Uniforms and Equipment

It is important to look professional.  You do not need to spend a lot of money to do so.  If you are a new official, focus on the key pieces: good hat and shirt and a pair of black shorts.  You can always add to your collection. All uniforms should fit properly, be clean and in good shape (with no rips, tears, or holes).

Officials paired together for a specific game shall coordinate uniforms pregame and wear the same uniform on the field as determined by the Referee.

Below you will find what to buy, where to buy it and info on where your patches should go. You can also check out The GLOA Gear page for information.

Regular Season GHSA Uniform

The uniform requirements the regular season for includes:

  • Stripped Shirts (2-inch vertical black/white stripes with black collar and black cuffs and a pocket on the left breast; long sleeve and short sleeve), GHSA logo above breast pocket and US flag on left shoulder. Required for 2020 GHSA contestes
    • The one-inch stripped shirt is acceptable for non-GHSA contests.
  • Undershirt Solid black t-shirt or turtleneck. Note: Any visible undergarments must be black.
  • Shorts Solid black with belt loops, no mesh lacrosse or basketball shorts.
  • Shoes All black; mark out any white logos or swooshes with a black marker – shined. Cleats are not required, but may be worn on natural grass surfaces. Many of our officials wear turf shoes or basketball shoes on turf fields.
  • Socks All black ankle socks. No calf length  or no-see-ums.
  • Belt 1 1/4 – 2 inches in width, solid black with a plain buckle.
  • Hat (black baseball style cap with white piping)- be sure to always have a nice hat!
  • Fox 40 Finger Whistle (spare optional)- a lanyard whistle may be used for faceoffs.
  • Digital Wrist Watch Must have countdown timer function.
  • Flags Two yellow with black tip.
  • Scorecard May use a plastic one or a paper one you print out or use an index card.
  • Pencil Golf or library pencil is fine. May purchase “bullet pencil” from officials store.
  • Coin (Half-dollar size or larger). GLOA coins are available to members who have worked two full seasons.
  • 6’ Mini Tape Measure small, not the Bob the Builder size, but at least 6 feet.
  • 20-second Timer There are 2 types: the 20 second timers and the 1:40/20 second timers, the later is great for managing time outs and time between periods.
  • Coaches Certification Cards GLOA cards are available to officials who are assigned as Referees; email swag@galaxref.com  if you need more or you may download a PDF on the Resources page.

Optional Equipment

These are things you may want to keep in your bag particularly in you are working in an area where Lacrosse is a just getting started.

Check out the post on optional and required equipment: Essential Equipment.”

  • Jacket  All black.
  • Long Pants All black rain pants with belt loops. No white stripe or GHSA logo.
  • Gloves All black.
  • Gear Bag You use a men’s toiletry bag (aka Dop Kit) for all your whistles, flags, cards and coins. Gear bags embroidered with your name and the GLOA logo are available
  • Whistle Bag (Small bag for flags, whistles etc.)
  • Magic Eraser
  • Zip Ties
  • Sunscreen


If you are officiating a GHSA sanctioned contest you should have a GHSA patch above your breast pocket and a US flag on your left shoulder.  GHSA no longer provides patches and so all shirts should be sublimated.

If you are officiating a non-GHSA event, you should NOT wear a GHSA logo.

You may wear your 1-inch striped shirt with GLOA logo or a US Lacrosse Patch on the left shoulder. The top of the patch should be roughly 3 inches down from the shoulder seam.

DO NOT wear the GLOA and the USL patch on the same shirt.

US Flag Patch

American Flag patches are optional for non GSHA contests. They should be located directly above the pocket on the left breast.

Summer and Fall Uniform

summeruniGLOA summer shirt and the white GLOA hat for off-season games.

Youth officials are more than welcome to purchase the green shirts to work GLOA games in the summer and fall.

These may be purchased through the GLOA online gear store.

Summer shirts do run small, so you may want to order a size larger than you normally wear. New adult officials who work summer games will be reimbursed for a shirt at the end of the summer season.

If you need have questions, email swag@galaxref.com.


Uniform & Equipment Stores

You can often find package deals if you are just starting out.  Shorts and socks can be found at discount stores like WalMart,Target, TJ Max or  Bealls.

There is on store in Atlanta that we know of that sells officials gear.

Four Seasons Sporting Goods
5309 Old National Highway
College Park, GA 30349

(404) 768-7989

We buy most of our equipment online: