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USL Certification

In 2014, the DLOA Executive Board determined that by the end of the 2018 Season, all members of the DLOA hold an active US Lacrosse Men's Game Certification.  All officials training and observations and evaluation will be done by certified US Lacrosse Trainers and observers.  The training committee will develop an annual training strategy to insure that new officials receive their Level 1 certification by the end of their applicant year and that all current members receive the proper training to be able to maintain their  current level of certification and to have the opportunity to move to the next highest level of certification throughout the year.  Individual officials are responsible for completing requirements to maintain their current USL certification annually.  Here is a synopsis of the USL Men's Game Certification Program


US Lacrosse Certification Overview

Initial Certification for New Members and Transfers

  • New Members Complete Applicant Course to Receive USL Level 1 Certification
  • Transfer Members (Who are not USL Certified) work with Trainers and Observers to complete appropriate USL Certification Level

Initial Certification for Current DLOA Members (Completed Prior to End of 2018 Season)

  • The Training Committee has determined Initial Certification Level for all existing members.
  • Members are responsible for completing all USL requirements for Certification at that level Including:
    • Maintain current USL Membership with Official's designation
    • Completion Of USL Rules and Penalties Course. (Report Completion to Trainer)
    • Completion of Required Classroom Time (Achieved by attending DLOA Meetings)
    • Pass USL Online Rules Exam With Required Score for that Certification Level
      • This is different from NFHS Exam required by DIAA
      • Test is accessed on USL Central Hub on Arbiter.
      • Report Score to Trainer.

Advance to Higher Certification for Current DLOA Members

  • Members are responsible for completing all USL requirements for Certification at new level Including:
    • Maintain current USL Membership with Official's designation
    • Complete all Requirements for Previous Certification Level and Notify Trainer of Desire to Advance to Higher Certification
    • Completion of Required Classroom Time for new certification level (Achieved by attending DLOA Meetings)
    • Completion of Successful ON-Field Evaluation by DLOA Observer
      • Notify Trainer at Start of Season to Arrange Observation.
      • Cost of Observation is 1/2 of Game Fee for Game Observed
    • Pass USL Online Rules Exam With Required Score for that Certification Level
      • This is different from NFHS Exam required by DIAA
      • Test is accessed on USL Central Hub on Arbiter.
      • Report Score to Trainer.

Annual Re-certification for Current DLOA Members.

  • Maintain current USL Membership with Official's Designation
  • Completion of Required Classroom Time (Achieved by attending DLOA Meetings)
  • Pass USL Online Rules Exam With Required Score for that Certification Level
    • This is different from NFHS Exam required by DIAA
    • Test is accessed on USL Central Hub on Arbiter.
    • Report Score to Trainer


Questions Regarding USL Certification, Training and Observation can be directed to the DLOA Trainer Greg Bulger gpbulger@gmail.com

Training Committee Members

Mike Wilbur-Chairperson
Greg Bulger-Training Director
Mike Hernandez-Trainer
Kevin Clark-Observer
Bill Squires-Observer
Karen Batheras-Observer
JP Bennett-Assignor


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