New Officials

Registration is now open for new officials for the 2021 season. Interested individuals who have not already done so should submit an Interest form

In light of restrictions related to the pandemic, WALOA will not conduct in-person classroom training for new Level 1 officials prior to the 2021 season. Prospective officials will instead be required to complete the requisite new official's virtual courses offered by US Lacrosse during and after Laxcon 21. Complete details can be found on the Training page.

Information and steps for applicants to become NEW officials

  1. All applicants must be members of US Lacrosse.

  2. To become an official for the 2021 season applicants should register for Laxcon ( and complete the Level 1 boys officiating curriculum (listed below) during Laxcon OR complete the courses individually online, after the conclusion of Laxcon. All courses must be complete by February 26th. For the upcoming season, these US Lacrosse/Laxcon courses will replace the in-person WALOA conducted classroom sessions held in previous years.

Friday, January 15th

Becoming a Boys Lacrosse Official                4:00-4:45

Play of the Game                                        6:30-7:15

Saturday, January 16th

The Basics, Technical Fouls                          9:00-9:45

The Basics, Personal Fouls                           10:00-10:45

Youth Rules Interpretation                           11:00-11:45

NFHS Rules Interpretation                           12:00-12:45

Two-Person Positioning                                1:00-1:45 

  1. Pass US Lacrosse 2021 Boys Youth/High School Rules Exam.

  2. Prospective officials who successfully complete Steps 1-3 will be invited to participate in a day-long, in-person training session. Prior to attending, new officials will be provided the necessary information to create an Arbiter (assigning system) account and to purchase the required uniform and equipment items.

  3. After completion of the training day, new officials will be eligible for assignments during the 2021 season. Every new official will be paired with a mentor who will be available to answer questions, observe games, and work with on the field during the season.

 If you have any questions please contact Gary Crouse, WALOA Training Chair, at

Officials Training

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
More specific information about training options and events will be published as the 2021 season takes shape.

Background Checks

Do not pay for or complete your background check through NCSI. WALOA is working with US Lacrosse to do the check

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.

Prince George's County

The MySchoolBucks portal is a widely-used system by many, many schools. Here is a step-by-step process of completing the check.

- Create a My School Bucks Account
- Verify account through email response
- Login
- Click Browse All Items
- Check Commercial Background Disclosure
- Complete Info
- Got to Payment Screen ($15)

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