ABOUT

As the sport of lacrosse grows and evolves, so do the rules and mechanical procedures at all of levels of the game. The purpose of the US Lacrosse Women’s Officials Certification Program is to develop knowledgeable and prepared lacrosse officials at every level of the game.

In order to achieve this, an official must:

  • Undergo continued standardized training in order to stay current in the game
  • Always consider the level of play when officiating
  • Promote the safety of the participants
  • Promote fair play and sportsmanship
  • Work to improve their skill level as an official by moving up to higher levels of certification.

US Lacrosse certification has been developed – and continues to improve – with these goals in mind.

ADULT OFFICIAL CERTIFICATION

Officials new to lacrosse start off as a Level 1 official and they must complete all of the requirements listed below in order to receive their certification to officiate lacrosse games.

  Active US Lacrosse Membership with Official participation

US Lacrosse membership as an official enrolls you into the certification program, provides you with free access to the online course, rules exams and other content, resources and benefits you will need as an official.

  Complete the US Lacrosse Online Rules and Penalty Course

This course is designed to walk a new official through the rulebook so that they have a better grasp of the rules and penalty course before they step into the classroom or onto the field.

  Annual Learning Completion

Your local trainer will conduct the training classes for your area. Depending on the area you may be scheduled into one eight-hour class, or shorter classes held over a few weeks.

  Annual Online Rules Exam

This is an annual exam and all officials must pass this with an 80% or higher each year.

  Pass the Level 1 Field Evaluation

Your local trainer or observer will conduct this evaluation when they feel you are ready. Please check with them to secure a game to be evaluated on. The evaluation is the most critical component of certification as it ensures the official is ready to officiate games at that level and that they have learned the fundamentals needed to officiate lacrosse games.

Officials at every level must complete recertification requirements each season to prove their knowledge of mechanics, stay current on rules changes and continue their development as an official.

  Active US Lacrosse Membership with Official participation
  Annual Learning Completion
  Annual Online Rules Exam

Level 1 officials interested in earning their Level 2 certification must complete all of the requirements listed below in order to receive their certification.

  Current Level 1 Certification
  Active US Lacrosse Membership with Official participation
  Annual Learning Completion
  Annual Online Rules Exam
  Pass the Level 2 Field Evaluation

Officials at every level must complete recertification requirements each season to prove their knowledge of mechanics, stay current on rules changes and continue their development as an official.

  Active US Lacrosse Membership with Official participation
  Annual Learning Completion
  Annual Online Rules Exam

Level 2 officials interested in earning their Level 3 certification must complete all of the requirements listed below in order to receive their certification.

  Current Level 2 Certification
  Active US Lacrosse Membership with Official participation
  Annual Learning Completion
  Annual Online Rules Exam
  Pass the Level 3 Field Evaluation

Officials at every level must complete recertification requirements each season to prove their knowledge of mechanics, stay current on rules changes and continue their development as an official.

  Active US Lacrosse Membership with Official participation
  Annual Learning Completion
  Annual Online Rules Exam

JUNIOR OFFICIAL CERTIFICATION

Junior Official Certification is for anybody that is 18 and under who wishes to officiate lacrosse games. It is recommended that junior officials only officiate youth games for players that are at least two age levels below their age.

  Active US Lacrosse Membership with Official participation

US Lacrosse membership as an official enrolls you into the certification program, provides you with free access to the online course, rules exams and other content, resources and benefits you will need as an official.

  Complete the US Lacrosse Online Rules and Penalty Course

This course is designed to walk a new official through the rulebook so that they have a better grasp of the rules and penalty course before they step into the classroom or onto the field.

  Annual Learning Completion

Your local trainer will conduct the training classes for your area. Depending on the area you may be scheduled into one eight-hour class, or shorter classes held over a few weeks.

  Annual Online Rules Exam

This is an annual exam and all officials must pass this with an 80% or higher each year.

  Pass the Junior Officials Field Evaluation

Your local trainer or observer will conduct this evaluation when they feel you are ready. Please check with them to secure a game to be evaluated on. The evaluation is the most critical component of certification as it ensures the official is ready to officiate games at that level and that they have learned the fundamentals needed to officiate lacrosse games.

Similar to adult officials, previously certified junior officials must complete recertification requirements each season to prove their knowledge of mechanics, stay current on rules changes and continue their development as an official.

  Active US Lacrosse Membership with Official participation
  Annual Learning Completion
  Annual Online Rules Exam
  Pass the Junior Officials Field Evaluation