It is the mission of SOCALOA to provide the best boy's lacrosse officials in Southern California.


  • 9+ hours of training for youth

  • 18+ hours of training for CIF High School

  • Pass NFHS Rules Test

  • Complete Annual Physical Fitness Test

  • Complete annual USL Certification requirements

The requirements for youth officiating shall be 9 hours and in order to officiate high school level games a SOCALOA official shall complete at least 18 hours of training annually. In addition, officials who wish to officiate youth games and/or high school level games must pass the NFHS Rules test and complete a physical fitness test annually.

While mandatory for some, ALL training sessions are designed for ALL levels of officials. The session are designed to integrate officials of various levels and facilitate the experience and expertise of all to promote learning for all. Level 3R officials may also assist with training in Sessions 1-4 to obtain training hours and service hours toward USL re-certification.

Below is the breakdown by level of required and optional training. Make sure your total hours equals at least 9 or 18 hrs:


Annual Meeting/ Classroom Training Session 1 (Mandatory for Levels 1, 2, 3):

November 9, 2022 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (2 hr) and (1 hr Homework assignment)

Classroom Training Session 2 (Mandatory for Level 1):

November 30, 2022 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (2 hr) and (1 hr Homework assignment)

Classroom Training Session 3 (Mandatory for Levels 1, 2):

December 14, 2022 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (2 hr) and (1 hr Homework assignment)

Classroom Training Session 4 (Mandatory for Level 1):

January 11, 2023 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (2 hr) and (1 hr Homework assignment)

NILOA College Official’s Meeting Session 5* (Mandatory for NILOA officials)

TBA, 2022 (3 hr)

Physical Fitness Test / Field Training Skills / Session 6 (Mandatory for Levels 2, 3):

February 1, 2023 - 6:00-8:00 (2 hr) and (1 hr Homework assignment)

Training Assignments:

NFHS Rules Testing (3 hr)

USL Youth Rules Testing (1 hr)

On-line Training Assignments:

"2023 Boys' Lacrosse Rules Online Course" - [See directions below] (3 hr)

New Member Exam (2 hr)

On-line Training Courses

New Junior and new Level 1 officials must complete the USL on-line Officiating Course entitled, "2023 Boys' Lacrosse Rules Online Course," before Training Session 2.

To take the USL Level 1 Official's On-line class, visit: The directions to sign up are on the site. USL membership is required to take the class. Follow the three steps below:

STEP 1: Go to and select "CATALOG"

STEP 2: Select "Officiating Courses"

STEP 3: Select "2023 Boys' Lacrosse Rules Online Course"


All training Sessions will have virtual and in-person options. We are strongly encouraging and incentivizing a return to in-person training to encourage more discussion and camaraderie. However, we will provide a virtual option for those who cannot make the sessions in-person. Potential sites for sessions are San Juan Capistrano and Bellflower.

If you have any questions, please let us know at Thank you!