2022 Northland LOA New Level 1 Officials Training Guide

This document gives complete instructions on how to become certified to work youth games if you have never been certified before. You can begin training if you are 13 or older but cannot complete training and work games until you turn 14. If you are an adult, complete Level 1 Training for now and we will move you up to Level 2 in the winter.

Please complete all requirements (except the on-field training) by Tuesday, August 30, so we can try to get you weekend games for the entire September and October fall season.

If you are seeing this after August 2022, please fill out the Interested in Officiating form and someone will get back to you with more information.

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

□  Pay the Northland LOA membership fee

Please pay your $20 membership fee via Venmo to @northlandloa. (This is a special reduced rate to cover you through the end of 2022; you will need to pay the full $50 membership fee to officiate in 2023.)


□  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 form at https://tinyurl.com/2022IndependentContractor


□  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 12/31/23, 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.


□  Request NFHS rule book

All USA Lacrosse officials are entitled to an NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rule Book for free, but you must request it. Email the USA Lacrosse Membership Department to request one. Be sure to include your USA Lacrosse membership number and your mailing address in the email. The NFHS rules cover high school-level play, but youth rules are based on high school rules, so this is a good document to have and read.


□  Order uniform and equipment (at least 2 weeks before on-field training)

See https://www.northlandloa.org/uniforms-equipment/ for information about uniform and equipment. You can purchase a Level 1 starter package at a discounted price ($95) at https://zebrawear.com/northlandloa/ and then buy additional items locally (e.g., black belt, black shoes) if needed.


□  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.


□  Complete classroom/Zoom training

There are four Zoom sessions: 1A, 1B, 1C, and 1M (mechanics). We will set up times for these classes based on the availability of the people who are registered. Please email your availability times for 8/21, 8/27 and 8/28 as well as evening availability for 8/22 through to 8/26 so we can schedule times that work for as many people as possible.

If you miss any of the live classes, 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 when they get scheduled so you don’t miss them.


□  Study rules and mechanics (prior to exams)

The youth rules exam is based on USA Lacrosse Youth Rules, so download those and use those for answering the exam questions. However, you should be aware that the youth games you will be working follow GNLL Youth Rules (download the PDF from that page, which has a table summarizing the rules at different levels of play), which are close to the USA Lacrosse Rules but which have important differences.


□  Youth rules exam

Go to https://myaccount.usalacrosse.com/user/profile and click “Login.” After you have logged in, 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 Youth Rules Exam.” You may retake as many times as needed to get a passing score of 90%.

Note that the USA Lacrosse exam does not include any Minnesota rules variations; the GNLL Youth Rules highlight which Minnesota rules differ from USA Lacrosse rules.


□  On-field training

When you have completed all the above steps, email lacrosse@yourassignment.net (subject line “Requesting Level 1 On-Field Training Assignment”) 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 game assignments will come from that site.



To download a printable PDF of the New Ref Lvl 1 Training Guide, click here.