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Training

"Our mission is to create a safe environment where lacrosse players can have fun while learning to play the game by the rules."

Note to parents: Being a successful lacrosse official requires a high level of responsibility and maturity. If a high school student has the requisite level of responsibility and maturity, he or she should be able to complete the process on his or her own. Because of that, we ask that parents refrain from e-mailing or calling on behalf of their children. If your child has a question or issue, please have your child address it with one of the instructors or training coordinators.


2021 Season Info:
As our State continues to struggle with the COVID Pandemic, we must be flexible with our approach to our normal training schedule. 
Season start dates, training sessions, and jamborees will all look different this year. 
Our plan is to deliver the annual classroom training using an online format, with an anticipated start date of mid/late February. 
If at all possible WALOA will try to coordinate field training with the different leagues prior to the start of their seasons.



                                                            2021 WALOA New Referee Checklist

 Please follow these steps to complete registration as a new official.

If you are a returning official, please see that section below.

The 2021 Season is different due to the Pandemic.

Usually New Officials would attend a classroom session to learn about being an official.

This year, we cannot do that.


For NEW officials, here is the process:

1. WALOA Membership: Go to www.waloa.info/training follow directions for “Registration for the 2021 Season" '(see below this section)

    Use your own email and phone numbers NOT YOUR PARENTS!!!

2. US Lacrosse Membership: Update your USL membership to include "Official". CALL USL at (410) 235-6882 and have "Official" added to your profile.  Request 2021 NFHS Rule Book or US Lacrosse Youth Rules Book.

3. Complete the 2021 Boys Lacrosse Rules Online Courses (Level 1)

a.      Complete the Boy's Lacrosse Rules Online Course:  It looks like this:


                        b.  There is 1 Annual Rules Interpretation course that must be completed.                                                                                                              (2021 US Lacrosse Youth Boys’ Rules Interpretation Session, or High School Rules Interpretation)

c.  There is 1 Annual Rules Exam that must be completed (2021 Boys Youth Rules Exam, or High School Rules Exam)               You should complete the Rules Interpretation and Rules Exam for the level you will be officiating.

d.  Send .pdf copies of the course completions to: Jeff Bambrick, email:  jbambrick@cityoftacoma.org


4. To get paid you must have an                                                                                                                                                                                      Arbiter Account: Click on http://waloa.arbitersports.com/front/106941/registration to register in Arbiter as a ref. 

        When creating your account it is important to properly align yourself with your training region.

        This will not impact your ability to officiate in other regions.

        Youth Officials MUST align yourself with the region where you live.

  •    If you live in the NSYLA region enter "NSYLA" as your region
  •    If you live in the GELL region enter "GELL" as your region
  •    If you live in the SSYLA region enter "SSYLA" as your region
  •    If you live in the SMYLA region enter "SMYLA" as your region
  •    If you live in the Tri-Cities/Yakima region enter "CWLL" as your region
  •    If you live in the Greater Spokane region, enter "Spokane" as your region

5. Pay WALOA Membership FeePay $55 for youth officiating. Use your own email and phone numbers NOT YOUR PARENTS!!!

     For HS officials, pay $75.00.

6. Arbiter RefPay: Go to www.refpay.com and set up an Arbiter Pay account.  Must have a bank account, bank routing number, email and phone number.  Use the same email for Arbiter, ArbiterPay, USL, and WALOA registration.  

Use your own email and phone numbers NOT YOUR PARENTS!!!


7. Purchase Uniform Items:

Order and purchase uniform items

There are three websites listed on WALOA training page.  You can choose to use any, but our recommendation is to go to www.zebrawear.com and select the “Stro” Elite starter pack.  It includes everything listed below except belt, shorts, pants, shoes and socks.  We suggest paying the extra $15 and have the patches sewn on. 


  Striped Shirt (with US Flag above left pocket) – USL Patch Optional

· Officials black hat with white piping 

· Fox 40 Whistle

· Flags (2)

· Pocket Tape Measure

· Scorecard/Pencil

· TIMER (mandatory for 7-8 and HS games)

· Black Golf Shorts with belt loops and pockets/Black Long Pants with belt loops and pockets.

· Black Running Shoes / cleats

· Black Belt

· Black ankle socks

· Black T-shirt 

8. Attend your Regional Training Sessions

  • Regional Training will be conducted Online for 2021, your Regional Coordinator will set that up

                                 


                                       2021 WALOA Returning Referee Checklist

ALL OF THE STEPS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE YOUR SEASON STARTS!
  1.  Confirm the information in your Arbiter Account is current
    1. Name, Address, phone #, email, Region, age, grade, etc
       2. WALOA Membership: Go to www.waloa.info/training follow directions for “Registration for the 2021 Season" 
            Pay your $55.00 annual WALOA Youth Officials Membership fee.  $75 for High School Officials.
            IF YOU ARE OFFICIATING BOTH LEVELS OF PLAY, ONLY PAY FOR YOUR HIGH SCHOOLS DUES ($75.00)

       3. NFHS & Youth Rules Exams:  Go to www.uslacrosse.org/officials/rule-exams and take 2021 NFHS Boys exam 
            Or 2021 US  Lacrosse Youth exam. If you are officiating both levels of play, take both tests.
            Send copies of the certificates of completion to: Jeff Bambrick, jbambrick@cityoftacoma.org
      
       4. NFHS & Youth Rules Interpretation Webinars: These are at the same location as the Rules Tests. 
            Complete the Rules Interpretation Webinar for the level of play you will be officiating.
            Send copies of the certificates of completion to: Jeff Bambrick, jbambrick@cityoftacoma.org

       5. Attend your Regional Training Sessions, these will be held online for the 2021 Season


                                                       
                                     2021 TRAINING SCHEDULE

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021 SEASON IS OPEN.


HIGH SCHOOL GAME OFFICIALS 2021 TRAINING SESSION
TO BE DETERMINED


YOUTH OFFICIALS TRAINING SESSIONS BY REGION
TO BE DETERMINED

South Sound (SSYLA):

TO BE DETERMINED

Contact for Questions regarding South Sound Region: Jeff Bambrick: jbambrick@comcast.net  phone: (253) 579-2106


North Sound (NSYLA)

TO BE DETERMINED

Contact for Questions regarding North Sound Region: Chris Cote: chrisccote@comcast.net  phone: (206) 669-3128


Greater Eastside (GELL):

TO BE DETERMINED

Contact for Questions regarding Greater Eastside Region:

 Andy Assante: andy.assante@gmail.com 

or 

 Aaron Koransky: akoransky@me.com


Seattle Metro (SMYLA):

TO BE DETERMINED

Contact for Questions regarding Seattle Metro Region: Ron Wright: rwright@rwaa.com


Tr-Cities/Yakima (CWLL)

TO BE DETERMINED

Contact for Questions regarding CWLL RegionJennifer Gibson, 3riversgibson@gmail.com



SPOKANE REGION YOUTH OFFICIALS TRAINING SESSIONS   

TO BE DETERMINED


Contact for Questions regarding Spokane Training Sessions:  Frank Lynch, franklynch@xmission.com





US Lacrosse 2-man mechanics: 

https://uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/officials/2-Person_Mechanics_2020.pdf


US Lacrosse 3-man mechanics:  

https://uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/officials/3-Person_Mechanics_2020.pdf




Using Arbiter: 
How To Set Up Blocks: 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gpYwNm9HHpU


UNIFORM

You are required to have a complete uniform for the field training sessions, and for working any games this season.
The common sources for starter packages are: