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| Oct 29, 2021

USA Lacrosse Launching Free Officials Training Series for Box Lacrosse

By USA Lacrosse Press Release

USA Lacrosse is pleased to announce the launch of a free, six-part online training series for new box lacrosse officials. This educational series is open to both men’s and women’s officials who wish to become more familiar with the box lacrosse game and the officiating mechanics involved with that discipline.

The virtual series will launch on Thursday, Nov. 4, and continue weekly except for Thanksgiving week. Sessions will also be recorded and available for on-demand access via

Veteran box lacrosse referees Ian Garrison and Rob Gross will serve as the keynote presenters for the series.

USA Lacrosse hopes that the series will provide support, instruction, and greater game understanding for men and women who wish to become box lacrosse officials. 

The general lineup of sessions is as follows: 

● Week 1 (Nov. 4) -- High-Level Box Lacrosse Game & Officiating Overview
Discussion points to include game rules, players, equipment, floor markings, substitution areas, timing, face offs, and the role of the official.
-- Week 1 registration link

● Week 2 (Nov. 11) -- Rulebook Deep Dive & Important Penalty Infractions, Part 1
Discussion points to include penalty administration, safety checks, off-field officials, communication, big fouls and the qualifications for 2-min vs. 5-min vs. match penalty.
-- Week 2 registration link

● Week 3 (Nov. 18) -- Infractions and Situations, Part 2
Discussion will include determining legal vs. illegal contact in box lacrosse.  Topics to include body checking, player picks, checking from behind, boarding, and more.
-- Week 3 registration link

● Week 4 (Dec. 2) -- Infractions and Situations, Part 3
Discussion to include cross checking, slashing, and commonly misunderstood penalty situations that may result in a penalty shot.
-- Week 4 registration link

● Week 5 (Dec. 9) -- Infractions and Situations, Part 4
Discussion will focus on officiating one of the most critical areas of the game, the crease.
-- Week 5 registration link 

● Week 6 (Dec. 16) – General Series Recap and Wrap Up
This session will be a series wrap-up that goes over some of the key differences between the field game and box lacrosse, as well as some of the most discussed content during the six-week series.
-- Week 6 registration link

A separate registration is required for each weekly session. All sessions are presented free of charge.

Additional information about box lacrosse, including the full USA Lacrosse rule set, is available online at  

In addition, attendees at LaxCon2022, January 14-16 in Baltimore, will have multiple box lacrosse sessions available among the educational offerings.