Keeps Up With the Pace of Play

Mar 18, 2015

Being a young official makes it hard to form working bonds with coaches because nearly all of them are older than me and I do not have the same life experiences to relate to. Fortunately a few years ago there was a high school coach closer to my age, and we had a good give and take whenever I officiated one of his team's games. I thought our ages made the coach/official relationship better, but that was not the case. This coach made a comment that stuck with me. He said: "Gordon, I don't always agree with your calls but you always hustle and you don't take plays off.

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That’s a Ward! Stick Protection 101 for Boys Lacrosse

Mar 17, 2015

US Lacrosse resident official Gordon Corsetti makes the case for what constitutes a warding violation (and what doesn't) in lacrosse.

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Worst Evaluation Ever

Feb 18, 2015

Getting evaluated can be a positive or negative experience depending entirely on how you approach the evaluation.

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Correct Application: A Hard Key to Officiating Success

Feb 17, 2015

Officials often joke that “the rules are overrated.” Our resident zebra explains why knowing the rules is the easy part, but applying them correctly is tough.

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In The Driver’s Seat

Feb 06, 2015

New officials are terrible. This is not news, and I am not writing this to discourage new officials currently working games or any individuals just starting off in stripes. I can tell you that new officials aren’t good because I was a terrible official starting off. I made mistake after mistake in every area of officiating: mechanics, positioning, rules knowledge, judgment, game management, and consistency. I made up for this with a willingness to learn and add to my meager officiating skill set.

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Don’t Give Us the New Ref! A Lacrosse Official’s Perspective

Feb 05, 2015

New doesn't automatically mean bad—it means new. Our resident official lays out reasonable expectations for youth lacrosse officials and parents this season.

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Smooth Operators Make the Best Refs

Jan 28, 2015

Pick these four timely pause points to collect yourself before and during games.

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Rules and Mechanics

Jan 27, 2015

I thought for a long while about what my first article on the Central Hub should be about. This area would be the place for boy’s lacrosse officials to go for relevant posts, training videos, and rule tests that any US Lacrosse official member could access. For that reason I wanted my first article to start off with a bang. Maybe something on handling a particularly difficult situation. Or perhaps digging into a convoluted rule that still gives me trouble no matter how often I read it.

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Top 10 Boys Lacrosse Rule Myths: Busted

Jan 09, 2015

Confused about a situation you've seen on the lacrosse field? Our resident official digs in to the rulebook to debunk the top 10 boys lacrosse rule myths.

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It’s All About Perspective

Dec 16, 2014

The job of all officials is to not let any other perspectives influence the focus on player safety and fairness. Our resident zebra uses a visual to demonstrate.

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