REDESIGNED WEBSITE - COMING SOON!
At the recently held LHSOA Executive Board Meeting in Baton Rouge. The board formed a committee comprised of Marlon Harrison, Bill Willis, Craig Tyler and Eric Zartler (Chair) to redevelop and oversee the LHSOA website. Our goal is to keep the website fresh and extremely functional. In addition we will be working to produce and distribute a quarterly e-newsletter to all members of the LHSOA. On the Message Board under General Discussion there has been a thread started for the new website. This is your area to lend input into things you would like to see on the redesigned site. We have some great ideas such as a "Central Hub", where when you login to the LHSOA site, you can access commonly used sites such as Arbiter and Hudl without having to reenter user names and passwords. We are also hoping to include a highly functional event calendar that will be constantly updated. In addition, we want you, the members of the LHSOA to help us out by submitting officiating related articles you run across so we can include them as well as pictures from camps, games worked, etc so we can create a really nice photo gallery. We are also going to dedicate a section of the website to education of officials. There will also be a very large section of the website committed to the recruitment of officials. Here, people who are interested in officiating any sport in Louisiana can learn what the expectations are as well as contact an Assignment Secretary in their area for the sport they are interested in. Big changes are on the way, please be patient, and don't forget to get on the Message Board and add your input.
Words From The LHSAA Director Of Officials
Evolution of Our Officiating Program
Welcome to our new website for the Louisiana High School Officials Association. This project has been the dream of our Commissioner, Mr. Kenny Henderson, from the first day that he took the reins of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. As I came in as Director of Officials in August of 2008, I began to work on this project under the charge of the Commissioner that all of our Officials be organized on the same scale and to afford opportunities to both new and experienced Officials. We began by selecting a core group of experienced Officials to come together to form an organization from all the sports that require Officials for the State of Louisiana. On a Sunday afternoon in February of 2009 we gathered Officials at our office in Baton Rouge from the sports of Football, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, and Wrestling to come together to form the Louisiana High School Officials Association (L.H.S.O.A.). A charter was formed with goals and objectives that took months to organize and implement. After numerous meetings, officers were elected and the process was on its path to increase participation for all of our sports, maintain retention for our Officials, develop clinics, camps, and in-service opportunities, and to give a united front and support for all our Officials in our State.
Much progress has been accomplished in a short time. I am excited about the future of officiating in our State and the expanded opportunities that lie ahead. With this new program we will surely experience growing pains. This is expected and is an essential part of the process. I encourage you whether you are a first year Official or a veteran of many years to accept this adventure and strive to be an active member and participant in this organization. With your help we can achieve greatness for the Officials of our great State. I share this comment from one of my former Superintendents, “If it were a lesser job, we would have chosen a lesser person.” Not everyone can officiate. It takes a special person. Thanks for being an Official!
I hope as we move forward that if I can be of any assistance to you in anyway, that you will not hesitate to contact me at this office. I assure you that I do not always have the answers, but with this organization I can point you in the right direction. Thank you again for all you do for our student-athletes of our State.
Keith R. Alexander, Director of Officials
Louisiana High School Athletic Association
Welcome to the new LHSOA Website
Welcome to your new LHSOA website. It is important that all officials create an account for the new site. Once you create an account, you will be able to vote in polls, cruise the message board, and receive news updates via email.
This site has been a work in progress for some time. We have tried to make the site as useful as possible. With this site we hope to gather the information from you to help us better communicate the issues affecting officiating in Louisiana. Please feel free to use the Contact Us form to submit suggestions and feedback about the site. If there are links that we should put up or events you would like to have on the calendar, please let us know. Remember this is your site, so we need to make it fit your needs.
Please view the calendar for all upcoming events. We will have all LHSOA camps listed with complete details and registration forms. Also visit the resource page to find other links and documents that you may need. You can double click the city on the weather module and change the weather to your area. The search module may be the best tool to help you find what you are looking for. Have a question about a rule or play situation? Post it on the message board and get the opinion from your peers.
The LHSOA executive committee is proud of this site. We hope this will give us the tools we need to better serve our membership. We look forward to hearing from you!