Response disappointing for coach-referee clinic


February 07, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Today's first big "Q" came in on the 24-Hour Sportsline (410) 647-2499, and it's a good one from Annapolis youth coach Kathy Samaras regarding concern over officiating in women's sports.

"We have set up an excellent clinic for women's lacrosse coaches and referees, and can you believe that we have gotten garbagio response?" said Samaras, who is with the Chesapeake Women's Lacrosse Association.

"If anybody needs to come, it's our referees. We did it for them to get better, and you have to believe they don't want to get better."

Samaras sees a need for the lacrosse officials to improve simultaneously with the caliber of play and has rounded up an impressive array of speakers, including Old Dominion University coach Sue Stahl, for the clinic.

The workshop for lacrosse coaches and umpires will be conducted Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Annapolis High.

"Sue is the World Cup coach and is considered by her peers to be the best coach in the country," said Samaras.

Also, on the staff is United States Women's Lacrosse Association Umpire Chair Susie Ganzenmuller.

"Suzie is one of only six internationally rated referees, and she will, of course, be doing the umpire clinic," said Samaras.

Samaras says that coaches and referees from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Howard County plan to attend, but is disappointed that only two referees from Anne Arundel have signed up.

There is a $50 fee for the clinic, which includes lunch and a 1993 USWLA Rulebook. Samaras said it's "almost unheard of in girls sports these days, but we are paying the clinicians."

After expenses, the proceeds will go to the Chesapeake Women's Lacrosse Association. For more information, call Samaras at (410) 268-3445.

* Can you believe that the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame has received just a couple nominations for next fall's third annual induction ceremony?

Anyone nominated the first couple years and not selected remains under consideration for three years. Ten have been inducted, and the selection committee is scrutinizing this year's nominations. The selections will be announced in May.

If you have someone who deserves consideration, nomination forms can be picked up at The Baltimore Sun office, 8131 Ritchie Highway in Pasadena, The Capital in Annapolis, Maryland Gazette in Glen Burnie or Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

The county Hall of Fame's mailing address is: AA County Sports Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 280, Linthicum, Md. 21090.

It's the goal of the Hall of Fame to honor the county's best and at the same time raise money for local youth sports. The hall has lined up several Orioles games at Camden Yards for youth groups to raise money by working concession stands. For information, call Lew Holmes at (410) 760-4138.

* Have you heard about the Cavalcade of Stars coming to Michael's on Feb. 16 for the "Take Back Our Streets" Program organized by Sen. Michael Wagner, Cpl. Gordie March and the county police to fight crime in various communities?

Wagner has set up a fund-raiser to support the program, which helped turn around the community of Freetown recently.

The group hopes to raise about $30,000 by selling $100 tickets to spend a night with the likes of ex-Colts greats Johnny Unitas and Artie Donovan, Baltimore Spirit coach Kenny Cooper, WJZ-TV news anchor Al Sanders and WJZ sportscaster John Buren, who will broadcast live from Michael's, Detroit Lions center Kevin Glover (University of Maryland) and the incomparable Charley Eckman, who will serve as master of ceremonies.

An NFL Quarterback Legends football signed by Unitas,

ex-Redskins Joe Theismann and Sonny Jurgensen, and Y.A. Tittle and George Blanda will be raffled off that night. For information, call Michael's at (410) 768-7901.

* Sitting in a room full of reporters and cameramen Thursday night at the Naval Academy's Dahlgren Hall, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda, who was in Annapolis as the guest speaker for the Navy football banquet, was glad to see an old buddy.

Lasorda's face lit up when he saw Eckman for the first time in 25 years, and the two embraced.

Eckman, a former NBA and NCAA basketball referee, once trained Lasorda while he was in the minor leagues, and the two used to beat the bushes together as big-league baseball scouts.

It was the first time Eckman had been in Dahlgren Hall since he refereed five Army-Navy games nearly 40 years ago when the Mids used it as their basketball arena.

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