Girls officials are called umpires; boys officials are called referees. Clubs are required to have one certified official per team in their organization, as stated in the NCJLA Club Application HERE. The NCJLA helps coordinate training. To learn more about becoming an official contact the boys and girls official's organizations directly, see links below. Two officials are scheduled per game for U12, U14 and HS. One referee is schedule for boys U10. One adult umpire or two junior umpires are scheduled for girls U10 games. Each team pays fees per game to cover the expense of the officials’ time, approved travel, assigning and administrative fees. No officials are required for U8 boys or girls but the NCJLA recommends that at least one coach complete officials training.
Girls (U14 and up) and Boys varsity teams may opt to have three referees at their games. If both teams agree, then the cost is split between them. If one team wants three and the other team wants two, then the team who wants three can opt to pay the entire additional cost for the third referee. Requests should be made to the assignor for the game and must come from the club president.
Assignments and Arbiter
Officials are assigned to games via the web-based assigning tool ArbiterSports.com. The NCJLA is the interface between the NCJLA clubs and the official’s organization. The NCJLA will input all games into Arbiter, and send instructions to clubs on how to go into Arbiter and find their officials for each game. Go to ArbiterSports.com for more information. Click here for current assigners' contact information.
Officials assigned to your scheduled games are listed within Arbiter.
Click here on how to find Officials.
Arbiter also allows you to share feedback on both boys and girls officials assigned to your games.
Click here on how to evaluate Officials.
Each club is to send one NEW adult or new junior umpires/referees each year to training along with any returning umpires they have recruited in the past. In areas where there are officials' shortages, your club may be asked to send more than two officials to the training. This is training for NCJLA games only. It consists of two classroom trainings and one field training. If there is a shortage of officials in your area and your club has not recruited referees or umpires the assignors may not be able to provide officials. This may impact your original game schedule. For more information please see the boys or girls' official's websites listed below.
The NorCal Chapter of US Lacrosse Umpire Committee assigns NCJLA Girls youth and HS games: www.norcalchapterusl.org.
The Northern California Lacrosse Referees Association assigns NCJLA Boys youth and HS games:
Becoming an Official and Recruiting Materials
Girls, go to: www.norcalchapterusl.org
Boys, go to: http://www.nclaxref.org/iwannabearef.html