Illinois Boy’s and Men’s lacrosse has experienced quite a bit of growth and change over the past several seasons. Membership is up nearly 70% and the territory we are covering for training / official’s development is greater than any time in the past. Incredulously, the explosion of high school and youth lacrosse games is even greater than that of our membership. It is apparent to all that the need for leadership and official’s development is greater now than at any point.
To accommodate the growth Illinois Boy’s Lacrosse and GLLOA are experiencing, we are happy to announce that we will be expanding our management board by four seats. We are asking for volunteers to fill them for a two to three year period. Each successive year has brought new challenges to GLLOA and our membership, and we still do not see this trend slowing. In discussion with the Board, we believe these four new seats should be filled by officials looking to add to our mission both physically and intellectually.
More specifically, we require the physical participation on conference calls, at training, or on the field mentoring and observing. It includes the same participation you have come to expect of your current board members: solid recruiting strategies, providing the best training, and ensuring a high level of retained boy’s and men’s lacrosse officials. Furthermore, we expect leadership in thought and deed. This sport is growing at a phenomenal pace at every level and we need non-lacrosse skills to fulfill our mission. Finally, it can not be understated that we value individuals whose moral compass aligns to that of GLLOA, IHSA, and US Lacrosse values.
We are opening the process to all members to self-nominate now. There is neither a minimum number of years of membership nor physical test of lacrosse prowess required. We simply want you to email the following to us:
Your name and IHSA Official’s number
A brief description of your reason for wanting to join the GLLOA Board
Emails should be sent to
no later than Saturday, July 19th, at midnight Central. If you are interested in giving back to the game of Men’s Lacrosse and supporting the Great Lakes Lacrosse Officials’ Association mission, we encourage you to apply to join us.
We look forward to receiving an overwhelming number of your responses!