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Programs & Clinics

Since the late 1980s, the LAREDO (LAcrosse REferee DevelOpment) program has been providing training for lacrosse officials around the country.

Originally designed to teach 3-man mechanics to officials in the western United States at events like the Vail Lacrosse Shootout and the Texas A&M fall ball tournament, the program has now spread across the U.S.

LAREDO utilizes regional lacrosse tournaments and summer lacrosse camps as sites for intense and concentrated lacrosse officiating development. The philosophy behind the LAREDO program is to make these clinics accessible to all lacrosse officials from around the country. This balanced representation enables officials from developing and established areas to polish their officiating skills under the instruction of a qualified trainer.

Originally offering only a 3-man mechanics LAREDO (now known as Level 3 LAREDO), US Lacrosse now offers three separate levels:

LAREDO - Level 1 is designed for both established and developing areas that need help in the basic recruiting, training, retaining, observing and advancing education of officials. For more information about Level 1 LAREDO and the requirements to hosting one in your area, please review the documents below:

LAREDO - Level 2 is designed around 2-man mechanics and is geared towards officials who are looking to develop their skills and become stronger at the 2-man game.

LAREDO - Level 3 is designed around 3-man mechanics and more advanced level of play. Level 3 is for an official who has strong 2-man mechanics knowledge and is ready to start officiating higher level games that require three officials.

2015 LAREDO's

Date Location  
February 28 Coeur d'Alene Idaho Register

Scott Boyle Observers Program

The purpose of this program is to honor Scott Boyle’s name and legacy by facilitating the growth of younger officials around the country. The goal of this program is to develop officials, not grade them. As such, observers will be trained to identify and communicate key areas for improvement in working officials, and will be tasked with checking to see if these officials have implemented the suggestions into their games.

Experienced officials will be trained in observation, evaluation, and communication, and then sent to observe working officials throughout the spring season. Since the goal of the program is to help officials grow, each official will be observed at least twice in order to determine if he/she was able to implement the suggestions for improvement.

Note: Program applications are accepted annually from July 1 to October 15.

US Lacrosse National Convention Scholarships

US Lacrosse Officials Education Department is once again providing scholarships. A total of $5,000 dollars has been awarded to officials attending the 2015 US Lacrosse National Convention in Baltimore, Md., Jan. 23-25. The quantity and amount of scholarships is determined by district. The breakdown was as follows:

District 1: Two $150 dollar scholarships each
Districts 2-4: Two $100 dollar scholarships each
Districts 5-6: Two $200 dollar scholarships each
Districts 7-9: Three $200 dollar scholarships each
Districts 10-11: Three $250 dollar scholarships each

The application period has passed.

Trainer Certification Program

Launched in October 2014, this program prepares, educates and certifies officials trainers to teach and lead US Lacrosse's officials' education and certification in their areas. Trainer certification is good for one year and subject to recertification requirements. If interested, contact your sub-district or district coordinator for the application or email US Lacrosse.

Initial Requirements

  • Application completed and accepted by Sub-District Coordinator
  • Current US Lacrosse Membership
  • US Lacrosse NCSI Background Check (good for two years)
  • Men’s Officials Online Rules and Penalty Course Completion
  • Initial Certification Registration Fee $50 (supplements the care package trainers receive upon completion of certification)
  • Men’s Officials Trainer Certification Online Course Completion
  • Annual Online Webinar Conference Completion
  • View the US Lacrosse annual NFHS and Youth Rules Interpretation Video
  • Pass annual US Lacrosse rules exams (NFHS and Youth) with 90 percent or higher

Annual Recertification Requirements

  • Maintain a current US Lacrosse Membership
  • If applicable maintain a current background check through NCSI
  • Annual Online Webinar Conference Completion
  • View the US Lacrosse annual NFHS and Youth Rules Interpretation Video
  • Pass annual US Lacrosse rules exams (NFHS and Youth) with 90 percent or higher
  • Met all requirements and reporting deadlines set by US Lacrosse, sub-district and/or the district coordinator