- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete the Northland LOA new member form
Please complete the form posted at https://tinyurl.com/Northland-New-Member so we have contact information for you and can send you Zoom links.
- Read and sign the independent contractor agreement
Please read and sign the independent contractor agreement.
- Set up your Arbiter account
Contact email@example.com immediately if you do not already have an Arbiter account. See https://www.northlandloa.org/arbiter/ for full instructions on setting up your account. Set blocks for any time you could not or would not accept a game if one were assigned (e.g., when you will be sleeping, at work, at school, on vacation, in Northland training classes).
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- Complete USA Lacrosse online training courses
USA Lacrosse requires all officials to complete their online courses at https://tinyurl.com/USAL-online-rules and https://tinyurl.com/USAL-Prof-Dev. Please try to complete both before your first classroom session.
- USA Lacrosse professional development
USA Lacrosse now requires that all officials complete a short course on rules changes. Log into your US Lacrosse account and click https://tinyurl.com/USAL-Prof-Dev to complete it.
- Renew your USA Lacrosse membership
Renew your membership with USA Lacrosse at https://www.usalacrosse.com/membership as a boys lacrosse official with Northland LOA. 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 5 hours of training, including:
- Rules and mechanics changes from 2022 (January 22, 10:05–11:05, Zoom or in person)
- Rules and mechanics points of emphasis (January 22, 11:10–12:10, Zoom or in person)
- Your life as a new R (March 6, 12:00–1:00, Zoom)
- Dealing with bad behavior (March 6, 1:05–2:05, Zoom)
- Penalty enforcement (March 6, 2:10–3:10, 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 attached schedule) if you are looking to get a better understanding of officiating.
- Check uniform and equipment (at least 2 weeks before on-field training)
See https://www.northlandloa.org/uniforms-equipment/ and check that you have the uniform and equipment required for your level of play. You can purchase additional equipment at https://zebrawear.com/ or elsewhere if needed.
- 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 email@example.com (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.