officials’ training class on the Eastern Shore included 12 young women, all high school girls who play the sport. They were from the Easton area and Kent Island along with one father. All of them completed the training program and began working youth games in local leagues.
“I watched them several times during the spring season and was ver y impressed with their professionalism and ability,” Gilmore said.
“At this point, you may well wonder why I write this,” he said. “The answer is simple: we need more officials. The girls playing this sport need more officials. The coaches in this sport need more officials. The growth of the sport requires more officials. Please keep in mind that lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in the country and the number of officials needs to keep up with that growth.”
Youth games pay each official $50 for a one-hour game. Middle and high school games — where officials work in pairs — pay $65-$80.
A training class, sanctioned by U.S. Lacrosse, has been planned to begin in Easton in February and March. “We hope that it will be a lot larger than the one held in 2016,” Gilmore said. “We hope you’ll be there.”
The classes are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, March 4, and March 11. The March 18 class will be on the field. All classes are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon in downtown Easton. The cost is $125 and includes rule book, training manual, and handouts.
Those interested must attend four classes. If you have scheduling difficulties, or other questions, please contact Deb Carney (email@example.com) or Paul Gilmore (firstname.lastname@example.org).