Steps to Becoming a New Adult Official of Girls' Lacrosse

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and in the State of Maine.  Because of its growth and popularity, we welcome people interested in becoming lacrosse officials.  You do not need to "know" the sport.  You simply need an interest in learning this unique and beautiful game.

Lacrosse is also a fast sport and as such officials need to be in reasonably good physical condition and be capable of running up and down the field for long periods of time.  Officials at all levels are expected to be able to keep up with the play.  Most game assignments are in the form of double headers.  This means that you need to be able to jog almost continuously for at least an hour and a half.  Sprinting is required throughout the games.    

If you are interested in becoming an official of the girl's game of lacrosse in Maine, we are here to help you with your efforts.  

If you are a teen/player interested in officiating rec games, please go the Junior Officials page.


Steps to Becoming a Girl’s Lacrosse Official for Adults Interested in Officiating Girls' Lacrosse


The fee for the 4 week course is $55 and covers the cost of a 2017 US Lacrosse Rulebook and all printed materials.
  • Pass the US Lacrosse Test - 
    • Tests will be taken during the last class session - open book 
      • Youth test (for those wishing to officiate rec level games) – 80% or better
      • Girls' test (for those wishing to officiate rec, middle school, and JV games) – 80% or better 
  • Register as a new official with US Lacrosse through US Lacrosse website ($55)
    • All officials MUST be members of US Lacrosse before officiating any games.  Your membership is the source of liability insurance that protects you as an official.
    • New official login and registration information for US Lacrosse can be done through this link: Membership US Lacrosse
      • Please register as an official of the women's/girls' game.  (You may wait until you have completed the new official class to register.)
    • Junior officials (teen/players) must register with US Lacrosse as a player and official.  Please go to the Junior Officials page for information about joining US Lacrosse as a player/official.  
  • Pay dues to MWLOA  
    • New adult members' dues are included in the course fee.  
    • Youth/player members ($25) - this includes the cost of a teen/official clinic, 2017 US Lacrosse Rulebook, printed materials, a set of official's cards, an "Official" t-shirt, and a whistle
  • Attend an on-field training and run the field with an experienced official
    • This can be done at one of these on field training opportunities:
      • Sagadahoc Invitational - Saturday, April 1, 2017, McCann Athletic field, Bath
      • Maine Lax Challenge –  Friday, April 7, 2017, Thomas College, Waterville
      • UNE Play Day - Monday, April 17, 2017, University of New England, Biddeford
    • OR scheduled with an experienced official during a pre-season scrimmage
      • Pre-Season Scrimmage – arranged with individual officials
  • Pass the Maine Department of Education background check - 2017 Required Background Check Information
Once all of the above steps have been completed, the new official's name is given to the MWLOA assignor for the assignment of games.

Please complete this new official interest form to help us better plan for this spring's new umpire classes.
Link to: New Official Interest Form

2017 - New Girls' Lacrosse Official Interest Form






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