2022 Northland LOA Level 2 Officials Training Guide

This document gives complete instructions on how to become certified to work HS games if you have previously completed Level 1 training but never completed Level 2 Training. Use the Level 1+2 Training Guide if you are a new official who wants to become Level 2 certified. 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 2 Training Guide, click here.

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

NOTE: If you are a high school senior (or out of high school) and at least 18 years old, have worked at least 20 youth games, and can provide references from at least two adult high school officials who believe you are ready for high-school level games, you can complete Level 2 training online and work high school fall and winter games (always with an experienced partner). If you are interested in doing this, please send an email by August 20, 2022 and we will get you started.

  • 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.




  • Set up your Arbiter account
    Contact lacrosse@yourassignment.net 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 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.


  • 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.



  • 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.


  • Complete classroom/Zoom training
    You must complete at least 6 hours of training, including:

        • Rules and mechanics changes from 2022 (January 22, 10:05–11:05, Zoom or Blake—Hopkins)
        • Rules and mechanics points of emphasis (January 22, 11:10–12:10, Zoom or Blake—Hopkins)
        • 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 attached schedule) if you want 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 russhunt@frontier.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.

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