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Greetings Ontario Referee / Umpire,

We wish to welcome you to the 2016 Ontario Lacrosse season. Officiating lacrosse is truly a rewarding experience. Referees and umpires are crucial to the sport - without them, we cannot play. There are many reasons why people begin officiating, and even more reasons why referees and umpires return year after year. We have some exciting changes for the clinic registration process this year, so please read along carefully.

2016 OFFICIATING CERTIFICATION CLINICS ARE NOW OPEN!

On behalf of the Referee Development Committee, I wish you a safe and enjoyable 2016 officiating season.

Yours in lacrosse,

Frank Lawrence

VP Officiating
Ontario Lacrosse Association


Notice: Criminal Record Checks for all Officials

All OLA certified officials (box, men's field and women's field) who are 18 years old as of January 1, 2015 must submit a current criminal record check with a vulnerable sector screening upon registering for the current year (for returning officials, an Offence Declaration). Should an official fail to provide a criminal record check with a vulnerable sector screening, they will be ineligible to officiate for that season.

Your CRC / VSS is your "ticket" to attend your clinic - you must bring the official copy  (not a photocopy) to your clinic in order to be admitted. Your CRC / VSS should be placed in a sealed envelope with your name written on it and handed in to the Head Clinician at your clinic. Each CRC / VSS is valid for a period of four seasons, at which point an updated CRC / VSS must be submitted.

Applying for a Criminal Record Check can take anywhere between 4-8 weeks to complete, so it is recommended that you begin this process as soon as possible. For officials who wish to use Backcheck to apply for their CRC / VSS, please follow this link.



2016 REFEREE CLINIC DATES AND LOCATIONS

The Ontario Lacrosse Association is pleased to announce its 2016 lacrosse referee/umpire certification clinic dates. Interested individuals who wish to officiate OLA-sanctioned lacrosse (box, men's field and women's field) games in 2016 are required to attend one of the following certification clinics. In order to attend a clinic, individuals must be minimum 14 years old as of December 31, 2016. Each clinic begins promptly at 9am. Lunch is provided in the registration cost. Entry level officials are encouraged to contact their association's referee-in-chief for information prior to attending clinic.

Rules of the Classroom:

  1. Walk-up registration is held from 8:00AM 8:45AM for new officials only. There will be no walk-up registration for returning referees/umpires.

  2. Each clinic begins at 9am and will conclude no later than 4:30pm. Late arrivals and/or early departures (ie. hockey try-outs, work schedules, etc.) are not permitted under any circumstances.

  3. Referees/Umpires who submitted their CRC in 2015 are required to complete an offense declaration form and bring it to their clinic for admittance. Referees/Umpires who are 18 years old as of January 1, 2016 must bring their completed CRC/VSS to their clinic to be admitted - no exceptions.

  4. All classroom materials will be provided. Each attendee must bring a pen to their clinic.

  5. Participants are expected to be engaged throughout the day. Cell phone use is not permitted during instruction.

  6. Lunch is provided in the registration cost of each clinic. Alternate arrangements may be made for dietary reasons by speaking with one of the clinicians at the registration table before 8:45am.

  7. Officials will be writing the CLA's Officiating Exam during the final module of the day.

  8. Our learning spaces are often donated or secured for modest costs. In the past, it has been brought to our attention that some facilities have been damaged or vandalized, or left untidy by our participants. In order to keep the costs of our clinics as low as possible, we ask that all participants treat our facilities with respect at all times. Disciplinary action may be taken against individuals who fail to follow this direction.

Clinic Objectives:

  1. To teach the standard methods and procedures of officiating

  2. To instruct uniform interpretation of the rules across the province

  3. To learn effective communication strategies and techniques

  4. To pair the growth of officials with the growth of the game

Box Clinic Locations

February 21: Mississauga
Level 4-6 Clinic (Invitation Only)
Hilton Meadowvale Hotel & Conference
6750 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga ON

February 27: Whitby CLOSED
Henry Street High School
600 Henry St., Whitby ON

March 6: Mississauga CLOSED
Hilton Meadowvale Hotel & Conference
6750 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga ON

March 6: Mississauga CLOSED
Level 3Q Clinic (Invitation Only)
Hilton Meadowvale Hotel & Conference
6750 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga ON

April 2: Sudbury CLOSED
Northeastern Elementary School
45 Spruce St., Garson ON

April 2: Chatham CLOSED
UCC The Pines Secondary
85 Grand Ave. West, Chatham ON

April 3: Ottawa CLOSED
Merivale High School
1755 Merivale Rd., Ottawa

April 9: St. Catharines CLOSED
Denis Morris Secondary
40 Glen Morris Dr., St. Catharines ON

April 10: Cambridge CLOSED
Jacob Hespeler Secondary
355 Holiday Inn Drive, Cambridge ON

April 16: Thunder Bay CLOSED
Saint Patrick High School
621 South Selkirk St., Thunder Bay ON

April 16: Orillia CLOSED
St. James Church
58 Peter St. North, Orillia ON

May 29: Toronto CLOSED
Ontario Lacrosse Association Office
3 Concorde Gate, Toronto ON

Men's Field Locations

February 21: Mississauga
International Prep
(Invitation Only)
Hilton Meadowvale Hotel & Conference Centre
6750 Mississauga Rd., Mississauga, ON

February 27: Guelph CLOSED
Provincial Preparation
University of Guelph
Room: Powell 207
50 Stone Rd. E, Guelph ON

March 5: Mississauga CLOSED
Provincial Preparation
National Preparation
Hilton Meadowvale Hotel
6750 Mississauga Rd., Mississauga, ON

April 2: Ottawa CLOSED
Provincial Preparation
National Preparation
International Preparation

St. Joseph's High School
3333 Greenbank Rd., Nepean ON

April 3: Oshawa CLOSED
Provincial Prep
Durham College
Room TBA
2000 Simcoe St. North, Oshawa ON

Women's Field Locations

April 9: Oakville CLOSED
Entry Level Umpires
Toronto Rock Athletic Centre
1132 Invicta Dr., Oakville ON

April 10: Oakville CLOSED
Returning Umpires (1-4)
Toronto Rock Athletic Centre
1132 Invicta Dr., Oakville ON

April 23: Oshawa
Entry Level Umpires

Oshawa Civic Centre
99 Thorton Rd. South, Oshawa ON

April 24: Oshawa
Returning Umpires (1-4)

Oshawa Civic Centre
99 Thorton Rd. South, Oshawa ON

June 2: Toronto
Entry Level Umpires
Returning Umpires (1-4)

Ontario Lacrosse Association Office
Sport Alliance Building
3 Concorde Gate, Toronto ON