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Officials Assigner Certification

About

USA Lacrosse recognizes the important role that assigners of lacrosse officials play in the quality of experience for all participants.

Assigning officials to games is challenging. It is an essential part of allowing the games to be played safely and fairly. When done well, assigning has the most positive impact on player safety. It also is an activity that can also lead to controversy and dissatisfaction if not executed professionally and methodically.

Over the next two years the organization hopes to provide expanded support and resources for assigners of lacrosse for high school and youth as they look to responsibly provide qualified officials to support our rapidly growing sport.

Assigner Certification

The assigner certification program purpose is to provide and deliver initial comprehensive skill training as well as ongoing professional growth and development for lacrosse assigners.

To accomplish this by using the requirements listed below and focusing on the important role of assigners in the game and how they can be a conduit for excellent officiating and how they can achieve that effectively, efficiently and responsibly.

Application

Applications are now closed.  Assigner Certification applications for 2022 will open in the fall.

Interested applicants should be:
  • An official, assigner or other program administrator with at least three years of officiating on and/or off the field experience in their area.
  • Past experience assigning and scheduling officials is a plus, but not required.
    • Please note, this certification program does not grant anyone the right or privilege to be an assigner in an area. That is dictated contractually with independent leagues and officiating organizations outside of USA Lacrosse and at the local and/or state levels. 
How Will US Lacrosse Evaluate the Applications?

Applications are evaluated by USA Lacrosse Officials Development USA Lacrosse Regional Managers and based on the following criteria:

Quality of the application:

  • All fields are complete.
  • Questions are clearly answered.
  • Includes two recommendations from local area officials

Certification Requirements

Those wishing to achieve their certification as an assigner must complete all of the requirements below.

  1. Apply using the link on this page.
  2. Have a current USA Lacrosse Membership with Official Participation
  3. Register into the Certified Assigner program and pay the $100 registration fee.
  4. Initiate a background check through USA Lacrosse's background check provider NCSI.
  5. Complete the USA Lacrosse Boy's or Girl's Rules Online Course at learning.uslacrosse.org
  6. Complete the USA Lacrosse Certified Assigner Online Course (link provided after registering).
  7. Sign the "Professional Standards for Assigners" Agreement (included in the Assigner Online Course)
  8. Pass the upcoming season's rules tests (NFHS or Collegiate + USA Lacrosse Youth) with an 85% or better at learning.uslacrosse.org.
  9. Complete the USA Lacrosse Cultural Competency Online Course at learning.uslacrosse.org

Recertification Requirements

Those who have completed their initial certification requirements must recertify annually in order to maintain their status as a certified assigner.

  1. Have a current USA Lacrosse Membership with Official Participation
  2. Maintain a current background check through US Lacrosse's background check provider NCSI.
  3. Complete the Annual Recertification Program Registration 
  4. Complete the Annual Assigning Analysis Report (link provided during the recertification period)
  5. Signed “Professional Standards for Assigners” Agreement (included in the Annual Analysis Report)
  6. Pass the upcoming season's rules tests (NFHS or Collegiate + USA Lacrosse Youth) with an 85% or better at learning.uslacrosse.org.

Benefits of Certification

  • Access to General & Excess Liability insurance
  • Access to Directors & Officers (D&O) Liability insurance
  • Access to Employment Practices Liability (EPLI) insurance

For more information about these benefits and how they provide key protection for assigners can be found here: https://www.usalacrosse.com/usa-lacrosse-insurance-program