The Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association (GLOA), founded in 2002, is the premier lacrosse officials association in the state and assigns the vast majority of GHSA officials in Georgia, as well as most of adult, high school and youth games and tournaments throughout the year. The GLOA is committed to meeting the demand for professional well-trained officials, but in order to keep pace with the growth of the sport, we need to recruit over 70 new officials for the 2016 season.
Lacrosse continues to be the fastest-growing sport at the high school level in the United States. In Georgia, boy’s lacrosse has grown dramatically since the 1990s when only a few teams played in the Atlanta area. This spring, the GLOA assigned over 700 GHSA games alone. There are twelve new schools registered to play lacrosse in the Georgia High School Association for the 2016 spring season; bringing the number of programs to 113. The growth at the youth level has been just as astounding. Another factor that increases the demand for officials is the rise in the number of three man crews requested for varsity games.While having the played the sport is helpful, no lacrosse experience is necessary. Some of our best officials did not grow up playing or watching the sport. Basketball officials in particular tend to make the transition to lacrosse the fastest, but officials from other sports are highly encouraged to join! GLOA has a nationally recognized training program. You can learn game from experienced trainers in the classroom and veteran officials on the field.
In addition to having the best seat in the house, lacrosse officials run around five miles per game so it’s a great way to stay in shape and you can earn extra money while doing something you love!
August Class/Fall Games
A Training class will be held in August and new officials will have the opportunity to work numerous fall games with experienced officials.
For more information, visit galaxref.com, click on the Membership tab and select New Officials Registration to join.
If you have any questions relating to the registration process, please contact GLOA Board members Bill Powell or Greg Hite at [email protected].
Please forward this appeal to anyone in your organization that you think would be interested in becoming a lacrosse official and help us to grow and serve the game of lacrosse in Georgia. You may also click the image of the poster above and download a PDF to hand out or post.
Please help us get the word out and grow the game!
President, Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association