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.