It is the mission of SOCALOA to provide the best boy's lacrosse officials in Southern California.
REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION
9+ hours of training for youth
18+ hours of training for CIF High School
Pass NFHS Rules 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 25, 2023 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (2 hr) and (1 hr Homework assignment)
Classroom Training Session 2 (Mandatory for Level 1):
December 6, 2023 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (2 hr) and (1 hr Homework assignment)
Classroom Training / Field Training Session 3 (Mandatory for Levels 1, 2):
January 10, 2024 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (2 hr) and (1 hr Homework assignment)
NILOA College Officials Meeting Session 4* (Mandatory for NILOA officials)
TBA, 2022 (3 hr)
Classroom Training / Field Training Session 5 (Mandatory for Levels 2, 3):
January 31, 2024 - 6:00-8:00 (2 hr) and (1 hr Homework assignment)
NFHS Rules Testing (3 hr)
USL Youth Rules Testing (1 hr)
On-line Training Assignments:
"2023-24 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, "2024 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 2: Select "Officiating Courses"
STEP 3: Select "2023 Boys' Lacrosse Rules Online Course"
All training Sessions will have 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 have extenuating circumstances and cannot make the sessions in-person. Potential sites for sessions are San Juan Capistrano, Irvine, and Tustin.