Lacrosse continues to be the fastest-growing sport at in the United States. In Georgia, women’s lacrosse has grown dramatically since the 1990s when only a few teams played in the Atlanta area. There are over 100 varsity lacrosse programs in the state as well as multiple youth leagues. While most of the programs are in the metro Atlanta areas, new teams have joined the GHSA in the Macon and Augusta areas.
No Experience Necessary
While having the played the sport is helpful, no lacrosse experience is necessary. Some of our best official did not grow up playing or watching the sport. Basketball officials in particular tend to make the transition to lacrosse the fastest, but officials from other sports are highly encouraged to join! GWLUB has a nationally recognized training program. You can learn game from experienced trainers in the classroom and veteran officials on the field. In addition to having the best seat in the house, lacrosse officials run around four miles per game so it’s a great way to stay in shape and you can earn extra money while doing something you love!
Interested in becoming a member of GWLUB
Thank you for your interest in officiating women’s lacrosse. The following has been developed to give you an idea of what officiating lacrosse entails. Hopefully, after reviewing the information, you will decide to participate in this satisfying and rewarding avocation.
Getting started as a GWLUB official will require of you the following:
- Time and Dedication to the sport and organization
- Eagerness to learn
- Application to become a new official
- Attendance at a new officials clinic
- Completion and Passing of the US Lacrosse rules test
- Become a member GWLUB
- Become a member of US Lacrosse
- Attaining a field assessment (Rating)
- Uniform and equipment: Ump Attire, Yolo Sportswear, other sites
- Email address
- Cell phone
- Physical endurance
- Willingness to have FUN and ENJOY the game of lacrosse
The training program consists of both classroom and on-the-field training and includes the study of rules and mechanics; observation of games and scrimmages; and participation in regular meetings. The training meetings begin in late winter and early spring and are held prior to the regular scheduled meetings.
The classes are concise and of great value. On occasion, players and coaches may also attend the training sessions to brush up on various aspects of rules and game situations.
First year officials must attend a training clinic. A fee is required to covers the cost of umpire kits (yellow flag, whistle), compensating the trainer(s) for the clinic, and for the cost of the clinic site.
Once your new official classroom clinic training has been completed, the US Lacrosse rules test will be taken on the last day. (Future rule tests are taken online).
The minimum score requirement for each rating is as follows:
- Youth and Apprentice: Open book exam; min. score: 80
- Local Umpire: Score 86 or above
- District Umpire: Score 90 or above
- National and International Umpire: score 92 or above
Upon successful completion and passing of the test, you will be scheduled for a field assessment (rating) at another date. There is usually a few weeks delay from your classroom training to when you are scheduled on the field. It is important that you continue to study your rule book/manual and to practice your foul signals and the blowing of your whistle. At some point after your classroom training, you will be contacted by a CWLOA mentor. This higher level official will be your guide, trainer, sounding board as you work your way through your new officiating experience.
NOTICE: You must be 18 years of age or older to register.
If you are under 18 and interested in youth officiating click on the Youth Tab on the left.
US Lacrosse and the Women’s Division Official’s Council do not approve or encourage the use of unrated umpires. As an affiliate of US Lacrosse, GWLUB requires all umpires to become US Lacrosse rated umpires.
Along with US Lacrosse, GWLUB is committed to ensuring that all umpires have proper training and the skills necessary to keep the game safe. The rating process acts as an integral part of the improvement and training of umpires. The levels of umpires (Youth, Apprentice, Local, District and National, International) and the requirements are described in detail in the US Lacrosse Women’s Division Umpire Manual.
Along with your rating, you will receive a numerical value (1, 2, 3, etc) that will indicate the number of years your rating is good for (ex. Local 1 = Local rating, good for 1 year).
Apprentice ratings are pretty common for new officials. With this rating, you can be expected to work middle school and freshman games. There may also be an opportunity to work a Junior Varsity game as you develop throughout the season.
Officials with a Local rating will mostly be assigned Junior Varsity and Varsity level games. In addition, middle school and freshman game may also be assigned.
District, National and International level officials will be assigned to both collegiate and high school games. They too may also be assigned to sub varsity games. These officials will also act as mentors to new officials.
Officials get paid for officiating games. And obviously there are outlays and expenses required to begin officiating. Let’s begin with the outlays
As a new official, you can expect to pay approximately $250.00 – $300.00 your first year as listed below:
- New Officials Clinic – $100.00 (includes first year GWLUB dues) (reduced fee of $25 for college students only)
- GWLUB Dues – $55.00 (all subsequent years)
- US Lacrosse Dues – $50.00
- Uniform & Equipment – $100.00 – $150.00
All additional years, your expenses would be your annual dues to GWLUB and US Lacrosse, as well as any expenses for replacing worn out uniforms and equipment.
US Lacrosse uniform requirement are very strict. Although there are a variety of vendor and local merchants that sell uniform apparel, all official will be required to have the following uniform
- Black and White striped shirt
- Black shorts, pants, or kilts
- Black Footwear
- Black accessories (hat, visor, bag)
- Whistle (Fox 40 is recommended – NO PEA WHISTLE)
- Yellow flag and cards (green, yellow and red)
As you gain proficiency and officiating expertise, you can methodically add to your officiating wardrobe.
It is important that you secure your uniform and equipment prior to your scheduled field assessment, as you will be required to be in full uniform and prepared to officiate.
Your final expense will be a 7% assignor’s fee paid to your assignor for all games assigned. This fee is required to be paid at to the end of the season; a late fee is assessed for payments not submitted by the due date.