USA Lacrosse Certification

This page details the steps every official must take in order to complete your USA Lacrosse certification. Officials who are between 14 and 18 years old and still in high school MUST complete USL certification in order to work.  Adults (over 18 and high school graduates) are encouraged to complete their USA Lacrosse certification as that will be the only insurance other than their personal insurance when they work non-GHSA games. In addition, many summer and fall tournaments now require officials have USA Lacrosse certification.

Classes for youth officials are ONLY held in the Fall around the Labor Day weekend. 

Adults are trained in the Fall and in January prior to the Spring high school season

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you read ALL of this information carefully. 

USA Lacrosse Membership

All youth officials (18 and under and not graduated from high school MUST be USA Lacrosse members.

Adults who plan to do GHSA games who are not USAL members are encouraged, but not required to join.  Adults who only want to work youth games MUST be USAL members. 

Non-USA Lacrosse Adult Members

Adult officials (18+ and graduated from high school) who are not USAL members must take the Fall GLOA Rules Exam and pass with an 85 or higher. All Adult officials who work GHSA games are required to take the GHSA clinic and test in January prior to the Spring season.

Five Steps to Completing Certification

To become a certified USA lacrosse Official you must complete ALL five (5) of these requirements.

Please click the links to learn more about each step.

  1. Register with USA Lacrosse. Many of the problems that arise are a result of expired or linked memberships. If there is a problem you will need to call the US Lacrosse members services at (410) 235-6882, ext. #102 or email [email protected].

    Do not use your parent’s email address!  


  2. Complete the “Boys’ Lacrosse Rules Online Course” and the “Men’s Game Officials Annual Professional Development Module” the USA Lacrosse Learning Platform on the USAL website before the class. This course is a brief introduction to the rules and officiating. THIS IS NOT THE RULES TEST.  You only need to take this online course once. 

    log in to learning.uslacrosse.org and from the Dashboard: Catalog: Officials Education and Development: Officials Rules Course for New Certifying Officials: Boys’ Lacrosse Rules Online Course

  3. Attend the three ONLINE class sessions.  Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to get settled and checked in. Zoom links will be emailed to you after you have registered and completed payment.

  4. Pass BOTH the Boys High School and Youth Tests (90% or higher). These must be taken online through USA Lacrosse! Please wait to take these AFTER you have your rule book and have taken the class.

    Login to learning.uslacrosse.org and from the Dashboard: Catalog: Official Education & Development: USA Lacrosse Annual Rules Exams and Professional Development Courses for Officials

  5. Complete Field Training. You MUST be in full uniform for these games. Participants must attend one (1) of the two shifts on scheduled date and will be able to sign up for their shift once they have completed all the three zoom sessions and all USA Lacrosse requirements. 

More information will be sent out once you have registered.  If you are unable to do so or have a conflict we will work with you to schedule a game on another date. However, If you can’t complete this field training this fall you start the process over. 

Learning.USLacrosse.org

This is the place where you can access the “Boys Lacrosse Rules Online Course” as well as the High School and Youth Tests. 

Visit https://learning.uslacrosse.org.

You must use the email you have registered with your US Lacrosse account, NOT your parents email.

The course and tests MUST be completed under your name and account, if not you will need to retake it. 

Please complete on a laptop or desktop computer. You may experience technical issues on tablet or mobile browsers.

This is FREE for all current USAL members. If you are being asked to pay, check with member services regarding your account (see above)

You will be taking to your Dashboard. Everything you need can be found in the Catalog.

From Catalog, select Officials Education & Development (OED).

Once you are in Officials Education & Development, you will be able to access everything you need to complete. 

2022 Men’s Game Officials Annual Professional Development Module

log in to learning.uslacrosse.org and from the Dashboard: Catalog: Officials Education and Development: USA Lacrosse Annual Rules Exams and Professional Development Courses for Officials: 2022 Men’s Game Officials Annual Professional Development Module

Boys Lacrosse Online Rules Course

Log in to learning.uslacrosse.org and from the Dashboard: Catalog: Officials Education and Development: Officials Rules Courses for New Certifying Officials: Rules Course: Boys’ Lacrosse Rules Online Course

This course is designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of how the game is played, what equipment is required, what the different fouls are, and how to professionally interact with players, coaches, administrators, and your fellow officials.

