Dear Junior, Transfer or New Lacrosse Official:
Thank you for your inquiries into becoming either a junior and/or high school lacrosse official for boys. We welcome your interest and look forward to having you join our ranks.
Lacrosse is a terrific sport, one that as an organization and as individuals, our members love.
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In Connecticut there are two levels of officials for boys lacrosse:
- Level 1, Junior Official: High school boys or girls who officiate boys U12 and lower level games. Certification required annually via attending a youth officials clinic in 2020. Must join US Lacrosse as a member and take US Lacrosse youth rules test.
- Level 2, Adult Official: Adult male or female who can officiate high school varsity, junior varsity, or freshmen boys lacrosse games. Also qualifies for all youth levels. Must be 18 years or older. Must be a US Lacrosse member. Must join either CLOA or WCLOA board, complete a background check with CIAC, complete a NFHS rules test, and pay dues and assessments.
There are two officiating boards for boys. The Connecticut Lacrosse Officials Association (CLOA) serves the entire state with the exception of Fairfield County. The Western Board (WCLOA) geographic coverage is roughly Fairfield County and north to Danbury. The girl’s sport has their own board.
About certification, each organization certifies officials for their own area utilizing US Lacrosse’s certification program.
Level 1, Junior officials must join US Lacrosse and take the youth rules test. Additionally, they must attend an annual clinic, which is 5 hours in length. Schedules, news, and registration information is found on the Connecticut Lacrosse Foundation website: http://www.ctlacrosse.org/
We require new adult officials to the sport to attend “new officials” classes that begin in January 2020. US Lacrosse certified Clinicians, who are members of CLOA and WCLOA, teach the classes. Successful completion of the exam and application acceptance qualified candidates to officiate. Fees and dues are determined by each board respectively.
Transfers, who are members in good standing in other organizations, are always welcome and need only apply to our organization for membership. You must tender a letter from an officer of the previous organization indicating that you are a member in good standing and make application and pay dues to either WCLOA or CLOA, Inc. to become active.
Andrew J. Speyer
Men’s Game State Coordinator
(Connecticut) for Official’s Development
PO Box 485 • Wallingford • CT 06492