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How to Become a Certified Referee

The following information has been taken directly from the US LAcrosse website. If you have questions or are unclear on what is needed to become a referee please email LAX@wysc.org


As the sport of lacrosse grows and evolves, so do the rules and procedures at all of levels of the game. The purpose of the US Lacrosse Officials Certification Program is to develop knowledgeable and prepared lacrosse officials at every level of the game. 

In order to achieve this, an official must:

  • Undergo continued standardized training in order to stay current in the game
  • Always consider the level of play when officiating
  • Promote the safety of the participants
  • Promote fair play and sportsmanship
  • Work to improve their skill level as an official by moving up to higher levels of certification.

US Lacrosse certification has been developed – and continues to improve – with these goals in mind.

Where do I find classes?

Where are the Rule Exams & Online Courses?

How do I add "Official" to my account?

  • Call/email our member services team
    • 410-235-6882 ex. 102

Boy's Game Certification Resources

Girl's Game Certification Resources

Become an Official

View the Following on US Lacrosse's Official Page: [HERE]

Why Officiate?

Officiating is a perfect way to stay actively involved in the game and enjoy great camaraderie. The officiating community is the “third team” on the field and through officiating you can develop friendships and connections with others committed to the game.



Are You Ready To Join The Third Team on The Field?

1. Contact Your Local Officials Organization

For those new to US Lacrosse officiating, the first step is to get connected to the Local Officiating Organization in your area to find out training dates, times and locations near you. Click on the link below to fill out a form that will connect you with your State Officiating Coordinator!


2. Join US Lacrosse

Joining US Lacrosse will provide you with some great resources and incentives as an official. You will receive discounts to purchase the uniform and equipment needed as well as access to online courses and other tools that will assist you in becoming an official.


3. Complete Your Certification

US Lacrosse offers comprehensive training, education and certification for all officials. To learn more about the requirements for certification follow the links below:


4. Get Out On The Field

Once you complete all the steps to becoming a certified official you will already have had some experience officiating games. Keep going out there and improving your skill as an officials. Most importantly have fun doing it!

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