Rating System through US Lacrosse

Levels of Officiating

US Lacrosse is in the process of updating the rating system for officials of the girls'/women's game of lacrosse.

To officiate a game will depend on the level of your rating and the level of the game:

Junior Rating

A Junior Official is under 18 years of age or in high school and is qualified to officiate Youth level games where the participants are 2 years younger than the official.  The Junior Official will have completed the Junior Official Training Course and the Junior Official On-Field Training.  


Adult Officials' Ratings - each adult Level rating is now good for three-years.  The official may elect to stand for a new rating earlier than three-years by making a request to the Ratings Chair.  


Level 1

An adult official who is qualified to officiate youth level games, middle school games, and some high school junior varsity games.  All first year adult officials are given a Level 1 rating.  Officials may remain a Level 1 throughout their officiating career or Level 1 officials may ask to be re-rated when they feel they have gained the necessary experience to move up to a Level 2 rating. The level of games that a Level 1 official is assigned will depend upon the on-field evaluation that takes place prior to the new official receiving a schedule or their continuing on-field evaluation rating.  

Level 2

An adult official who is qualified to officiate all youth level games, middle school games, high school junior varsity and varsity games.  Officials earning a Level 2 rating will have shown proficiency in the two person system of officiating and demonstrate a strong understanding of the rules of the girls' game. 

Level 3

An adult official who is qualified to officiate all youth level games, middle school games, high school junior varsity and varsity games.  Officials earning a Level 3 rating will have shown proficiency in the two and three person system of officiating and demonstrate a strong understanding of the rules of the girls' game.


College Officials

An adult official who is qualified to officiate all youth level games, middle school games, high school junior varsity and varsity games, and a variety of college level games.  Collegiate ratings are awarded through the College Women's Lacrosse Officials' Association (CWLOA).     The CWLOA Website

Starting the Process

Officials may opt to start the process of working towards a college rating at any time but should be fairly proficient in the three-person system of officiating girls' lacrosse.  Officials looking to become a collegiate official must join the CWLOA and attend a Transitional Clinic.  The Transitional Clinic consists of a classroom session as well as on-field work at either a high level high school tournament or college fall ball play.  If the candidate is deemed ready to move forward, the candidate receives a recommendation to stand for their collegiate rating.

Collegiate Rating

A Collegiate Rating is earned by attending a Collegiate Clinic and on-field evaluation during college play.  A Collegiate Officials is an adult official who is qualified to officiate all youth level games, middle school games, high school junior varsity and varsity games, college club games, and low level Division III games.  .

Collegiate Select Rating

A Collegiate Select rating is open to officials that have held a Collegiate rating for at least one season and who attends a Collegiate Select Clinic and Rating session and fulfills all of the requirements for a Collegiate Select rating.  Collegiate Select officials are adults who are qualified to officiate all youth level games, middle school games, high school junior varsity and varsity games, college club games, and all level Division II and III games as well as low level Division I games. 

National Elite Rating

A National Elite rating is open to officials that have held a Collegiate Select rating for at least one season and who attends a National Elite Clinic and Rating session and fulfills all of the requirements for a National Elite rating.  National Elite officials are adults who are qualified to officiate all youth level games, middle school games, high school junior varsity and varsity games, college club games, and all levels of college games including high level Division I games. 


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