If you are interested in scheduleing a Level 1 Lacrosse Officials Training Class for Youth Officials or Adults, please contact me at ATL.LacrosseRef@gmail.com.
Below you will find answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
When are classes offered?
Classes are offered in January in order to prepare officials for the Lacrosse season which traditionally begins in early February. Classes are also offered at the end of the season in preparation for the summer leagues which provide a great opportunity for new officials to gain experience and hone their craft.
Please note that it is exceptionally difficult to provide training during the season due to time constraints.
Coaches and league officials looking to arrange a class should contact me as soon as possible in order to schedule a time.
Who can take a class?
Youth (U.S. Lacrosse Level 1) Training is targeted at officials with little or no experience in officiating men’s lacrosse. The focus at this level is to provide training for officials interested in officiating games at the sub-high school level.
This training is open to mature individuals 14 years old and up. If you are a high school player and interested in learning more about lacrosse, this training is ideal. Adults (over the age of 18 and high school graduate) who are new to officiating would benefit from this training as well. However, only ‘Official’ members of US Lacrosse receive some of the benefits of being a US Lacrosse Official.
What is required to schedule a class?
In order to be a US Lacrosse certified official, participants must take 8 hours of class time. It is preferable that these be broken up into 2-4 shorter segments so that students can process the material outside of class.
The classroom should have seating for participants, whiteboard and electrical outlets for PC and video equipment. In addition, participants must score at east an 80 on the rules and mechanics test and complete a field training and evaluation. Course organizers should look to schedule a scrimmage so that officials can be certified.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the training is $50. This includes a flag, whistle, Boys’ Rules Book, Youth Lacrosse Guide and Mechanics Manual. Please note that this fee does not account for any charges to use classroom or fields, nor does it include US Lacrosse membership.
Participants will receive a link from us and be able to register and pay online.
Joining US Lacrosse
Anyone can participate in the training, including coaches, players and fans simply interested in learning more about the game.
However, only ‘Official’ members of US Lacrosse receive some of the benefits of being a US Lacrosse Official. Class participants are encouraged to register with US Lacrosse as an official in order to take the examination online, to recieve their patches and for the insurance coverage required to officiate games.
US Lacrosse Membership Prices
Membership fees are based on the age of the member. The member then selects the category of membership (player, coach, official or fan)
Youth ($25): Under age 15 but not in high school.
High School ($35): Age 18 or under and in high school.
Adult ($50): Age 18 and over and out of high school.
How long is the training class?
US Lacrosse Training requires 8 hours of class time and a field training component.
I envision 3-4 classroom sessions of 2-2.5 hours each. One option is to do one on a class on Friday, two on a Saturday with an extended lunch break, and one on a Sunday, followed by lunch and the field training component.
Other combos will of course, work as well; a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday can work well, nor am I limited to weekends, if you wanted to do weekday or weeknight classes that could work as well.