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Officiating in 2016

Hello Lacrosse Fans, Parents and Players,

The writing has been on the wall for the last several years about the growth of lacrosse and in the 2016 season it will become a reality. There is a desperate need for new referees in the state of Montana. The Montana Lacrosse Association will need to cancel games from the 2016 schedule because of the lack of referees in the state.

Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a referee for the 2016 season. There are training opportunities available and you can get started right away. You can learn more about how to become a certified referee here.

Please review the message below from the Montana Lacrosse Association about the shortage of officials and the effects it will have on the 2016 season for boys and girls.



A Severe Lacrosse Officiating Shortage: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly


Since the season ended in May, the Montana Lacrosse Association (MLA) has been working in preparation for the 2016 season. In an effort to solicit feedback and input from all members of the lacrosse family--program administrators, coaches, officials and parents--the MLA distributed a post-season survey. Equally important, we hosted our annual Constituents Meeting in Bozeman on September 13th that was attended by 23 individuals representing 10 programs from across the state (and beyond). The most critical issue to address is a severe shortage of officials.


The Good

The good news is that lacrosse in Montana is growing. The MLA projects that for the 2016 season over 900 boys will play lacrosse in addition to over 300 girls. Fortunately we have a core group of officials that are tremendously committed to the game. Last year 16 USL certified officials presided over 95% of the boys’ games in the state traveling 8,392 miles in the process. Despite this herculean effort, many youth games were played without proper officiating.


The Bad

In the past to best utilize the officials we do have, the MLA assigned officials to high school boys games as necessitated by the higher level of play and greater need of safety. The consequence has been a lack of qualified officiating at the youth level, resulting inconsistent officiating at best and at times even dangerous game situations. The MLA fully recognizes that this is unacceptable and cannot continue.

Overworking our outnumbered officials also contributes to attrition. Looking ahead to next season several of the officials will not be returning to the lacrosse pitch. In regards to the girls game, there is one USL certified girls official in the state of Montana. One.


The Ugly

Simply put, there are not nearly enough USL certified officials to properly cover every game being played in the state. To be blunt, if we as the Montana Lacrosse community do not recruit and train a significant number of new officials, the MLA will have to limit the number of games played and potentially put a moratorium on the formation of new teams and programs.

The MLA projects the 2016 season could include as many as 400 boys games and 140 girls games. With the current number of boys officials we would only be able to safely hold 250 to 300 of those games and cancel the remaining 150-200 games. With the extreme shortage of girls officials 80% of next season might need to be cancelled. Restated, over half of all lacrosse games in Montana will have to be cancelled next season.


Back to The Good

While the lack of officials is a serious issue, we can overcome this growing pain but it will take a concerted effort at every level--MLA Board, program administrators, coaches, parents and friends of the game.

The MLA is working closely with each program in the state to recruit new officials and provide the necessary training resources. The MLA website is the source information about lacrosse officiating including training requirements, payment schedule, USL officiating guidelines, officials coordinator contacts, and FAQs.


For more information about officiating lacrosse in Montana visit our website and click on the “Officials” menu.

by posted 09/18/2015

Check out Rhino Montana Lacrosse Academies that are offered this summer in several Montana locations. Register for these camps soon as they may fill up.

These day camps are offered on various dates in Billings, Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. 


Visit the Rhino Lacrosse website for more information on the Montana Camps:

Kalispell Boys- June 29-July 2

Missoula Girls- August 3-6

ALL RHINO CAMPS in Montana and out of state camps.


by posted 06/09/2015
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