Training Requirements

NorthlandLOA is committed to developing and delivering comprehensive training to keep our member officials at the top of their game.

New Officials

If you are new to boys lacrosse officiating, this page will show you how to become a USA Lacrosse certified official and start working games for roughly $40 per hour.

We use a combination of in-person, Zoom, and on-field training to develop our officials. See below to select the correct training for you, then download the training guide and start getting ready for the spring season!

I will be at least 14 by September 30, 2022, and will not turn 18 before the end of June

You should complete Level 1 Training this year (note that if you are 13, you can enroll in and complete most of the training, but you cannot do your on-field training or work games until you turn 14).

It consists of some US Lacrosse online training, classroom/Zoom training, an on-field training session, and rules tests. Please see the Level 1 Training Guide for details.

I turn 18 before the end of June

If you have not previously completed Level 1 Training, you should complete Level 1+2 training this year, which will prepare you to start working youth games but will also allow you to move up to high school level games when you are ready. It consists of some US Lacrosse online training, some classroom/Zoom training, an on-field training session, and rules tests. Please see the Level 1+2 Training Guide for details.

I am 18 or older now

If you have not previously completed Level 1 Training, you should complete Level 1+2 training this year, which will prepare you to start working youth games but will also allow you to move up to high school level games when you are ready. It consists of some US Lacrosse online training, some classroom/Zoom training, an on-field training session, and rules tests. Please see the Level 1+2 Training Guide for details.

Questions about training?

If you have questions about training, first check the training guide for your level. If that doesn’t answer your questions, contact the Northland LOA Training Coordinator.

Questions about officiating?

If you have questions about lacrosse officiating in general, first check the Officiating FAQ page. If you still have questions, email the Northland LOA president.

Returning Officials

Northland does annual training for all officials, with the amount and content depending on experience. This page has details and training guides for returning officials. If you have not previously completed lacrosse officials certification, please see the New Officials section.

We use a combination of in-person, Zoom, and on-field training to develop better officials. See below to select the correct training for you, then download the training guide and start getting ready for the spring season!

I completed Level 1 training in a prior year but will not turn 18 before the end of June

You should complete Level 1 Recert training this year, which is designed to make you a better official on youth-level games. It consists of 6 hours of classroom/Zoom training, an on-field training session, and rules tests. Please see the Level 1 Recert Training Guide for details.

I completed Level 1 training in a prior year and will turn 18 before the end of June

You should complete Level 2 training this year, which will prepare you to continue working youth games but also to begin working high school-level games, starting with freshman games and eventually moving up to varsity. It consists of some classroom/Zoom training, an on-field training session, and rules tests. Please see the Level 2 Training Guide for details.

I completed Level 2 training in a prior year

For returning adult officials—anyone 18 or older who has completed Level 2 training in a prior year—we use a tiered approach to training:

    • All officials receive training on the rule changes, mechanics changes, and Northland LOA points of emphasis
    • First-year MSHSL officials complete classroom and on-field training in three-person mechanics
    • Officials who have completed 1 to 4 years of high school officiating experience do three additional hours of classroom training from a rotating curriculum.
    • All officials can select optional training sessions from a list of 18 topics

Please see the Returning Adult Officials Training Guide for details.

Questions about training?

If you have questions about training, first check the training guide for your level. If that doesn’t answer your questions, contact the Northland LOA Training Coordinator.