2022 Northland Level 1+2 Officials Training Guide

This section gives complete instructions on how to become certified to work HS games if you have not previously completed Level 1 Training. You must be at least 18 before you can work HS games but can complete most of the training while you are 17.

To download a printable PDF of the Level 1 + 2 Training Guide, click here.

If you are considering working MSHSL varsity games this season, see our MSHSL FAQ page.

NOTE: Level 1+ 2 training has been completed for 2022, but we are running additional Level 1 Training in late August or early September to prepare people to work September and October games. If you want to become a Level 2 official, please complete Level 1 Training first and work fall games, and we will be able to move you up to Level 2 in then winter. We will have announcements about training for 2023 in late fall or early winter.

  • Pay the Northland LOA membership fee
    Please pay your $50 annual membership fee via Venmo to @northlandloa. If you need to pay by check, contact Damon Kocina at damonkocina@gmail.com.




  • Complete concussion training (must be done before on-field training or working games)
    Please complete the concussion course at https://nfhslearn.com/courses/concussion-in-sports-2 (required by state law) and email your certificate of completion to russhunt@frontier.com. If you completed it in a prior year and your expiration date is at least 12/31/21, you can skip the course and just email the certificate.


  • Join USA Lacrosse
    Join USA Lacrosse (or renew your membership) at https://www.usalacrosse.com/membership as a boys lacrosse official with Northland LOA. If you are already a member but are becoming an official, email membership@usalacrosse.com and ask to be added as an official to Northland LOA. Please be sure to use the same email address with US Lacrosse as you use for other lacrosse-related activities. You must have an expiration date of 6/30/22 or later to work spring games.



  • Complete classroom/Zoom training
    You must complete at least 12 hours of training, including:

      • Level 1A—January 29 (9:00–11:00) or February 20 (9:00–11:00)
      • Level 1B—January 29 (12:00–2:00) or February 20 (1:00–3:00)
      • Level 1C—February 6 (9:00–11:00) or March 5 (9:00–11:00)
      • Level 1M—February 6 (1:00–3:00) or March 5 (12:00–2:00)
      • Simultaneous Fouls and Effective Use of Play-On (February 12, 9:00–11:05, Zoom or Blake—Hopkins)
      • Equipment Checks and Counts, stalling, and over-and-back (February 19, 9:00–11:05, Zoom)

If you can’t make a particular session, you will be able to watch video of the Zoom session and then set up a time with an instructor to get quizzed via Zoom, but please attend the sessions live if possible. The Zoom links will be emailed to you a few days before each session. Be sure to put classroom sessions on your personal calendar and block the dates and times in ArbiterSports.com. You can attend other optional training sessions (marked with an asterisk on the schedule in the PDF linked below and on the Training Schedule page) if you are looking to get a better understanding of officiating.



  • Study rules and mechanics (prior to exams)
    You will receive am NFHS rule book (from USAL or MSHSL), the 2022 youth rules, and 2-person and/or 3-person mechanics manuals. Use these resources to help you prepare for your exams.


  • USA Lacrosse HS rules exam
    Youth rules are based on the HS rules, so you must take the HS rules exam. Go to
    https://myaccount.usalacrosse.com/user/profile and click “Login,” then click the “Menu” on the top right and select “E-Learning.” Click “Catalog,” then “Official Education and Development,” then choose the “Exams” option and click “2022 Boys’ Lacrosse High School Rules Exam.” You may retake as many times as needed to get a passing score of 90%.


  • Youth rules exam
    Follow the same instructions as for the HS test, but in the last step click “2022 Boys’ Lacrosse Youth Rules Exam.” Note that the USA Lacrosse exam does not include any Minnesota rules variations; you will be provided with information about which questions differ from Minnesota rules in your classroom sessions.


  • On-field training
    When you have completed all the above steps, email the Northland LOA Training Coordinator (subject line “Level 1 Training Completed”) to request an on-field training session. Send the email from the same account you are using for your USL membership account and include your full name in the body of the email. You will get an invitation to join ArbiterSports.com and your on-field assignment and paid games will come from that site.

To download a printable PDF of the Level 1 + 2 Training Guide, click here.