South Carolina Lacrosse Officials ASSOCIATION

Steps for becoming a Certified Lacrosse Official in South Carolina


  • Join US Lacrosse.  
  1. All participants in South Carolina lacrosse are required to be members of US Lacrosse, including players, coaches and officials.  This ensures that everyone receives the same rules information as well as insurance coverage for any lacrosse-related incidents.  
  2. Adult membership is $50 (under 19 is $35) and includes a rule book – which you will need to pass the rules exams.
  3. Here is the link to sign up:
  4. If you have already joined US Lacrosse as a player or coach, you will need to add the “official” designation to your account.  This will get you access (at no cost) to the online course, tests, and the USL Central Hub hosted on  
  • Take the online course at USL.  
  1. This course is a lacrosse introduction/refresher.  It’s broken up into sections so you can complete it at your own pace, and only takes about an hour.  The sections are not long, but there are periodic “quizzes”, so plan on staying at your phone/tablet/computer.
  2. Use your USL username and password at this link:
  3. Click on “catalogue”
  4. Select “officiating courses”
  5. Add the men’s course to cart  (If the cost is more than $0.00, see above on adding the “official” designation to your USL account. )
  6. Proceed through checkout steps
  7. Launch course
  • Pass the rules exams.  
  1. These are open-book exams, so have the following before you start:
    1. Your NFHS rule book.  If you haven’t received yours yet from USL, you can wait to take the exams until after a training session; we try to have copies available for purchase, and we’ll buy back your unused copy when it arrives.
    2. The 2019 2-Person Mechanics manual.  This material is also covered during training.
    3. The 2020 Youth Rules manual.  Also covered during training.
  2. Go to the USL testing site by following this visual guide:  Accessing The US Lacrosse Tests  (Note: the download link shown on page 3 is missing; use the one shown on page 4 instead.)
  3.  Under the “Open Tests” section, look for
    1. US Lacrosse Boys Youth Rules Test,  and
  4. Select “Take Test” for one of the above
  5. You will see a link in the middle to open/download a PDF file containing the exam.  We highly recommend that you download and print a copy of the exam and complete it offline. 
  6. When you are finished, return to “Open Tests” and “Take Test” to enter your answers.
  7. Your test will be graded immediately.  In fact, you will have a second chance on each question as you proceed through the exam.  If your exam score is below the passing grade, USL will provide rule references for the questions you missed. You can then review the missed questions on your printout, make necessary changes, and then “Take Test” again to re-enter your answers. You are allowed up to 999 attempts.
  8. Repeat for the other exam.  Both are mandatory.
  • Attend a certification clinic.
  1. While it may change in the future, we have structured the clinics to be single-day events.  See the training schedule for dates and locations and a link to our online registration form:  
  • Join SCLOA.  
  1. Dues can be paid online.  The cost is $50(add $2.50 for online payment). Dues are used to pay for your Arbiter account fees, clinics and training expenses, observations, supplies, etc.  No compensation is made to directors or officers for serving in those roles aside from waiving their annual dues.
  2. To pay dues use Venmo. 
  • Work scrimmages / shadow.  
  1. This is where you get to step on the field and work alongside experienced officials.  We employ shadowing and sideline evaluations to help you put your classroom learning and self-study into action.
  2. Scrimmage dates will be communicated by your the regional assignors in the Coastal, Midlands and Upstate regions
  • Log In to ArbiterSports.
  1. is used to assign High School level games. For recreation and tournaments each assignor coordinate and set schedules outside of
  2. You have the ability (and responsibility) to block full or partial days when you are unavailable.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE keep your calendar blocks updated.  The more games you decline, the more our assigners will question your desire to officiate, and less games will be offered to you.
  3. You may also enter limitations on the distance you are willing to travel for games.  The site makes these calculations automatically, so you can define your starting point on weekdays or weekends by entering your work/school and home zip codes.  Out-of-region travel is handled differently and you will only be assigned to such games by pre-arrangement with your assigner(s).  Please refer to our fee schedule for information on regions and mileage reimbursement.
  4. See the References page on our website for a variety of instructional videos on navigating ArbiterSports, viewing your schedule, changing preferences, and much more:  ArbiterSports Tips
  • Acquire Uniform and Equipment.
  1. Being paid to officiate makes us professionals, and we owe it to ourselves, our crew members, and our association to look the part.
  2. Basic uniform includes:  hat, jersey, black shorts and belt, black ankle socks, and all-black shoes.
  3. Basic equipment includes:  whistle, flags, small tape measure, 20-second timer, and scorecard.
  4. See the SCLOA website for further details and where to find everything you need: Uniform Requirements 

DISCLAIMER:  Please note that while SCLOA strives to prepare all new and returning officials to work youth and high school lacrosse games, we are a volunteer organization with limited resources.  As a result, the certification process depends heavily on the efforts of the individual.  Learning the rules and mechanics, taking the exams, acquiring equipment, and developing field presence are all required tasks that can’t be accomplished solely in a classroom or at a scrimmage.  Each individual will progress at his or her own pace, and some may not be ready to assume a role of authority when games are assigned.  Because of this, SCLOA cannot guarantee game assignments.  If you have questions about your readiness and how you might accelerate it, please don’t hesitate to ask our trainers, observers and assigners.


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