- What is the Women’s Umpires Training Program?
US Lacrosse and the Women's Game Training Committee have established certain requirements for officials' training and certification. Umpires for the game of women's lacrosse become certified and maintain certification through participation in classroom training, on-field training and rating sessions. There are different levels of certification and that level is determined by the rating achieved – Youth/Junior Rating; Youth/Adult Rating; Apprentice Rating; Local Rating; District Rating; National Rating; and International Rating.
- What does it mean to be ‘certified’?
To be a certified umpire with US Lacrosse, umpires must be in ‘good standing’ attained by paying US Lacrosse dues and Local Board dues, attending all required meetings, including an annual rules interpretation meeting, and must pass the rules test annually. To be certified as a Youth, Apprentice, Local, District, and National umpire, candidates must attend: A clinic that includes classroom instruction and on-field training in 5 critical areas:
- Responsibilities, Ethics, and Professionalism
- Knowledge and Judgment
- Positioning, Field Coverage, and Fitness
- Game Management, Mechanics and Procedures & Administration
- Comportment, Communication, and Teamwork
The clinic must also meet the requirements set forth in the "Rating Grid"
- What is a rating?
A rating is the level at which you have been certified by US Lacrosse. Each rating level has different criteria and points of emphasis for the different levels of play that the candidate is rated to officiate. Your rating is directly related to your on-field evaluations and is not guaranteed. Those levels of rating are:
- Youth/Junior Rating: an umpire who is under the age of 18 or in high school and is qualified to only officiate Youth Level games in which participants are 2 age groups younger than the umpire.
- Youth/Adult Rating: an Adult Youth Umpire is 18 years or older and is qualified to umpire Youth Level games.
- Apprentice Rating: An Apprentice umpire is an adult umpire who is qualified to umpire all Youth level, Middle School, High School JV and some High School Varsity games.
- Local Rating: A Local Umpire is an adult umpire who is qualified to umpire all Youth level, Middle School, High School JV and Varsity games.
- District Rating: A District Umpire is an adult umpire is qualified to umpire all Youth level, Middle School, High School JV, Varsity, and a variety of college level games.
- National: A National Umpire is an adult umpire who is qualified to umpire all Youth Level, Middle School, High School, and all college level games.
To see a list of specific requirements and expectations for each rating level, please see the Women's Game Umpire Manual and the Rating Grid Document.
- Where can I get trained?
Training occurs throughout the year in different areas of the country. For local training in your area, please contact your Local Board Chair. You can also check out our schedule of local training dates and sites page, contact your local US Lacrosse Chapter, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How much does it cost to become an official?
The cost of training can vary from area to area based on many variables. The baseline cost is $50 for your US Lacrosse membership, which provides certain benefits. This excludes a trainer's fee and other costs involved in the training, such as facilities charges, Local Board dues, uniforms, equipment, etc…. In some instances, your local US Lacrosse Chapter or Local Board may offset some of the costs of training to help grow the number of qualified officials in your area.
- When do I get my training materials?
You will usually receive your training materials at your first class classroom session from your trainer. Check with your Local Board chair before attending your first class to make sure you bring all necessary training documents to the classroom.
In addition, currently, US Lacrosse "Official" category members whose memberships are current as of September 30 receive the upcoming season's rulebook in December. Current season rulebooks are also available through the US Lacrosse online store. Please note it is always important to have the current season's rulebook when training and officiating.
- Who can participate in the training?
Anyone can participate in the classroom part of the training, including coaches, players and fans simply interested in learning more about the game. However, only "Official" members of US Lacrosse will be allowed to participate in the field portion of the training and receive some of the benefits of being a US Lacrosse official.
- How does the online testing work?
US Lacrosse offers online testing for all US Lacrosse umpires. There are multiple tests depending on the level of play being umpired. Also the Women's Game Training Committee has established specific pass/fail grades for each different rating level.
- Youth Junior and Adult Rating: 80% or higher – open book
- Apprentice Rating: 80% or higher – open book
- Local Rating: 86% or higher – open book
- District Rating: 90% or higher – open book
- National Rating: 92% or higher – open book
Also, all umpires, at all levels, must take the online version of the test. The paper versions US Lacrosse provides are for reference and preparation purposes prior to taking the online test.
- How do I get proof of insurance as an official?
Your US Lacrosse "Official" membership includes the insurance you need to be covered comprehensively on the field. Your membership number is your proof of insurance. Visit the insurance section of the US Lacrosse website for more information on your coverage.
- How do I get my game schedule for the season?
It is intended that only trained officials who are current "Certified Officials" members of US Lacrosse will be placed on local officiating schedules. Members who have not been trained or passed their certification requirements and are trainees who are not members will not receive a schedule by their local assigning authorities. Your local assigning authorities are the groups who create the schedules for officials in your area. Your Local Board Chair can give you more information about contacting that authority once your training and certification is complete.
- How do I progress my career as an umpire and get a higher rating?
Experienced officials who can put in a longtime service to the youth game are greatly needed and critical to the growth and development of the sport and younger officials in your area. However there are many opportunities to advance and the Women's Game Committees have established a very clear path in order to help umpires advance to a higher rating. If you would like to advance to a higher rating you should contact your local trainer and see what exact steps and requirements you need to accomplish. Ask your trainer to assign you a mentor and to get information about opportunities to prepare for and officiate at other levels of the game. Most importantly practice, practice, practice will help you get to that next level.