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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.

Mission

  • 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. 

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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 recruiter@txloa.net 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.  Additional information about becoming a lacrosse official is described on the US Lacrosse website.

Checklist

  1. 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.”  Then follow the rest of these instructions:
    • In order to become an official, you must become a member of US Lacrosse, which costs $55 per year for the 2017-2018 season.  This is so you are covered for insurance purposes.  To become a member of US Lacrosse, you must go to https://www.uslacrosse.org/membership and click on the “JOIN TODAY” box.
    • While applying to get your US Lacrosse membership, you will be asked if you are a player, coach, official, or fan.  Put a check mark in the “Official” check-box.  You can also check other boxes, if applicable, but you have to make sure you have a check in the “Official” box, too.
    • While applying to get your US Lacrosse membership, you will be asked which game is officiated.  Put a check mark in the “Men’s / Boys’ Game” check-box.  Also, check the “Youth” and the “High School” check-boxes, which are the correct levels for TXLOA games.
    • While applying to get your US Lacrosse membership, you will be asked which lacrosse officials association you will belong to.  Select “Texas” in the state pull-down list, and then place a check-box in the “I don’t see the LOA.”  Then manually type “TXLOA” into the space.
    • While applying to get your US Lacrosse membership, you will be asked which rulebook you would like to receive.  I recommend you select the “NCAA men’s rulebook,” which will be mailed to you free as part of your US Lacrosse membership application.
    • While applying to get your US Lacrosse membership, you will eventually be asked to provide online payment.  Do this to complete your application to US Lacrosse.
    • Your US Lacrosse membership will be approved instantly, and two emails will be sent to your email inbox to confirm your membership.
    • Send the TXLOA Secretary (secretary@txloa.net) the second email, which is the one that contains your name, US Lacrosse membership number, and membership expiration date.  The proof of membership is needed for TXLOA's records.
  2. Forward the confirmation email you receive after registering with US Lacrosse to the TXLOA Secretary at secretary@txloa.net.
  3. Go to the www.txloa.net website and click the Apply to Join tab on the left pane to submit a short application form.  This will get you on the contact list for pre-season training and announcements.
  4. Purchase your lacrosse referee gear.  We suggest you go to one of the vendors listed on the Links tab to purchase your officiating gear.  Make sure you purchase gear for lacrosse - and not football- officials.
  5. 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.
  6. Take the online “Lacrosse Official’s” test (which will be sent to you by our training department) and receive a passing score.
  7. Attend pre-season tournaments to shadow experienced officials during lacrosse games.  Master the basic mechanics of officiating lacrosse.
  8. Receive notification from LeadClinician@txloa.net that you have been certified to officiate and at what level(s).
  9. Finally, the Assigner will add you to the TXLOA account in the game-scheduling system, which is Arbiter (www.arbitersports.com/), so you can be assigned games and accept them.