2017 Training for New and Junior Officials
This material has not yet been updated for the 2018 season. Registration and training guides for 2018 should be posted sometime in mid-December 2017. Returning officials will be notified via ArbiterSports.com when it opens. If you are a new official or did not work games last year, sign up on the "Interested in Officiating" link to receive updates about training and a notice when registration opens.
The following information is for all new boys lacrosse officials and for any returning official who has not completed US Lacrosse Level 2 Training in a prior year.
Note: If you are a returning adult official (at least 18, out of high school, and with Level 2 training), you will join the UMLOA and complete returning adult officials training. See the UMLOA Member Training Page for more information.
Note: All prior year accounts from Moodle (the online course system) and aMember (the online registration system) have been deleted. You will recreate these accounts when you register online through aMember using the UMLOA Course Registration Site link.
The UMLOA offers one of the best and most extensive training programs in the country. Even if you have no prior experience with lacrosse or officiating, we can teach you everything you need to know to get started and then will help you continue to improve each year. This page has all of the information you need to get started as a boys lacrosse official.
Most training sessions require some online work to be completed beforehand, and ordering your uniform and equipment (most of which is included in the course fees) can take several weeks. You should register as early as possible to give yourself time to complete all required steps. Please see "Training Schedule" below for classroom session dates.
Level 1 Training
Level 1 Training is required for all new boys lacrosse officials. You must be at least a high school freshman to take the class. People completing all requirements will be able to officiate youth games (the exact levels of play that can be worked depend on your age on grade for the 2015–2016 school year and your age on August 31, 2015).
Level 2 Training
Level 2 Training is required for all adults who have not completed Level 2 training in a prior year and for all high school seniors. Level 1 classes must be completed prior to taking the Level 2 class (although you need not have completed all of the course requirements for Level 1). Adults completing all requirements will be eligible to officiate games at the high school varsity level and lower, while high school seniors will be able to officiate high school freshman (9/10) games and youth games.
Level 1 and 2 Training
If you are a high school senior in 2015–2016 or if you are an adult, and if you have not previously taken Level 1 Training, you can take both Level 1 and Level 2 in the same year for a reduced rate. Be sure to select the combined "UMLOA Level 1 and 2 Training" when registering.
Level 1 Recertification
All high school sophomores and juniors who have completed Level 1 Training in a prior year and officiated in a prior year take the Level 1 Recertification Course. This course provides updates to the rules for the new year, reviews topics from the Level 1 course, and involves a live game on-field evaluation.
Rooms are still being set up for classroom sessions; please see the UMLOA Classroom Training Session Schedule for more information and classroom session dates. Note that there is a minimum enrollment for each classroom session; if that minimum is not met, classes may be canceled. It is important that you register well in advance (two weeks is recommended); you will be notified within 36 hours of the classroom session if it is canceled due to low enrollment.
Note that the training sites are still being determined for some classes, and the schedule above will be updated as the classes are set up (as will the site where you register for your classroom sessions; that is linked in the training guide for each course). Most sites will be in the Twin Cities metro area, although there is the possibility of scheduling something outside the metro area if there are enough people interested in training.
For questions about the online training system, see the Online Training FAQ page.
For other questions about boys lacrosse officiating and training for new officials, see the Prospective Official FAQ page.
Email updates about training
If you are interested in officiating but are not able to participate in this year's training, you can sign up to get email updates when new courses are announced by using the Interested in Officiating? web form.