All WALOA officials must comply with US Lacrosse annual certification requirements. To meet these requirements officials must complete the requisite number of hours of annual training and/or professional development. The annual requirements—which are based on an official’s certification level—are:
New Level I (entry-level) officials = eight hours
Returning Level I, New Level II, and New Level III officials = five hours
Returning Level II and Level III officials = three hours
If you are uncertain as to your certification level, ask your primary assigner.
There are various options for completing the required number of hours, including:
Attendance at the WALOA Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Attendance at the post-AGM training session
NILOA (college) officials receive credit for attending the NILOA annual meeting
US Lacrosse officials development clinics
Online US Lacrosse courses
WALOA-conducted classroom sessions
Other options may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Questions should be directed to Gary Crouse, the WALOA Training Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More specific information about training options and events will be published as the 2021 season takes shape.
In addition to training and professional development, all officials are required to complete the US Lacrosse rules exams relevant to their assignments. High school officials must also complete MPSSAA and/or VHSL tests and rules interpretation clinics appropriate to their regular season assignments.
New officials may pay for their $50 training fee with the below link. All payments are processed with PayPal, encrypted, and ensured to be protected.