Who we are
The Texas Lacrosse Officials Association (TXLOA) is the US Lacrosse-approved training and certifying organization for the sport of men’s and boys’ lacrosse in the Greater Houston area. TXLOA spans several age/playing groups – boy’s youth (K-8), men’s high school (Varsity & JV), and men’s post-collegiate club.
- Recruit, train, and certify officials for the sport of lacrosse.
- Provide mentoring to officials and help them develop their craft skills and knowledge of the rules of the game.
- Help officials to conduct themselves as positive role models to coaches, players, parents, and fans with an emphasis on safety, sportsmanship, fairness, and professionalism.
How to become a lacrosse official
If you are interested in becoming an official for the sport of lacrosse, please contact our head of recruiting, Mike Alsobrooks, at firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than August 31st of each year. The pre-season training usually occurs in September, and observations will occur at the pre-season tournaments held in November-January. The regular season starts in February and runs through the end of April each year, which is then followed by playoffs in May. An overview of a typical official’s development career path is shown on the US Lacrosse website
- Get your US Lacrosse (usually “Adult”) membership (mandatory) by registering online at www.uslacrosse.org and click on “Membership” and then click on “Join/Renew.”
- Forward the confirmation email you receive after registering with US Lacrosse to the TXLOA Secretary at email@example.com.
- Purchase your lacrosse referee gear. Suggest you go to www.theofficialscorner.com and click on “Men’s Lacrosse” to purchase your officiating gear.
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the contact list for pre-season training and announcements, or just click the Apply to Join tab on the left pane to submit a short application form.
- Attend and pass the one-day lacrosse training event, held at a date to be determined. See the Training and Dues tab for more information.
- Take the online “Lacrosse Official’s” test (which will be sent to you by our training department) and receive a passing score.
- Attend pre-season tournaments to shadow experienced officials during lacrosse games. Master the basic mechanics of officiating lacrosse.
- Receive notification from LeadClinician@txloa.net that you have been certified to officiate and at what level(s).
- At the direction of the Lead Clinician, join Arbiter (www.arbitersports.com/) to be assigned high school games or Zebra-ware (www.zebra-ware.com) to be assigned youth games (kindergarten through 8th grade).