Are You Ready to Join the Third Team on the field?
Training for the fall & spring 2022-2023 seasons will start in August, 2022.
For information on these training dates and more please contact Tom Lewis,
, for boys and Aimetta Prince, email@example.com, for girls.
WHY BECOME AN OFFICIAL?
Officiating is the perfect way to stay actively involved in the game. The officiating community is the “third team” on the field and through officiating you can develop friendships and connections with others committed to the game. You will become part of the Alabama Lacrosse Officials Association (ALOA) which provides officials to all lacrosse games in Alabama.
Tired of paying for the gym membership that you hardly (never) use? How about getting paid to get in shape and get some exercise?
Schedules are flexible as there are several games to cover throughout the week and weekends. ALOA uses a scheduling program called Arbiter which allows member officials to “block” times when a member is unable to work a game. So, in essence, you control your schedule and work as much as you would like.
What Does This Cost and How Much Can I Make?
Here is a breakdown:
Annual costs - ALOA Dues - $45.00 for new officials; USL Dues - $55.00 (Rulebook is included with your membership dues)
Start-up costs: Uniform – Google “Lacrosse Official Uniform” and you will find several suppliers, but average starter kit cost is $100 - $200.
How Many Games Will I Get and How Much Can I Make? Officials will typically get between 25 and 40 games per season.
Here are the 2022 Boys and Girls Officials game fees:
8U - $50
10U - $60
12U - $60
14U - $60
JV/V - $75
As there are typically games every weeknight and weekends, you can do your own math. Recouping the dues and start-up costs will come quickly. Remember – you control your availability; so how many games you are assigned depends on your availability.
Most games are in Birmingham metro (Sicard Hollow, MB, Tville, Hoover, Vestavia, Homewood); Weekday games are typically 5:30pm or 7:15pm.
Weekend games start at 9:00am and run throughout the day. Sunday games start no earlier than 1:00pm unless special circumstances.
How Often Do I Get Paid?
The Spring season runs from mid-February to early May. The ALOA treasurer pays out every two weeks during the season with the final paycheck coming after the championships (2nd weekend in May), which delays payment beyond the two week period by about a week.
How Long Will It Take Me to Learn the Rules and Start Getting Assigned Games?
There are several mandatory trainings, usually starting in December or January of each year. Attend those trainings, pass the 2 mandatory rules tests, purchase the uniforms, and you are ready to go. We will match newer officials with a senior official to make sure you are not alone out there.
As far as “knowing the rules” – well that is a journey. Depending on your experience, a new official will take about 1-2 years to understand the rules and application. Our trainers emphasize “getting in the book” and working on those areas that are a little more complicated.
Can I Officiate Boys and Girls?
You can, but as a new official, it’s probably best to learn one or the other. If you grew up with the game, it is possible to officiate both games.
ALOA provides secondary insurance to its members. USA Lacrosse membership also provides another level of liability coverage for all member officials.
Are you ready to join the Third Team on the field?
- Contact ALOA
- For the Girls Game – Aimetta Prince-
- For the Boys Game – Tom Lewis –
- Attend training – Aimetta or Tom will provide the upcoming dates for training and certification in preparation for the upcoming season.
- Join USA Lacrosse if you haven’t already - https://www.usalacrosse.com/
- Click the Join button in the upper right and follow the instructions to join as an official
- If you are already a member, please contact Membership Services – 410-235-6882 #102, they will assist you in converting or adding yourself as an official.