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Other Does certifying as a boys' lacrosse referee qualify me to officiate a girls' lacrosse game? No. Girls' lacrosse is a different sport with different rules, a different field size, different lines on the field, different lacrosse protective equipment, and differences in the amount of physical contact allowed. The certification is separate. 
Other How are games assigned? What are some of the guidelines for officials? All high school (THSLL) and youth (GHYLA) games will be assigned in Arbiter. All of the larger tournaments will be assigned via excel spreadsheets and email. This includes Cy-Fair, Clear Lake, 7s for 7, Mudslinger, and St John’s Junior Jam tournaments. You must update and maintain current your availability in Arbiter. You must accept or decline your assignments in a timely manner or the games will be reassigned. The number of games that an official will be assigned will depend on what days you are available, what time you are available, and how far you are willing to drive. Reminder that the Referee is responsible to confirm with the teams at least 24 in advance that the games are still on, and the other officials are to confirm with referee. This can be by phone, text, or email. If you are not listed as the crew chief but you are the only one at the game, then you become the crew chief for that game. 
Certification What is the minimum age to be a lacrosse official? 14 years of age. This is set by US Lacrosse, which is the national governing body for the sport. 
Certification If I am a high school player who wants to become an official, do I need to get a separate "official's membership" when I renew with US Lacrosse? No, one US Lacrosse membership is all you will ever need. However if you are a current or former player who just became an official, please call US Lacrosse membership desk and have them align your membership to "official," so that you show up as an official in Arbiter, which is the game-scheduling system used by TXLOA. 
Other How do I get paid? Teams use a variety of payment methods. Most pay by check either directly on game day or by mailing a check afterwards. Some teams are using e-payment methods, such as Venmo, PayPal, or Arbiter Pay. Regardless of the payment method, officials must provide a voucher for their officiating services. Printable vouchers are located on the "Uniforms / Equipment" link on the left-hand side pane. At least one team uses Arbiter Pay, which is an electronic payment service. Some teams still prefer to pay cash. Pay rates can be found by clicking the "Policies and Fees" link on the left-hand side pane. 
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