New Officials
WALOA welcomes all individuals without prior lacrosse officiating experience to become certified US Lacrosse Level 1 officials. New officials must be at least 16 years old with a Valid Driver’s License by March 15 of the year which they plan to begin officiating. Interested individuals should complete the Interest Form. Individuals completing an Interest Form will be contacted by email with training and certification information.

A New Official Orientation session is generally held in the Fall of each year for those interested in officiating the following spring. Training and on-field preparation sessions are held after the New Year to get individuals ready to officiate Youth Lacrosse games for their first season as a Level 1 US Lacrosse Certified Official.

Prior to officiating, New candidates will be required to:

  • Complete WALOA Level 1 Training Classes and On-Field Mechanics Sessions
  • Register with US Lacrosse as an Official
  • Complete US Lacrosse Online Course
  • Complete open-book online US Lacrosse National Federation of High
  • School and US Lacrosse Youth Exams
  • Pay WALOA New Official Training Fee - $50
  • Purchase required uniforms and equipment
  • Complete a Background Check – for those aged 18 years and older

Further information on each of these items is provided at the Fall Orientation Session and during training classes.

Candidates who successfully complete each of the above requirements will be assigned boys youth games during their first season of officiating.

Experienced Officials Transitioning to the Washington DC Metro Area
Officials with prior experience working for another Lacrosse Officials Association (LOA) who desire to work boys/men’s lacrosse games for WALOA should forward an email to Marty Joyner at

In their email officials should include:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone Contact info
  • Information on your lacrosse officiating experience, i.e., how many years you have officiated, the levels of games that you have worked (youth, high school, college, club, adult, etc.), and what part of the country did you work.
  • Contact information (Name, email and phone number, if available) of your Assignor(s) who can verify the above experience.

Officials Training

All WALOA officials are required to be annually certified according to US Lacrosse standards. To meet the requirements of certification, all officials must complete 6 hours of "training" or "continuing education". There are several ways in which a WALOA official can meet this requirement:

- Attend the WALOA Annual General Meeting (3 hours)
- Attend the post-AGM training (3 hours)
- Attend the various L1/L2/L3 training options listed on this website
- NILOA (college) officials receive 3 hours credit for attending the annual NILOA Certification Meeting
- Summer/Fall 2017 LAREDO (3 hours)

Other options may be considered on a case-by-case basis and questions should be directed to WALOA Training Chair, Rob Broxton at

Background Checks

Beginning in 2018, background checks are now an annual requirement and must be done before each spring season to meet requirements of various contracts held by WALOA. Please be sure to go to to complete the screening process.

WALOA registration number is 62946458.

Any questions, ask John Bennett.

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