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Officials Certification

USA Lacrosse encourages all officials to be USA Lacrosse certified and for all lacrosse officials associations to follow the minimum standards for officials’ certification. It's our vision that all lacrosse contests are officiated by USA Lacrosse-certified officials for the benefit and quality of our sport and for the enhanced enjoyment for all involved in lacrosse.

The purpose of the USA Lacrosse Officials Certification Program is to develop knowledgeable and prepared lacrosse officials at every level of the game. 

In order to achieve this, an official must:

  • Undergo continued standardized training in order to stay current in the game
  • Always consider the level of play when officiating
  • Promote the safety of the participants
  • Promote fair play and sportsmanship
  • Work to improve their skill level as an official by moving up to higher levels of certification.

USA Lacrosse certification has been developed – and continues to improve – with these goals in mind.

Trainers  Observers Assigners

Adult Official Certification

Level 1 Certification

Officials new to lacrosse start off as a Level 1 official and they must complete all of the requirements listed below in order to receive their certification to officiate lacrosse games.

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 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE

This is an annual online learning component that must be completed by all officials.

Pass the Annual Online Rules Exam

This is an annual exam and all officials must pass with an 85% or higher.

Pass the Level 1 Field Evaluation

Your local Certified 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.

Level 1 Annual Recertification

Officials at every level must complete recertification requirements each season to prove their knowledge of the officiating, stay current on rules changes and continue their development as an official.

Level 2 Certification

Level 1 officials interested in earning their Level 2 certification must complete all of the requirements listed below in order to receive their certification.

Level 2 Annual Recertification

Officials at every level must complete recertification requirements each season to prove their knowledge of officiating, stay current on rules changes and continue their development as an official.

Level 3 Certification

Level 2 officials interested in earning their Level 3 certification must complete all of the requirements listed below in order to receive their certification.

Level 3 Annual Recertification

Officials at every level must complete recertification requirements each season to prove their knowledge of officiating, stay current on rules changes and continue their development as an official.

Junior Official Certification

Certification

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 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE

This is an annual online learning component that must be completed by all officials.

Annual Online Rules Exam

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.

Annual Recertification

Similar to adult officials, previously certified junior officials must complete recertification requirements each season to prove their knowledge of officiating, stay current on rules changes and continue their development as an official.