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Become an OWFL Official

A great way to stay active, give back to the game, earn some extra money, and develop your lacrosse IQ - there is a ton to be gained from taking an OLA Certification Clinic and becoming an OWFL official. Ontario officials represent Canada at prestigious national and international events annually, including the World Championships and World Games. Mentorship and development are key points of emphasis for the 2023 season to help the next generation of developing officials achieve their goals. Most of all, we're proud of the officiating community we are building in Ontario. Learn more below and join us in 2023!

 

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OFFICIATING CERTIFICATION

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

The Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA)'s National Officiating Certification Program (NOCP) is an education-based professional training opportunity which allows officials to learn and grow, while managing the sport of lacrosse at all levels. Typically, certification and recertification clinics take place annually in April. 

The minimum age to certify for OWFL is turning 14 years of age in 2023 (birth year 2009). 

Anyone is welcome to become an official. In recent years, many young women's lacrosse athletes at the U15 level have joined our ranks, but parents, siblings, friends, and recent OWFL graduates are encouraged to join us in 2023.  

New Level 1 (first-year) registration fee includes jersey, whistle, flag and cards. More information about the Ontario Lacrosse Officials' Association (OLOA) how our fees help support us throughout the year to follow. 

Information on how to register for an OWFL-approved Officiating Certification Course will be posted on this page when it is available, including dates, locations and cost. 

CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS

 

ALL officials in the OWFL who are 18 years of age and older must have a current police check on file with the OLA.

These police checks must be completed before the start of the season. 

Click here to complete a Criminal Record Check using the OLA's sponsored Sterling Backcheck.

OFFENSE DECLARATIONS

​If officials who are 18 years of age and older have submitted a Criminal Record Check and have been a volunteer in successive seasons, they require an Offense Declaration to be submitted yearly. Click here for the OLA Offense Declaration Form.

RULES & MODIFICATIONS

WORLD LACROSSE RULES BOOK

In Ontario, the rules for Women's Field Lacrosse are typically based on those established bi-annually by World Lacrosse. To see the most up-to-date version of the World Lacrosse Women's Field Lacrosse Rules Book, click herePlease note, a completely reorganized and revamped version of the rules book is expected in early 2023. 

OWFL RULES MODIFICATIONS

Every year, the OWFL traditionally has adopted modifications to the rules established by World Lacrosse to better support the development of athletes in our game, particularly at the Under 9, Under 11 and Under 13 levels. Rules modifications for the 2023 season will be announced following the OWFL Club Forum in January 2023 and the release of the new rules book. Once they are confirmed, they will be added to this page and the Game Day page of this site for easy access and reference. Additional tools and resources to help officials, coaches, and clubs understand the unique rules of our game will also follow prior to the start of the 2023 season. Stay tuned!

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OPPORTUNITIES IN OFFICIATING

OFFICIATING RATINGS

To learn more about how to progress to a higher level of officiating, where you can qualify to officiate older and higher level games, read on. For questions, please contact the OWFL Director of Officiating, Hanna Burnett, at owflofficiating@gmail.com.

In 2023, all L1, L2 and L3 officials are eligible to receive verbal and occasionally written feedback and support from an OWFL "Officials' Coach" at various points throughout the season.

Ontario officials at all levels must re-certify annually through the OLA/OWFL-run clinics to be eligible to officiate in Ontario or on behalf of Lacrosse Canada.

LEVEL 1 (L1) - LOCAL OFFICIAL

To become a Level 1 official, register and successfully complete a New Level 1 OLA NOCP Officiating Course, held annually in the spring prior to the start of the OWFL season, Level 1 officials will typically officiate U11 and U13 games, and if age-appropriate to do so, may be asked to officiate lower level U15 and occasional U19 games. L1 officials are qualified to officiate local House League and High School programs. 

LEVEL 2 (L2) - PROVINCIALLY RATED OFFICIAL

 

To become a L2 official, returning L1 officials who have at least two full seasons of experience in the OWFL must apply by contacting the OWFL Director of Officiating at owflofficiating@gmail.com and indicating their interest. A survey will typically be circulated at recertification clinics. The Director of Officiating, in conjunction with other senior L3 an L4 officials may also identify and approach current L1 officials who they feel may be ready to be evaluated for the next level. Prospective Level 2 officials must then take a L2 Officiating Course, led by a designated OWFL instructor and be evaluated in writing over the course of a designated event (National Championships, Ontario Summer Games, OWFL Provincials, etc.). Successful L2 candidates are eligible to officiate at all OWFL age groups, and so are typically 19 years of age or older. 

LEVEL 3 (L3) - NATIONALLY RATED OFFICIAL

To become an L3 official, returning L2 officials who typically have at least three years of experience in the OWFL must apply by contacting the OWFL Director of officiating at owflofficiating@gmail.com and indicating their interest. A survey will typically be circulated at recertification clinics. The Director of Officiating, in conjunction with other senior L3 an L4 officials may also identify and approach current L2 officials who they feel may be ready to be evaluated for the next level. Prospective Level 3 officials must then take a L3 Officiating Course, led by a designated Lacrosse Canada instructor and be evaluated in writing over the course of a designated event (National Championships, Ontario Summer Games, OWFL Provincials, etc.). Successful L3 candidates are eligible to officiate at all OWFL age groups, and so are typically 19 years of age or older. They are also eligible to officiate Ontario University Athletics (OUA) games and attend World Lacrosse events internationally on behalf of Lacrosse Canada. 

LEVEL 4 (L4 OR WL1 OR WL2) - INTERNATIONALLY RATED OFFICIAL

To become an Internationally rated official, you must be evaluated at a World Lacrosse sanctioned event, including but not limited to World Jr Championships, World Championships, Asia Pacific Championships (ASPACs), European Championships (Euros), or pre-approved Pan-American Lacrosse Association (PALA) event. While in attendance at this event, you are evaluated multiple times in writing by a designated World Lacrosse instructor, and may be asked to complete a rules test and fitness evaluation. For more information, please contact the Lacrosse Canada Umpire in Chief (Women's Field Sector), Cheryl MacNeill at cdnwomenlax@hotmail.com. International ratings must be renewed every four years.