Boys High School and Boys Youth Rules Exams

Pass BOTH the NFHS and Youth Tests (90% or higher) BEFORE Field Training. These must be taken online! Please wait to take these AFTER you have your rule book and have taken the class.

Log in to learning.uslacrosse.org and from the Dashboard: Catalog: Officials Education and Development: OED Annual Rules Exam: 2022 Boy’s Officials Rules Exam: 2022 Boys High School Rules Exam AND the 2022 Boys Youth Rules Exam

DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!

Payment

The cost of the Fall training is $50.00.

All participants will receive an NFHS Rule Book, USAL Mechanics Manual, a copy of the GLOA Game Guide, Rookie pregame, Fox 40 Finger Whistle, and a Penalty Flag.

Please follow this link to complete payment: paypal.me/ATLLaxRef

Registration is NOT complete until payment has processed.

If you are having difficulty completing payment, please contact Greg Hite at [email protected].

Communication Policy 

Becoming an official is a serious undertaking.  Your child will be responsible for maintaining a safe, fair and fun contest ever time they officiate. They are in charge, not the coaches or the parents.  When they join a league or association, they will be responsible for regularly communicating with assignors, league and team administrators, and fellow officials.

Officials must have their own email address. Parents can not share an email address with their child. 

If you have a question, YOUR CHILD should be the one to contact me. 

Uniform

It is essential that you begin to put your uniform together immediately. You will be officiating your field training game, so you need to be in full uniform. 
 
Beginning in 2022, ALL youth officials working games assigned by GLOA MUST wear the GLOA Yellow Shirt.
 
ALL information on uniforms and equipment, including where to buy online and in Atlanta can be found on our Uniform and Equipment page as well as this post.
 

Getting Games

As we stated in class USA Lacrosse DOES NOT assign games.
 
In order to get games, you need to join a league or association. 
 
register

Youth ONLY registration.

The only men’s lacrosse officials association in Georgia is the Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association (GLOA), that is the group that all GHSA officials are members of.  The group that ran your training was the GLOA. That
 
If you can’t drive, may also contact your local youth team or your high school coach to see how they assign officials; it may through GLOA or the league may assign officials themselves. 
 
Adult Officials planning on working high school (GHSA) games as well as youth games will register using the GHSA system called DragonFly; you can read about the process here
 
Those who plan to work youth games ONLY should sign up here
 
ArbiterSports
 
Most leagues (but not all) use an online assigning system called ArbiterSports (think of it as Signup Genius on steroids).
 
Once your application has been approved by your league or association, they will send you an email inviting you to their arbiter account.  Be sure to be on the lookout for that email as it might go to your spam folder.  
 
Here is an article on how to use Arbiter.
Remember: You must check your email DAILY. 
If you do not accept a game, you will be removed after a few days and assignors will be unlikely to assign you again.  If you accept a game, you MUST show up for the game.  If you do not block a date, you are telling the assignor you are available, so be sure to update and manage your calendar REGULARLY.
 

Recertification

You are certified through January. 
You should automatically receive a copy of the NFHS rule book from USA Lacrosse each year.  
 
Each spring you will need to recertify by:

    • renewing your USAL membership.
    • take the latest NFHS and Youth tests.
    • watching the latest rules videos.
    • attending the free GLOA ONLINE recertification clinic.

Adult officials must also attend training sessions in January. 

Be sure to check galaxref.com regularly for updates.  

You must continue to put work into being a referee by staying in the rule book and the mechanics manual, working games and asking questions.  Remember, this is the beginning of your training not the end of it!  If you have any questions please let us know!
 
As always if you have questions, please reach out to me.
 
Greg Hite
GLOA Board Member and Lead Trainer
USA Lacrosse State Coordinator and Clinician