Youth Officials Training Nov 14 & 15

SFYLCALO in partnership with the South Forsyth War Eagles Youth Lacrosse  and the Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association (GLOA)  is holding a  boys youth lacrosse officials certification clinic.  The class will be held on Saturday, November 14 at the Old Atlanta Rec Center 810 Nichols Road, Suwanee, GA 30024.  Field Training will be held on Sunday, November 14  at Sharon Springs Park 1950 Sharon Rd, Cumming, GA 30041.

The cost of the training is $50.00 Students must be at least 14 years of age and current US Lacrosse members. You may register and pay for the class here.

Please check for the Certification page for a complete list of requirements.

If you are interested in officiating women’s lacrosse, please email Veronica Hewgley at



Setting Expectations before the First Whistle

We have all heard it before; communication is an essential skill that a referee must develop in order to be successful: be a people person! Listen! Match energy levels! Take charge! But what exactly does all that mean? How does one learn how to do it?  As a referee you must realize that your goal is not to control a game but to manage it and that means, managing people.  That is managing player, coaches, table personnel, fans, parents, and even fellow officials.  Often, I hear officials say that they clearly and concisely communicated what they wanted, but the coach or player just would not listen.  And so began a chain of events that lead to rising tension, an outburst, a penalty, a fight and an ejection.
letmeexplainOfficials often equate communication skills as coming into play once a conflict or crisis has started.  They regale us with stories of how they swooped in and took charge or expound on how they defused the situation with their charm and calm demeanor.

I would argue that at that point, the situation is already out of hand; it’s already too late.  There are essential strategies and techniques that can help get you through these critical situations. Those skills are important, but effectively managing a game means, doing everything in your power to identify problems and correct them before they become an issue, to avoid crisis and conflict in the first place.  Truly effective communication begins well before you before blow the first whistle. Follow these tips and procedures; they will enable you to set expectations and develop relations that will have a lasting impact on how you are able to effectively manage your games. Continue reading

How do I get games?

Please note that successfully completing the US Lacrosse training and the passing the exam does not guarantee new officials games.  ALO does NOT assign games. New officials need to contact the assignors for the league or the teams in their areas and request assignments.

Visit the Games page for more info.

Field Training for Hembree and Central Park Classes

The Hembree Class was initially scheduled for the September 13 and the Central Park class was scheduled for September 20.

Below are the two links, please choose the one that was set up for your class

Participants MUST have passed both the NFHS and Youth test online via Arbiter with at least an 80% Send me your scores when you request a time slot.

Please choose the date that you were assigned. Click on the link and the time slots are listed; there are four slots per game.

Hembree Class (Roswell)
Central Park Class (Cumming)

USL Webinar: Men’s Game Officiating Online Course

ONLINE CertCompleting the Men’s Game Officiating Online Course, or what we call the “Webinar,” is a requirement for all Level I US Lacrosse officials.  US Lacrosse’s Officials’ Education Program online courses teach fundamental lacrosse rules and penalties through diagrams, video and interactive instruction. This course is exclusively available and FREE to US Lacrosse members. It is required for officials’ certification and STRONGLY recommended for coaches and anyone who wants to understand the rules of the game.

That being said, getting into the course can be a bit wonky. You must be able to log into your US Lacrosse account on the main USL website: .  You will “purchase” the free course on the main USL site and then move to the USL online education site ( to actually take the course

These are the most common problems we have encountered:

  • Using the Chrome browser on a Mac.  Use Safari.
  • Not being a registered USL member. Join USL or renew your membership.
  • A child’s account being linked to a parent’s account.
    Contact or call  (410) 235-6882 x102 (Mon. – Thu., 8:30 am to 7:00 pm , Fri., 8:30 am to 5:00 pm).
  • Logging in with a parent’s account and the class being credited to the parent. Be sure to use your login and password.

Once you have completed the course you will be shown a certificate. Save a copy for your records or be sure to print it and  bring to your training class.

If you have problems, do not panic.  we very much prefer that you complete the webinar before the class, but it is not a deal breaker.  However, you must eventually complete the webinar and will not be allowed to register for field training until you do so.

As always, contact me with any questions.

Greg Hite