The purpose of this program is to standardize requirements for women's lacrosse officials trainers.
The goal of this program is to educate and empower local area trainers who organize and implement the US Lacrosse Women’s Officials Education Program throughout the country. The national certified trainer program strives to equip all trainers to effectively deliver a comprehensive and consistent training and education experience for women’s game officials.
Certification Trainer Timeline
Registration open: October 2015
Online Course open: November 2015
Annual Webinar: December 2015
Please contact the US Lacrosse Officials Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Who can apply for the Certified Trainer Program?
Interested applicants should be:
- Well-respected in the area.
- Past experience assisting in training classes is a plus, but not required
- An official with at least three years of officiating experience at the high school level in their area.
How will US Lacrosse evaluate the applications?
Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:
Quality of the application:
- All fields are complete.
- Questions are clearly answered.
- Includes one letter of recommendation from the Local Board or Region Chair for the applicant's area. Applications without a letter of recommendation from a Local Board or Region Chair will not be accepted.
What are the requirements for certification?
There are eight requirements for new certified trainers. Requirements 1-4 must be completed in order. Requirements 5-8 may be completed in any order.
- Apply using the links on this page and contact your Local Board or Region Chair for a letter of recommendation.
- Have a current US Lacrosse Membership with Official Participation.
- Register into the Certified Trainer program and pay the $50 one-time registration fee.
- Initiate a background check through US Lacrosse's background check provider NCSI.*
- Complete the US Lacrosse Women's Game Officiating Online course at www.uslacrossecourses.org.
- Complete the US Lacrosse Certified Trainer Online Course (link provided after registering).
- Participate in the annual Certified Trainer Webinar (link provided after registering).
- Pass the upcoming season's rules tests (USL HS + USL Youth) with a 90% or better on the USL Central Hub.
*NOTE - US Lacrosse only accepts the NCSI background check for all programs in officials education. State or other federal background checks cannot be substituted for this requirement. There is a cost associated with the background check that varies from $25 (low-end) to $85 (high-end); this variation depends on your state of residence. Background checks are good for two years.What do Certified Trainers receive?
Upon completion of all requirements trainers are granted access to the CTO Resource Library. A one-stop shop where you can download:
- Training PowerPoint Presentations.
- Electronic versions of the Training Manuals.
- Penalty videos (Major and Minor Fouls)
- Mechanics videos (2- and 3-person).
The CTO Resource Library also has an online store where you can buy hard copies of training materials, evaluation form packets, and more all at a bigger discount than the average US Lacrosse Official Member.
Certified Trainers also receive a US Lacrosse Officials Education Program Polo once all of the requirements are complete. The $50 one-time registration fee helps offset the cost of developing and updating training materials each year as well as apparel orders.