Only trained officials who are current ‘Certified Official’ members of US Lacrosse will be placed on local officiating schedules. Members who have not been trained or passed their certification requirements and are trainees who are not members will not receive a schedule by their local assigning authorities. Your local assigning authorities are responsible for creating the officials’ schedules for your area. Your trainer can give you more information about contacting that assigning group once your training is complete.
Please note that successfully completing the US lacrosse training and the passing the exam does not guarantee new officials games. New officials should contact the assignors for the league or the teams in their areas and request assignments.
Atlanta Lacrosse Officials DO NOT ASSIGN games.
Experienced officials who can put in longtime service to the youth game are greatly needed and critical to the growth and development of the sport and younger officials. However, there are many opportunities to advance. If you would like to add high school games to your schedule, you should contact your local trainer to inquire about what additional steps and requirements you may need in order to be assigned to those games. In the case of college and post-collegiate officiating, additional training, testing, and most importantly practice, practice, practice will help you get to that level. Ask your trainer to assign you a mentor and to get information about opportunities to prepare for and officiate at other levels of the game in your community.
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 by a number of lacrosse enthusiasts in Atlanta in an effort to promote lacrosse officiating in North Georgia. GLOA members officiate both Georgia High School Association (GHSA) contests and boys youth lacrosse games in North Georgia.
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 Atlanta Peach State Lacrosse Officials Association (APLOA) was founded in 2012 by a number of sports officials in Atlanta. APLOA members officiate contests and boys youth lacrosse games with MAYLA.