Junior Official Certification is for anybody that is between the ages of 14 and 18 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 USA Lacrosse Membership with Official participation
USA Lacrosse membership as an official enrolls you into the certification program, provides you with free access to online courses, rules exams recorded webinars, downloadable resources and insurance benefits.
Complete the Boys' or Girls' Lacrosse Rules Online Course
This course explains the rulebook so that new officials have a better grasp of the rules and how to differentiate between legal and illegal checking.
Annual Classroom 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. Contact a local coordinator for information on local training classes.
This is an annual exam and all officials must pass this with an 85% 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.