US Lacrosse recognizes the important role that assigners of lacrosse officials play in the quality of experience for all participants.

Assigning officials to games is challenging. It is an essential part of allowing the games to be played safely and fairly. When done well, assigning has the most positive impact on player safety. It also is an activity that can also lead to controversy and dissatisfaction if not executed professionally and methodically.

Over the next two years the organization hopes to provide expanded support and resources for assigners of lacrosse for high school and youth as they look to responsibly provide qualified officials to support our rapidly growing sport.

Assigner Certification

The assigner certification program purpose is to provide and deliver initial comprehensive skill training as well as ongoing professional growth and development for lacrosse assigners.

To accomplish this by using the requirements listed below and focusing on the important role of assigners in the game and how they can be a conduit for excellent officiating and how they can achieve that effectively, efficiently and responsibly.

Who Can Apply?

Interested applicants should be:

  • An official, assignor or other program administrator with at least three years of officiating on and/or off the field experience in their area.
  • Past experience assigning and scheduling officials is a plus, but not required.
    • Please note, this certification program does not grant anyone the right or privelage to be an assignor in an area. That is dictated contractualy with independent leagues and officiating organizations outside of US Lacrosse and at the local and/or state levels. 

How Will US Lacrosse Evaluate the Applications?

Applications are evaluated by US Lacrosse Officials Development State and Region Coordinators as well as US Lacrosse staff and based on the following criteria:

Quality of the application:

  • All fields are complete.
  • Questions are clearly answered.
  • Includes two recommendations from local area officials

Certification Requirements

Those wishing to achieve their certification as an assigner must complete all of the requirements below.

  • Current US Lacrosse Membership
  • NCSI Background Check
  • Certification Program Registration
  • Signed “Professional Standards for Assigners” Agreement
  • Completed Online Rules and Penalty Course
  • Completed Online Assigner Certification Course
  • Pass Annual US Lacrosse Rules Exams

Recertification Requirements

Those who have completed their initial certification requirements must recertify annually in order to maintain their status as a certified assigner.

  • Current US Lacrosse Membership
  • Maintain a current NCSI Background Check
  • Annual Recertification Program Registration
  • Signed “Professional Standards for Assigners” Agreement
  • Pass Annual US Lacrosse Rules Exams
  • Completed Annual Self Assigning Analysis and Report

Benefits of Certification

Coming Soon!