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.  

A New Official Orientation session is scheduled for Saturday, Dec 14 at 9:30 am at Episcopal School in Alexandria, VA for those interested in officiating during the spring 2020 season.  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 On-line 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 Dec 14 Orientation Session and during training classes. (New Official Must Do List)

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.

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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