Sign up for Training
2022 Training Date/Location:
November 29, 2022 6:00-8:00pm @ Bethel Park HS
Click here to register!
Trainees must be at least 14 years old.
On-Field training is required and will take place during the Winner's Edge Indoor Seasons at the
Printscape Arena at Southpointe
Winter Lax starts 11/7/2021
114 Southpointe Blvd, Canonsburg, PA 15317
Are you ready to earn your STRIPES?
Training is FREE
Classes offered in the Fall with on-field training during the Winner's Edge Indoor Seasons
We are pleased to announce Officials Training Program. This initiative will serve the growing sport throughout Western PA and West Virginia.
We have designated three core components to this program:
The goal of this program is to provide qualified officials on all middle school and youth games (U8 through U14) and to develop new appreciation and support of the game through officiating.
All WPSLA Officials are required to have PA State Clearances and an FBI Criminal History Clearance
1. A Child Abuse Clearance can be obtained through the Child Welfare Portal.
2. A Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal History Check can be obtained here.
3. A FBI Fingerprint Criminal History Clearance is obtained by registering on the IDEMIA website.
a. Enter code (1KG756) and click GO
b. Click 'Schedule or Manage Appointment'
c. Enter your personal info
d. For EMPLOYER info - Enter 'Self Employed' and your own address.
TOP 10 REASONS TO OFFICIATE FOR WINNER'S EDGE
1. Make new friends
Refereeing is a great way of meeting new people with a common lacrosse interest.
2. Keeping fit and active
Officiating is a great way to keep fit and active. It doesn't matter how fit you are now, we have some of the best trainers who bring the best out of our members.
3. Build your confidence
WPSLA takes pride in our training and education, and will give you the tools to make the right decisions. Officiating will provide the confidence you will use in life.
4. Learn more about the game
Have you sat watching lacrosse and wonder why decisions are made? As an official, you will learn the rules and get a better understanding of our game.
5. Doing something for the community
WPSLA provides accredited officials for every age group in youth and MS competition. As an official, you are helping the future of girls lacrosse in WPA and WV, and the future of our/your kids.
6. Be a part of the game
You don't need to have kids or play to be a part of the game. Officiating puts you in the middle of the field and makes you the most important person on the field.
7. Make it to the pros?
You don't need to play to make it to the big time. With hard work and dedication, you can make it to the big time. Our officials are BIG TIME!
8. Anyone can be a referee
It doesn't matter how fit you are, how old you are or whether you're male or female, officiating is open to anyone over 14 who has a good attitude and patient demeanor.
9. Great support and camaraderie
WPSLA has some great support initiatives to make sure that when you are out there, you're not alone.
10. Earn a little extra money
Locally, every game you referee will be paid and payments are made on the spot, at each game. Officials can make thousands of dollars during the Spring season.
USL Rule Book
Girls Youth Guidebook
Junior Officiating Supplement
Purchase 'Starter Kit'
Junior Officiating - Jack_of_all_Trades.pdf
What is a Junior Official:
Is under 18 years of age or in High School and is qualified to umpire Youth Level games for games in which the participants are 2 age groups younger than the umpire.
Must attend a basic training clinic (classroom AND on field training)
Must score 80% or above on the US Lacrosse Girls Youth Officiating Exam
Must complete an on-field session of any manner of play during which feedback is given
Must be a member of US Lacrosse