Training and Dues

Hints and tips for officials:

The following hints and tips are offered to help you appear more professional during a game:
  • Never stand with your hands on your hips during a game.  This stance is perceived as disinterest.
  • Do not stand with your hands in your pockets, which makes you look bored.
  • Never laugh or joke during a game.
  • Do not allow yourself to smile at any time when a player is injured on the ground, as this could make you seem insensitive to the player or happy about his injury.

Annual Dues payment:

You must pay annual dues to belong to the TXLOA, and the annual payment is due once per season.  Make your check payable to "TXLOA".  Please mail your dues payment to the treasurer:

TXLOA
c/o James Fancher
1334 Woodfair Dr.
Richmond, TX  77406
  • For dues received prior to December 31st = $50.00
  • For dues received on or January 1st = $75.00 [Exception: Officials who transfer from other LOAs are exempt from paying the late fee.]

NCAA Men's Lacrosse Rules and Officiating Mechanics video

A good tool is the US Lacrosse officials pre-game checklist and suggested topics.  This two-page card is a good checklist of topics to consider when performing a pre-game discussion between the officials.

For additional information, please visit the US Lacrosse website for Men's Training and Certification.

Another great resource is the "cheat sheet" showing all of the differences between the various lacrosse rulebooks and age/playing divisions.

Hand Signals for Lacrosse Officials

The link below contains two short videos demonstrating the proper hand signals for officials in the game of lacrosse.  These hand signals are demonstrated by Gordon Corsetti, the manager of the Men's Officials Education Program (OEP) for US Lacrosse.

Pre-game Routine for Lacrosse Officials

The link below contains three short videos demonstrating how to conduct several components of the pre-game certification by the Referee (crew chief).  The videos narrated by Gordon Corsetti, formerly the manager of the Men's Officials Education Program (OEP) for US Lacrosse and formerly an official with the Georgia Lacrosse Association.
  • Coaches' Certification - a description of what to ask each head coach pre-game to certify the players and what to write down.
  • Coin Toss - describes how to conduct the coin flip procedure.
  • Player Lineup - describes the lineup of each team's starting players just prior to the opening faceoff.
Additionally, you can find guidance on the pre-game routine in the 2-man and 3-man mechanics manuals, which are published by US Lacrosse:

Chief Bench Official (CBO):

The duties of the Chief Bench Official (CBO), if used, are described in the following two versions of the same document:

Levels of Certification:

US Lacrosse offers three different levels of certification for lacrosse officials.
    • Level 1 - (youth lacrosse games) - most of the officials are Level 1, which allows you to officiate youth lacrosse games (kindergarten through 8th grade).  Some of these games require two officials, and some of them require only one official.  Approximately 44-50% of TXLOA officials are certified at Level 1.
    • Level 2 - (all Junior Varsity high school games; some Varsity high school games) - The Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) establishes which games require Level 2 versus Level 3 officials.  Currently, only the top division (THSLL Varsity Division 1) games require Level 3 officials, and the rest of the THSLL games require only a Level 2 official.  Thus, most high school games require only a pair of Level 2 officials, although some will require of trio of Level 3 officials.  Approximately 22-38% of TXLOA officials are certified at Level 2.
    • Level 3 - (some Varsity high school games) - these are the games that are mandated by THSLL to require a crew of three lacrosse officials (i.e., a three-person rotation).  The three-person rotation is used in college, so most (but not all) of the Level 3 officials are also certified by NILOA as college officials.  Approximately 18-28% of TXLOA officials are certified at Level 3.
    Collegiate Level - a majority of the Level 3 officials are also certified to officiate college games.  However, the TXLOA is not the certifying body for college officials.  All of the college officials in the U.S. are certified by the National Intercollegiate Lacrosse Officials Association (NILOA), which is the officials' certifying body for college games.

    Recent training videos:

    Below are links to several useful training videos:
    • US Lacrosse Introduction to Officiating - an overview of officiating published on 1/23/2015.
    • A Big Call is Still Just a Call - an online webinar presented by Brian Abbott on 3/29/2016.  Brian Abbott discusses importance of a solid pre-game as the cornerstone of the crew getting the call right at the critical moment of the game, and being able to focus and officiate after the "big" call is made.  Join officials from across the country as Brian details his pre-game preparations, and how he approaches making calls on some of the biggest stages that college lacrosse has to offer.
    • Game Management - an online webinar presented by Spike Decker and Bill Devine on 3/31/2016.  Spike and Bill instruct on effective game management techniques and ways to help smooth over the rough edges of a game so that everyone has a better time.  Join officials from around the country and learn from Spike and Bill's expertise at every level of the game.
    If you have your US Lacrosse membership login and password, you can also view these videos as courses from the Men's Officiating Course catalog.
    1. Go to the Learning page of the US Lacrosse website.
    2. Enter your US Lacrosse login ID and password.
    3. Click on Catalog.
    4. Click on Officiating Courses.
    5. Click on Men's Game Officiating Courses.
    6. This will bring up a list of courses that you can take free of charge.

    Observations:

    Below are links to the US Lacrosse observation forms: