Successfully completing the US Lacrosse training and the passing the exam does not guarantee new officials games. New officials need to contact the assignors for the league or the teams in their areas and request assignments.
Getting Assigned Games
Youth leagues often assign officials by team and use email or phone. Some youth leagues contract with a lacrosse officials association (LOA). ALO and US Lacrosse do NOT assign games. Your US Lacrosse Arbiter account is for testing and resources only.
You need to choose a group to work with in order to get games. I would suggest that you choose the Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association (GLOA).
Below you will find a list of leagues and LOAs. There may be others out there, talk to you coaches, trainers and mentors.
ALO trainers are all members of the Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association, and they assign a large number of the youth games in the metro-area.
Leagues and LOAs often use assigning software such as Arbitersports. Once you join a league or an LOA, you will receive and email inviting you to add that LOA to your Arbiter account, in much the same way that US Lacrosse sent you an email.
The software also allows you to block dates that you are not able to work. Be
sure to keep you calendar up to date. Here is a video you can watch that will help you learn how to navigate the site.
Now that you are certified, you need to act and present yourself in a professional manner. Make sure that YOU send an email to assignors asking what steps you need to take to become an official and get games. Not you father, not your mom; you need to send that email. Make sure that you look the part: get your entire uniform squared away. Dress for the job you want. Check out the mechanics manual, rule book or the ALO uniform and equipment page. Finally, keep reading the rule book and the manual. As always, if you have questions, let me know.
Officials Associations and Leagues
Atlanta Youth Lacrosse (AYL) runs two main seasons: Spring and Fall. While these seasons are subtly different, each one focuses on developing the core skills required of any successful lacrosse player. Any player of any experience level will learn the game and improve their skills in any season.
The Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association (GLOA) was founded in 2002. If you are a certified boys youth lacrosse official and would like to be considered for youth game assignments from the GLOA please register here.
The Gwinnett Lacrosse League (GLL) was founded in 2008 on the belief that lacrosse in Gwinnett was poised to grow very rapidly and with the appropriate guidance girls and boys of Gwinnett could grow up to play lacrosse honoring the history of the game. The league is organized in such a way that decentralizes the decision making processes pushing financial control and governance to the local youth associations. The GLL has created its own referee training programs, youth responsibility programs, coach’s clinics and player development.
Cherokee Youth Lacrosse Association was developed 6 years ago with three starter teams, and has grown to and average of 16 teams offering experiences from the starter player through the elite class. We offer lacrosse from U9 through High School. CYLA is under the organizational umbrella of MAYLA. It was reorganized in 2009 to incorporate the Recreational and Middle School Select levels of play.
The Metro Atlanta Lacrosse Association (MAYLA) is a non-profit organization and the local chapter of US Lacrosse. Lacrosse in the Metro Atlanta area at all levels is growing quickly and widespread. MAYLA game are played at the youth level in both Select and Recreation formats, in high schools, at the college level, in post-collegiate clubs. Each team assigns its own officials, so contact the team in your area.
The Roswell Youth Lacrosse Association teaches, supports and promotes the game of lacrosse through competitive league play, instructional clinics, community outreach programs, and a yearly regional tournament.