2016 UMPIRE AWARDS
Each year the WWLUA Board has the pleasure of recognizing umpires who have made significant contributions to WWLUA and women’s lacrosse. This year the Board recognizes and presents awards to the following officials:
WWLUA Honor Roll: Mike Bucy, Leo Bundick, Alexis Chittenden, Jeff Gillard, Casandra Gorell, Jeff Grose, Edith Harris, Elise Heimowitz, Lyn Porterfield, Troy Roper, Kaitlyn Thompson, and Jamie Weaver. These officials made a major contribution to WWLUA during the spring season by officiating or serving as a rater for 30 or more youth and high school games.
Youth Rookies of the Year: Sarah McCall and Madison Perry. Both of these new officials worked hard during their inaugural season and each officiated 24 games.
Adult Rookies of the Year: Brian Jovag and David Turley. Both of these umpires officiated over 20 games and did an exceptional job during their first season as adult officials.
Road Warrior Award: Leo Bundick. Leo earned this award for the third year in a row. Leo traveled over 4,000 miles during the spring season. In recognition of this contribution, Leo will again receive a coupon to Jiffy Lube for a free oil change.
Life Saver Awards: Mike Bucy, Leo Bundick, Jeff Gillard, Jeff Grose, Edith Harris, Lyn Porterfield, and Troy Roper. Each of these umpires officiated or served as a rater for 50 or more youth and high school games during the spring season. WWLUA would not have been able provide officials for over 1,200 games this past spring without the contribution of these dedicated and hard working officials.
2016 Lorrie McKay Service Award: Leo Bundick. This award is presented to Leo in recognition of his dedication and contributions to WWLUA and women’s lacrosse. Leo assisted WWLUA during the spring season by helping train youth officials, officiating or serving as a rater for 50 games, serving as a bench official, helping officiate a state playoff game, and driving all over the state of Washington to help cover games. Leo has always been available when help is needed and is pleasure to have on the field in stripes.
2017 US Lacrosse National Convention
The 2017 US Lacrosse National Convention and Fan Fest will be held January 20-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. This is the largest lacrosse educational event and will include over 150 clinics and on-field training demonstrations and have over 200 speakers. Clinics and workshops will be offered for officials, coaches and US Lacrosse volunteers. The keynote speaker will be John O’Sullivan, founder and CEO of Changing the Game, a programs to help parents, coaches and youth sports organizations put more “play” in playing sports.
Visit the US Lacrosse National Convention webpage at 2017 US Lacrosse National Convention for more information.
Off-season conditioning is considered to be the most important part of an individual’s conditioning program. This is especially true for lacrosse officials who are involved in intense and prolonged physical activity while officiating games often followed by an extended off-season with limited time on the field and significantly reduced physical activity.
Proper off-season conditioning allows officials to recover from an active season in stripes and then prepare physically and mentally for the next season. Regular exercise and stretching will help maintain flexibility and fitness during months off the field. Youth fitness specialist Alex Slezak said it well when he stated “The more you sweat in time of peace, the less you bleed in times of war”.