US Lacrosse develops and delivers comprehensive programs and resources that promote consistency, excellence, safety and integrity by providing leadership throughout the country that advocates and aids in the recruitment, training and retention of lacrosse officials.
The funding, grant and scholarship opportunities available below to individual officials and Local Officiating Organizations across the country are focused on helping our partner organizations and US Lacrosse achieve our collective goals. Those collective goals and opportunities that are related to those goals are broken up into four seperate categories; recruiting, training, retention and leadership of officials.
Applications are reviewed by US Lacrosse Officials Development Region and State Coordinators as well as US Lacrosse staff. Where applicable, application open and end dates will be displayed in red.
Recruiting - Grant & Scholarship Opportunities
About Recruiting Opportunities
We offer three different grants or scholarships to aid with the recruiting of new officials across the United States. The equipment grant and entry scholarship programs are open to individuals. The Junior or Collegiate Player Academy Support Grant is open to local officiating organizations wishing to develop or reinforce a Junior Officials Academy program or host a Collegiate Player Officials Academy program in their area. More information about these three programs are outlined below.
New Officials Equipment Grant
This grant is open to new officials looking for assistance in purchasing the equipment needed to become a lacrosse official. If you wish to apply for this grant, please follow the application link below.
Junior Officiating Academy Grant
This grant is open to local officiating organizations that want to begin a junior officiating academy program or reinforce an existing one. A junior officials program utilizes high school aged officials to cover youth games throughout the year
This application will be open from 9/15/2018 - 11/15/2018.
Training - Grant & Program Opportunities
About Training Opportunities
We offer two separate grant program opportunities to assist areas in fulfilling the annual learning requirements for their officials to be certified and qualified to work lacrosse games that upcoming year. Both programs are open for Local Officiating Organizations to apply for and more information are outlined below.
Level 1 Officials Development Clinic
Level 1 clinics are designed for both established and developing areas that want to supplement or build a foundation for the learning and development of their officials. That learning and development starts in the classroom and these clinics focus on the classroom training requirements for certification for both new and returning officials. We will award each US Lacrosse Officiating Region with one (1) men's and one (1) women's clinic annually. This application below is for those local organizations interested in bringing a Level 1 to their area.
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- Level 1 Clinic Host Application
Local Officiating Organization Training Support Grant
This grant is designed to provide financial or logistical support for their annual training and organizations classroom sessions. This grant may be applied to classroom rental fees, purchase of training and curriculum packets, technology rental or other trainer support. Each state within our US Lacrosse Officiating Regions are allocated a certain amount and each Local Officiating Organization (LOO) within that state is eligible through this application to apply.
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- LOO Training Support Grant Application
Retention - Grant, Scholarship and Program Opportunities
About Retention Opportunities
We offer three seperate opportunites for increasing retention rates of officials. Retention of officials focuses on providing professional growth and development opportunites including observations, in-person clinics and other development opportunities either locally or nationally. The Level 2 or 3 Officials Development Clinic and Observation Program Grants are available for Local Officiating Organizations to apply. The Professional Development Scholarships are open for individual officials to apply. More information about these programs are below.
Level 2 Officials Development Clinic
Level 2 clinics are designed around two-person mechanics and are geared toward officials looking to develop their skills and become stronger overall officials. These clinics combine classroom training with a heavy emphasis on repeated on-field observations for immediate, actionable feedback from the clinicians. We will award each US Lacrosse Officiating Region with one (1) men's and one (1) women's clinic annually. This application below is for those local organizations interested in bringing a Level 2 to their area.
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- Level 2 Clinic Host Application
Level 3 Officials Development Clinic
Level 3 clinics are designed around three-person mechanics and more game management skills. These clinics combine classroom training and challenging on-field observations that emphasize proper positioning, game management and a focus on key areas of responsibility. We will award each US Lacrosse Officiating Region with one (1) men's and one (1) women's clinic annually. This application below is for those local organizations interested in bringing a Level 3 to their area.
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- Level 3 Clinic Host Application
Observation Program Grant
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. We will award an LOO in each US Lacrosse Officiating Region one (1) men's and one (1) women's observation grant annually.
- Learn More - Men's Scott Boyle Memorial Observers Program Grant
- Learn More - Women's Susie Ganzenmuller Observers Program Grant
- Observation Program Grant Application
Professional Growth & Development Scholarships
The cost to register for a professional growth opportunity in a Level 2 or 3 US Lacrosse Officials Development clinic may prohibit some from being able to attend. We are committed to offering assistance to those that demonstrate a need so that an individual can have an opportunity to grow and learn as an official. These scholarships are available to individuals and each state and/or region will be able to award individuals throughout the year.
Leadership - Grant & Scholarship Opportunities
About Leadership Opportunities
The grant and scholarship opportunities available below are centered around our leadership certifications and 5 Star program for local officiating organizations. These opportunities assist local organizations in providing leadership and support for the local officials they are responsible for. The leadership certification scholarship is available to individuals and the LOO administration support grant is available to local officiating organizations.
Local Officiating Organization Administrative Support Grant
This grant is available to local officiating organizations to help offset administrative or other areas of need in the necessary operations of running a local officiating organization. This includes D&O insurance, assigning platform costs, website hosting fees, tax preparation and other such administrative needs. Each state will have access to award it's LOO's with a certain dollar amount depending on need each year.
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- LOO Administrative Support Grant Application
Leadership Certification Scholarships
The cost to register for a leadership certification may prohibit some from being able to enroll in these programs such as assignor, trainer or observer certifications. We are committed to offering assistance to those that demonstrate a need so that an individual can have an opportunity to grow, learn as an official and become a leader in their local area to give back to those following in their footsteps as an official. These scholarships are available to individuals and each state and/or region will be able to award individuals throughout the year.