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Interested in becoming a member of CWLOA?

Interested in becoming a member of Connecticut Womens Lacrosse Officials Association?

Thank you for your interest in officiating women's lacrosse. The following has been developed to give you an idea of what officiating lacrosse entails. Hopefully, after reviewing the information, you will decide to participate in this satisfying and rewarding avocation. 

Getting started as a CWLOA official will require of you the following:

  • Time and Dedication to the sport and organization
  • Eagerness to learn
  • Application to become a new official
  • Attendance at a new officials clinic
  • Completion and Passing of the US Lacrosse rules test
  • Become a member CWLOA
  • Become a member of US Lacrosse
  • Attaining a field assessment (Rating) (take place late March or very early April; you must be available to attend one in order to get certified to umpire games)
  • Uniform and equipment: Ump Attire, Yolo Sportswear, other sites
  • Email address
  • Cell phone
  • Physical endurance
  • Willingness to have FUN and ENJOY the game of lacrosse


The training program consists of both classroom and on-the-field training and includes the study of rules and mechanics; observation of games and scrimmages; and participation in regular meetings.

The classes are concise and of great value. On occasion, players and coaches may also attend the training sessions to brush up on various aspects of rules and game situations. 

First year officials must attend a training clinic. A fee is required to cover compensation of the trainer(s) for the clinic, as well as your on-field certification (rating) and your annual dues.

Once your new official classroom clinic training has been completed, you will take the US Lacrosse rules test: you must achieve a minimum score of 85% (or retake the test until you do).

Upon successfully passing the test, you will be scheduled for a field assessment (rating) at another date. There are usually a few weeks delay from your classroom training to when you are scheduled on the field. It is important that you continue to study your rule book/manual and to practice your foul signals and the blowing of your whistle. At some point after your classroom training, you will be contacted by a CWLOA mentor. This higher level official will be your guide, trainer, sounding board as you work your way through your new officiating experience.


NOTICE: You must be 18 years of age or older to register.
If you are under 18 and interested in youth officiating click on the Youth Tab on the left.


US Lacrosse does not approve of or encourage the use of unrated umpires. As an affiliate of US Lacrosse, CWLOA requires all umpires to become US Lacrosse rated umpires. 

Along with US Lacrosse, CWLOA is committed to ensuring that all umpires have proper training and the skills necessary to keep the game safe. The rating process acts as an integral part of the improvement and training of umpires. The levels of umpires (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3) and the requirements are described in detail on the USL Officials Certification page.

Along with your rating, you will receive a numerical value (1, 2, 3) that will indicate the number of years your rating is good for (ex. Level 1 2-year, which is good for 2 years).


Officials get paid for officiating games. High school and youth game fees vary between roughly $60-$100. Obviously there are outlays and expenses required to begin officiating.

As a new official, you can expect to pay approximately $300.00 your first year as listed below:

  • New Officials Clinic - $125.00 (includes first year CWLOA dues)
  • US Lacrosse Dues - $55.00
  • Uniform & Equipment - $100.00 - $150.00**

** New umpires should apply for a New Officials Equipment Grant which can reduce your costs


All additional years, your expenses would be your annual dues to CWLOA and US Lacrosse, as well as any expenses for replacing worn out uniforms and equipment.

US Lacrosse uniform requirement are very strict. Although there are a variety of vendor and local merchants that sell uniform apparel, all official will be required to have the following uniform

  • Black and White striped shirt 
  • Black shorts, pants, or kilts
  • Black Footwear
  • Black accessories (hat, visor, bag)
  • Whistle (Fox 40 is recommended - NO PEA WHISTLE)
  • Yellow flag and cards (green, yellow and red)

As you gain proficiency and officiating expertise, you can methodically add to your officiating wardrobe. 

It is important that you secure your uniform and equipment prior to your scheduled field assessment, as you will be required to be in full uniform and prepared to officiate. 

Your final expense will be a 7% assignor’s fee paid to your assignor for all games assigned. This fee is required to be paid at to the end of the season; a late fee is assessed for payments not submitted by the due date.