Frequently Asked Questions
When is the season for Lacrosse?
The high school and middle school lacrosse season runs from the beginning of April through the early parts of June.  There are many opportunities to officiate lacrosse throughout the year, both outdoors and indoors.

How long is a Lacrosse game?
High school varsity games have two - 25 minute halves, JV and youth games have two - 20 minute halves.  The clock runs continuously each half except for the last two minutes, or if a timeout is called with one exception; the clock is stopped after every goal. Officials are expected to arrive at the game site 30 minutes prior to the start of the game.  Please note that middle school and rec level games have different timing rules that are dependent upon the league rules.  Please go to the MWLOA Documents page to find the rules for each middle school conference to help determine the amount of time that is being used by that particular conference.  

Where can I find officials' uniforms?
There are many companies that provide online shopping.  MWLOA does not sponsor a specific vendor.  To see uniform requirements please go to: Lacrosse Umpire Uniforms

How many games might I expect to officiate in a season?
That can vary significantly.  First year officials generally officiate fewer lacrosse games, and are often matched up with more experienced officials on junior varsity, middle school and rec youth games, while experienced officials will be assigned more varsity high school lacrosse games.  Games are assigned based on current rating/skill level, availability, geographic location, and willingness to travel.

How are officials scheduled?
MWLOA has an assignor that assigns officials to games in Maine.  All officials should be willing to travel wherever assigned, but it would be helpful for you to communicate this to the assignor.  Games are assigned through ArbiterSports:  an online scheduling tool.  Email is a must!!   Once you have completed your training, you will receive a welcome email to upload your profile into ArbiterSports and make yourself ready for the assignment of games.  

All officials should become familiar with the Blocking tool in the ArbiterSports, as this will allow you the ability to block dates and/or times that you are unavailable to work games. It is extremely important to keep this updated.  Checking your email, should become a daily task during the season, as game assignments can be sent daily.  

Please note that the assignor generally DOES NOT assign for town rec programs.  MWLOA will provide you with the name of the adult that is responsible for assigning games for the town rec programs.  You may contact that person directly and ask to be placed on their list of officials available to work games for their program.  Most recreation programs do not pay mileage for travel, therefore you may want to only make yourself available to programs that are fairly close to your home/work.

What about college lacrosse?
College games are officiated by officials who have a Collegiate, Collegiate Select, or National Elite rating. As officials improve in skill and have fulfilled the US Lacrosse training for advanced officials, they may be considered to advance in a rating.   Officials should be proficient in the three-person system of officiating and can decide when they are ready to work towards a college rating.  College officials are rated by the College Women's Lacrosse Officials' Association (CWLOA).  Lauren Charwat is the Maine representative to the CWLOA and can help explain the process to any interested officials. 
    charwatlc [at] gmail.com