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Badgerland Lacrosse Association

Badgerland Lacrosse Association

Boys Referees

Introduction to Badgerland Lacrosse Association

The primary purpose of Badgerland Lacrosse (BLA) is to promote the game of lacrosse in a safe and sportsmanlike environment.  BLA wants kids to grow up playing a game of speed, position, and finesse, rather than physical intimidation. The goal is to conduct all our activities in a manner that will set an example of good sportsmanship and friendly competition for our young players.


Varsity – Must be an adult with Level II certification to officiate

Junior Varsity– Must be an adult with Level II certification to officiate

Youth Teams – 4 divisions – Must be at least a sophomore in high school to officiate and Level 1 certified

14U, 12U, 10U, 8U


  • Get proper US Lacrosse Membership ($55, $35 if you are not an adult. Player membership counts, just need to add the Official category to your membership):
    • All new and returning officials must be members of US Lacrosse with the “official” membership classification for insurance and liability purposes. You should receive a 2018 NFHS Rule Book with your membership renewal.
    • If you are a current US Lacrosse member as an official (expiration date 9/30/18), no action is required.
    • If you are a current US Lacrosse member, but not as an official, contact US Lacrosse at   410-235-6882 ext. 102 or at [email protected] to change your status. There is no additional fee for this.
    • If you are not a US Lacrosse member, you must join as an official: go to


  • Join the Wisconsin Lacrosse Officials Association (WILOA) $45 is equal to one youth game fee, payment made at the first training class.


  • Complete Level 1 and/or Level 2 classroom and on-field training. Level 3 for advanced officials.


    • Striped, collared shirt (pocket preferable)

o   Whistle (FOX40) finger

o   Black Shorts, no logos

o   Black shoes, low socks

o   Yellow Flag

·         High School officials must also have a black hat with white piping; shorts must have belt loops, belt, timer, a second flag.

The Season

  • BLA games scheduled April through end of May
  • High school playoffs and Youth festivals are scheduled after Memorial Day.
  • We use ArbiterSports for officials scheduling. Request invitation to join if needed. Become familiar with it.
  • Youth games are scheduled Saturdays and Sundays, typically.

Game Fees:

  • Varsity $70, $65 for 3-man mechanics
  • JV $55
  • Youth
    • 14U and 12U 2-man $45
    • 10U 1-man $45


  • Badgerland Lacrosse for BLA information
  • for general announcements and game assignments
  • Email communication
  • If you have anything pertinent to officiating lacrosse or for the league, please present it in electronic form to Jeremy Sullivan or Dave Wollin  
  • Cell phone texting is the number one choice for last minute schedule changes or cancellations. Make sure it is entered into Arbiter.

Your Role

  • To ensure the safety of all participants (players, coaches, bench personnel, officials, fans)
  • To promote fair play and sportsmanship
  • To consider the level of play and respond accordingly when officiating
  • To encourage the growth of the sport and to honor the game
  • To have fun

Levels of Contact

What's the difference between a push and a body check? A lot of times, it's just a matter of degree and there are plenty of gray areas to judge. Here are some examples of illegal pushes and illegal body checks.


Professional Appearance

Become an Official!

The sport of lacrosse in Wisconsin continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Badgerland Lacrosse continues to add more teams every year. Because of this, we need to add to the officials' numbers as well. You say, "But I don't know anything about the game." My response, "If you love to watch the kids run around the field, having fun, that's all you need to know. We can teach you the rules and mechanics of being an official." We are in particular need of adult officials at the youth level. The affect of having an adult official on youth games is unquestionably positive." If you are interested and would like more information, go to:


Badgerland Lacrosse
Madison, Wisconsin  

Email: [email protected]

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