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Nassau County Lacrosse Officials Association, Inc.

Message from the President

December 16, 2018

To My Fellow Officials:

I would like to thank all of you for the honor of being President of the NCLOA. This is not a responsibility I take lightly. I will work with the other members of the board to insure that our association remains the premier lacrosse officials' association. I encourage all of you to be involved and participate, bring your ideas and suggestions to myself or any member of the NCLOA board. The more members involved, the stronger our association becomes. The NCLOA board members bring vast experience and knowledge and I have no doubt their many talents will be a tremendous assets contributing to the continued growth of our association.

2019 will be a pivotal year for our association. The OCC board is getting ready to begin the negotiating process with BOCES on the next contract. Recently all sports were invited to present what they wanted included in the negotiations. Our request was to have 3 officials on every regular season varsity game. Our presentation included a letter of endorsement of the 3 man game from the Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association and was well received at this preliminary stage. Updates on the negotiations will be sent to the membership when they are received. Last season there were more 3 man regular season games than in prior years. I anticipate that number will increase again this spring. Our continued focus on implementing the 3 man game makes it imperative that our members become proficient and comfortable with the 3 man mechanics. 

We need to be ready when BOCES approves the 3 man game. All current Varsity officials should be comfortable with 3 man mechanics. Current JV officials with 3 years or more experience should also start to become familiar with the 3 man game if you haven't already. The Board has had discussions regarding the annual 3 Man Observation Clinic at a Hofstra scrimmage as well has a voluntary classroom clinic. Information regarding both will be sent out via the NCLOA Alert system when finalized.

There have been changes to the 2019 NFHS Boys Lacrosse rules. The new rules place greater emphasis on player safety. There are changes in some of the mechanics and some new POE's all of which each of us need to be familiar with prior to stepping on the field in March. Most will be discussed at the mandatory rules clinic in February, as well as at the general membership meetings throughout the season. US Lacrosse offers Power Point and videos on their website under the Officials tab. I encourage all of you to take a look at them. 

In closing, the 2019 season is rapidly approaching. Now is the time for all of us to prepare. Start your pre-season training if you haven't already. Get started on learning the rules, by now all of you should have received your 2019 NFHS Rulebook.  Replace any worn out uniform shirts, pants and hats. 

I look forward to working with all of you to make 2019 another successful season for the NCLOA.

Gary Sanchez
President NCLOA