SPARKS, Md. — US Lacrosse today announced the unveiling of a comprehensive certification program for assigners of lacrosse officials.

The new program provides an avenue of development for assigners and additional benefits to those that earn certification. For lacrosse associations evaluating assigners for the purposes of securing officials to work their games, the certification program provides another data point to consider.

“We started working more closely with the assigner community in 2013, and many helped us to develop a best-practices guide,” Charlie Obermayer, senior manager of officials development at US Lacrosse, said. “The assigner certification program represents a great culmination of years of work, begun under a former US Lacrosse strategic plan, to establish consistent qualifications and to promote game integrity and player safety.”

Assigner certification is designed to deliver skill training and ongoing professional development for lacrosse assigners. It builds upon the “Best Practices for Assigners” manual and provides additional benefits to assigners, such as access to US Lacrosse’s general and excess liability and directors and officers (D&O) liability insurance offerings.

Assigner certification becomes the third leadership certification program offered by US Lacrosse for the development of officials, joining trainer and observer certifications.

“Assigners play a critical role in the development and retention of officials and in the gameday experience for all participants,” Obermayer said. “Assigning officials to games is challenging, but it is an essential part of allowing games to be played safely and fairly.”

Applications for entry into this program are open and must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2019. US Lacrosse state and region officials’ coordinators and US Lacrosse staff will evaluate the applications.

Become a Certified Assigner

Check out the requirements and benefits of becoming a US Lacrosse-certified assigner, and apply by Jan. 31, 2019.

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