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GRALOA is the  Boys Lacrosse Officials Association for West Michigan.

Online training and webinars are being offered by US Lacrosse. Click here for more information: https://www.uslacrosse.org/webinar

While we face an unprecedented situation in the country right now, we tend to focus on things that provide us a sense of normalcy or connection to others. For many of us, that is officiating and being involved in the game of lacrosse. Many of us are involved in officiating because it provides us an opportunity to stay involved in the game and provides some additional income. But more importantly it provides all of us a connection to a community.

In order to provide our officials with that sense of community we are going to be offering a series of live webinars each week on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The schedule and registration for each webinar is listed below.

We want to encourage you to send this to the officials in your local organization to provide them with an opportunity to stay engaged.

All these webinars will be recorded and available the next day at http://www.learning.uslacrosse.org

Monday
3/23/20
9:00 PM
Staying Connected

Tuesday
3/24/20
9:00 PM
Developing a Mentor/Mentee Relationship

Tuesday
3/31/20
9:00 PM
2-Person Positioning & Mechanics

Tuesday
4/7/20
9:00 PM
Speed Up the Game

Tuesday
4/14/20
9:00 PM
3-Person Positioning & Mechanics

Tuesday
4/21/20
9:00 PM
You Get What You Allow – Using “The Ramp”

Tuesday
4/28/20
9:00 PM
“Ask the Crew Chief” – LIVE

You may also view other webinars we are hosting and check for updates at http://www.uslacrosse.org/webinar

Certification Questions

We have received many questions about how local organizations can complete certification requirements for officials. We have developed a learning and development curriculum available at http://www.learning.uslacrosse.org for your officials to complete their annual learning and testing requirements online.

All officials seeking certification or recertification for 2020 need to complete at least four of the courses or webinars offered for credit towards their annual classroom requirement for certification.

In addition, all officials must complete the annual rules exam, the rule interpretation webinar and the online rules and penalty course if they have not already done so.

These learning and development opportunities are to supplement or replace local in-person training opportunities for this season that may be lost, this curriculum is offered to our member officials to stay involved in officiating lacrosse and to prepare them for games once they resume.

On-field portions and evaluations will have to be postponed until once games resume and summer and fall tournaments may provide us an opportunity to conduct those.

Your officials can access these packages by following these steps”

Go to http://www.learning.uslacrosse.org and log in using your US Lacrosse account
Go to Catalog > 2 – Officials
On the bottom there will be two different curriculum packages you may select based on the game you officiate.
Click enroll and get started!

Register with MHSAA here: http://bit.ly/2qOPovk

Officials must register with GRALOA before they can be assigned to any games. Download the registration form here.

See the “Schedule” Tab for GRALOA Training Dates.  GRALOA Trainings help you meet Member In Good Standing (MIGS) for tournament consideration and offer you the opportunity to better yourself as a boys lacrosse official in West Michigan and beyond.  We hope you can join us as much as possible.