to be observed.
In 2017 we had over 100, 3 man games on the Varsity level. That equated to 100 more slots where officials were needed compared to when all games were 2 man. We had excellent feedback from the coaches about the 3 man game. Hopefully, that number will increase in 2018 and eventually to every Varsity game. The more 3 man games, the more officials will be needed on the Varsity level. We also saw the first paid scrimmages. It sounds like that will also be expanded this year.
Learn how to improve your performance on the field by "Watching, Asking and Doing". get out and watch preseason high school and college games. Ask the officials on the field questions after the game. They will be glad to answer your questions. Then, follow through by doing what you saw the veteran officials do.
Every one of our membership meetings touches on some type of education for officials. Whether it is instruction on mechanics, rule change enforcement, or just questions about issues that have come up in games that week. Coming to our meetings will make you a better official.
I am looking forward to working with all of you and having an excellent 2018 season.