Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to join GLLOA to be a lacrosse referee in Illinois?

GLLOA membership will make you a better lacrosse referee and provide more opportunities for officiating lacrosse. Assignors are free to select anyone to "hire" for games. However, we believe GLLOA membership and training provides a competitive advantage.

Why should I join GLLOA?

As a member of GLLOA, you will have access to all training programs offered. You will be affiliated with the premier lacrosse officials association in Illinois. Networking, mentoring and advancement are additional key benefits. You will be a part of the "BEST OF THE BEST!!"

Do I have to join USA Lacrosse or IHSA

GLLOA does not require membership in any other organizations, however, most assignors, including Midwest Lacrosse Officials, requires membership as an official in either USA Lacrosse or IHSA. (IHSA membership is required to do high school games during the high school season)

I'm under 18 can I be a lacrosse official?

Yes! Junior officials are needed. Officials as young as 15 are welcome to attend our trainings or can be trained through the USA Lacrosse program.

How is GLLOA affiliated with the IHSA?

GLLOA is an officially recognized association of the IHSA and has IHSA clinicians as members of its organizations to offer clinics.

How is GLLOA affilated with Assignors?

GLLOA is not an assigning organization. GLLOA's focus is supporting lacrosse officials to be the very best they can be. GLLOA will explicitly promote and support all assignors who share the same goals and mission and encourage GLLOA membership

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