Upper Midwest Lacrosse Officials Association

Upper Midwest Lacrosse Officials

About the UMLOA

The UMLOA has over 100 adult members and is continually training new adult and youth officials. The experience level ranges from brand-new officials—who are just learning to officiate and are new to the game of lacrosse—to top-level officials, some of whom have worked the National Lacrosse League championship game, the MCLA Division 1 College Championship Game, and the Gold Medal game at the World Championships.

The UMLOA's primary focus is training for new and returning officials, with courses conducted using US Lacrosse training materials. New youth officials (working 14U and lower games) complete 15 hours of classroom and online training, and new high-school level officials complete 19 hours. An on-field training session is also required for all new officials and returning junior officials.

Returning adult officials complete at least 10 hours of training annually, and newer officials are paired with more experienced officials for ongoing training through mentoring. In addition, our field observation program sends experienced observers and clinicians to watch officials work. The observers meet with the officials during breaks and after the game and then send them a written report of what they do well and what areas they need to focus on in order to continue to improve.

Officials are tested extensively on rules and mechanics. New officials must take and pass three written tests (in addition to online quizzes) before being able to officiate MSHSL high school games, and returning officials are tested annually on NFHS rules, NCAA rules, or both.

Whether you're new to lacrosse officiating, an experienced lacrosse official new to the Upper Midwest, or a coach or athletic director looking for officiating services, the UMLOA has what you're looking for!