New Officials

Registration for new officials for the 2020 season closed on Feb 1. Please check back soon as we will be opening up a New Official Interest Form for the spring 2021 season.

Interested individuals should complete the Interest Form.  

A New Official Orientation session was conducted on Saturday, Dec 14.  The Orientation Session Slides (Orientation Session) and a New Official’s “Must Do” checklist (New Official Must Do List) are available by clicking on the provided links.  New candidates should review these two files and complete the items in the checklist.

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

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.