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Youth Official Instructions

GLLOA Members:  The process to become a Youth or Junior referee is detailed below.  I have taken these steps with my son who has completed the process in order to provide as clear a set of directions as possible. 


A) Sign up for free membership at GLLOA (contact   with any issues)

B) Join US Lacrosse, if not already a member, and be sure to choose Great Lakes Lacrosse Officials Organization as your local group.  If you are signed up as a player already, please call USL to transfer your membership to an official over the phone, 410-235-6882 ext. 102. Being listed as a player will not allow you to be covered under an official’s insurance – that is why USL membership matters.  

**NOTE** if you attended one of the three IHSA clinics GLLOA ran for the 2018 season, please email me as you only need to take the Youth test (skip to part I below).

C) Log into USL once a member and follow the instructions on the OFFICIALS ... Resources ... Online Courses

D) Select the Catalog option ... Officials drop down ... Men's Game Officials ... Rules Courses and Webinar ... 2018 Boy's Lacrosse Rules Online Course (this is the NFHS course).

E) Start with the top option "Learn About This Course ... OPEN FIRST"

F) Proceed to the Rule 1 Learning Segment and watch / interact with the video.

G) Click on the Knowledge Check after each segment and answer the questions.

H) Repeat until done ... this is about 3.0 hours of training and it does not have to be completed in one sitting.  We did it in two sessions.

I) Get and save your certificate when complete and move on to the exam at Annual Rules Exams ... Youth Boys Exam ... where you will find three videos (introduction, rules changes, and rules exam).

J) Click on the Introduction "WATCH VIDEO BEFORE STARTING THE EXAM" to understand your options ... it is about 5 minutes long.

K) Get the resources (they are helpful) and click on the 2018 Rule Changes "VIDEO" ... it’s 14 minutes long.

L) Take the test and earn an 85% on the exam ... save your certificate when complete.


When you are finished, please email me the NFHS course completion certificate and the Youth Rules Test certificate.  At this time, you are ready to officiate.  Youth games start in the middle of April.  We will be in posting details on uniforms, Arbiter assigning, mentors, and scrimmages for youth officials.


Dave Krok

President, GLLOA


by posted 03/05/2018
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