The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) has announced the appointment of four outstanding individuals to the Women’s Officiating Leadership Team ahead of the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s World Cup in Guildford, England this July.
Joining Stephen Taylor (Women’s Officiating Committee Chair) and Jan Jackson (Women’s Rules Committee Chair) will be Head Assignor, Nancy Madsen (USA), Head Mentor / Assessor, Wendy Reynolds (England) and Head Clinicians, Nancy Coffman (USA) and Shoko Noda (Japan).
Stephen said he was very pleased with the four appointments and the vast experience that they bring from around the world. “Nancy, Nancy, Shoko and Wendy have over 100 years of lacrosse experience from three continents and more than 25 world events between them which will benefit the umpires and the competition as a whole.”
Since the first Women’s Field World Cup was held in Nottingham in 1982, the demands on its officials have grown with every event. This summer, the leadership team, with the help of 13 off-field officials, will provide the 39 umpires with a program of training, mentorship, and assessment designed to ensure the highest level of performance.
Stephen added: “We have 25 teams participating from four continents and they deserve to have their games called by umpires who are physically, mentally and educationally prepared to deliver the best officiating any FIL world event has seen.”
The Women’s Officiating Committee has worked closely with the Men’s Officiating Committee, to learn from their successful program and incorporate their best ideas.
“With almost 100 games over the 10 days of competition in Guildford, our officials are going to be put through their paces starting with three days of clinics and testing overseen by the off field officials and the leadership team,” Stephen said. “I am confident that these four appointees will help us achieve our collective goals and I, on behalf of the FIL, am honoured to be working alongside them.”
Full backgrounds for each of the Leadership Team can be found at FIL Lacrosse