Returning Local Officials Requirements  

The following items must be accomplished to maintain a status as a SOWLUA official.

 1.  Be a member of U.S. Lacrosse (annual renewal required)

  • Returning Officials:  Please go to www.uslacrosse.org to confirm that your membership is up to date.  Also, please check the SOWLUA site under 'Roster' to see if you are due to be re-rated.

2.  Be a member of SOWLUA ($35 annual membership fee, fill out a membership form here).

3.  Attend the annual Rules Interpretation Meeting.

4.  Submit an application for and obtain a OHSAA permit number OR add Girls Lacrosse to an existing OHSAA permit.

  • OHSAA is the sanctioning body in Ohio for the sport of girl's scholastic lacrosse.
  • A member new to OHSAA may create a profile through MYOHSAA.
  • In the event that you are already an OHSAA official you can add Girls Lacrosse to your permit.

5.  Take and submit the most current U.S. Lacrosse Official Test. Link to the test is here

  • Please log-on with your Arbiter credentials. 

6.  Get concussion education:

  • House Bill 143 requires officials to complete online education. Complete the NFHS training here or the CDC's online training here.  Umpires must e-mail a copy of the certification to SOWLUA and carry a copy of the completion certificate. 

7.  Take the U.S. Lacrosse Online Course.  Instruction on how to enroll is here (6MB).   

8.  Complete the annual official training, session 2 (advance rules) and session 3 (field training). 

9.  Get Field Rated. 

10.  Read the most current U.S. Lacrosse Official Manual.

11. Give Service.  Submit the service form by 30 April each year.  The form can be found here 

Returning Junior, Youth and Apprentice Officials Requirements  

(Whether you are staying at the same rating level or moving up to Local Rating) the following items must be accomplished.

 1.  Be a member of U.S. Lacrosse (annual renewal required)

  • Returning Officials:  Please go to www.uslacrosse.org to confirm that your membership is up to date.  Also, please check the SOWLUA site under 'Roster' to see if you are due to be re-rated.

2.  Be a member of SOWLUA ($35 annual membership fee, fill out a membership form here).

3.  Attend the annual Rules Interpretation Meeting.

4.  Take and submit the most current U.S. Lacrosse Official Test. Link to the test is here

  • Please log-on with your Arbiter credentials. 

5.  Get concussion education:

  • House Bill 143 requires officials to complete online education. Complete the NFHS training here or the CDC's online training here.  Umpires must e-mail a copy of the certification to SOWLUA and carry a copy of the completion certificate. 

6.  Take the U.S. Lacrosse Online Course.  Instruction on how to enroll is here (6MB).   

7.  Complete the annual official training, session 2 (advance rules), session 3 (field training) and session 4 (examination).

8.  Get Field Rated. 

9.  Read the most current U.S. Lacrosse Official Manual.

10. Give Service.  Submit the service form by 30 April each year.  The form can be found here

11. Be at least 16 years of age (does not apply for Apprentice or Junior umpires). 

What is:  
Rules Interpretation Meeting: Annual mandatory meeting where policies, procedures, and rules updates are discussed.  Officials should attend Rules Interpretation  Meeting in their chapter.  In case of a conflict, umpires may attend another chapter's Rules Interpretation Meeting.  Please make arrangements with the SOWLUA board.


Classroom Training:  Lessons on basic rules, advance rules, professional conduct, field position and making the call are provided.  Instructions are delivered via slide shows, demonstrations and interactions.   Classroom training provides an opportunity for officials to learn from each other.


Field Training:  Reinforcements on classroom lessons on the field for more realism. 


Field Rating:  An opportunity for new and returning SOWLUA officials to demonstrate their skills and receive feedback from more experience officials.


Service:  Activities that SOWLUA officials do to help advance the safety of women's lacrosse and/or help with the association functions.  Examples:  volunteer to conduct a parents rules meeting for a team, volunteering to check-in officials at the rules interpretation meeting, and volunteering to teach and explain new rules changes to local teams.  Still unsure of what constitute as service?  Contact us.

New Official Requirements   

1.  Be a member of U.S. Lacrosse (annual renewal required)

2.  Be a member of SOWLUA ($35 annual membership fee, fill out a membership form here).

3.  Attend the Annual Rules Interpretation Meeting.

4.  Submit an application for and obtain a OHSAA permit number OR add Girls Lacrosse to an existing OHSAA permit.

  • OHSAA is the sanctioning body in Ohio for the sport of girl's scholastic lacrosse.
  • A member new to OHSAA may create a profile through MYOHSAA.
  • In the event that you are already an OHSAA official you can add Girls Lacrosse to your permit.

5.  Take and submit the most current U.S. Lacrosse Official Test. Link to the test is here

  • Please log-on with your Arbiter credentials.

6.  Get concussion education:

  • House Bill 143 requires officials to complete online education. Complete the NFHS training here or the CDC's online training here.  Umpires must e-mail a copy of the certification to SOWLUA and carry a copy of the completion certificate. 

7.  Take the U.S. Lacrosse Online Course.  Instruction on how to enroll is here (6MB).   

8.  Complete the annual official training, session 1 (basic rules), session 2 (advance rules), session 3 (field training) and session 4 (examination).

9.  Get Field Rated. 

10.  Read the most current U.S. Lacrosse Official Manual.

10. Give Service.  Submit the service form by 30 April each year.  The form can be found here

11. Be at least 16 years of age (does not apply for Apprentice or Junior umpires). 

SOWLUA Board Chair: Katie Zeigert        

Contact: sowlua@gmail.com  

Official Training & Certification Requirements