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MWLOA Offers Women's Lacrosse Training Clinics for New Officials

ROYAL OAK, Mich., Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Michigan Women's Lacrosse Officials Association (MWLOA), a Michigan-based, US Lacrosse-endorsed non-profit, is hosting a series of clinics throughout the state over the next four months for adults interested in officiating women's lacrosse.

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Each clinic is geared to give new officials – and those who would like to enhance their lacrosse officiating skills – the opportunity to learn the basic rules, penalty administration and positioning concepts as one begins the journey to becoming an official of the fastest sport on two feet. The clinics take place:

Wednesday, October 17 & 24, 2012
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Grand Rapids, MI
(two, 3-hour classroom sessions)

Wednesday, November 7 & 14, 2012
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Brighton, MI
(two, 3-hour classroom sessions)

Saturday, November 10, 2012
9:00am - 3:00pm
Grand Rapids, MI
(one, 6-hour classroom session)

Wednesday, January 16 & 23, 2013
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Birmingham, MI
(two, 3-hour sessions)

Saturday, January 26, 2013
9:00am - 3:00pm
Birmingham, MI
(one, six-hour classroom session)

"We are thrilled to be offering so many clinics," said Laura DeMeulemeester, president, Michigan Women's Lacrosse Officials Association. "Introducing lacrosse to Michigan's adults and having them learn the right skills, from some of the best people in the sport today, is exciting. If someone wants to work up to six days a week, get exercise and make some good money, this is the right opportunity! The benefits of playing lacrosse which the players get – such as developing self-confidence, physical fitness, sportsmanship, teamwork, and friendships – also apply for the adults who officiate. The MWLOA is a fantastic organization and lacrosse is an incredible game!"

All adults aged 18+, who welcome the challenge of learning or officiating a new sport are encouraged to sign up and attend one of the clinics. In-season games are played Monday through Saturday from March until June, but tournaments and other play occur year-round. The cost for the six-hour clinic is $50 and includes membership within MWLOA. Membership in US Lacrosse will be required after completion of classroom and prior to any on-field work. Simply email Elaine Torvinen at mwloaSecretary@gmail.com for additional information or to sign up for a clinic. Pre-registration two weeks prior to clinic is required.

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About MWLOA
MWLOA is the only US Lacrosse-endorsed association in the state, and is the original Michigan entity for women's lacrosse officials, having trained hundreds of officials for more than a decade. Several of our officials umpire at the collegiate level and two of our members regularly officiate Division I programs across the nation. In addition to offering comprehensive training and continuing education programs to all MWLOA members throughout the year – including classroom training, on-field work, rule interpretations, mentoring programs, ratings, and support, we also serve as training clinicians for US Lacrosse and the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

Media Contact: Laura DeMeulemeester Michigan Women's Lacrosse Officials Association, 248-495-6665, mwloaLUC@gmail.com

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SOURCE Michigan Women's Lacrosse Officials Association