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Greetings Ontario Referee / Umpire,

We wish to welcome you to the 2018 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.

On behalf of the Referee Development Committee, I wish you a safe and enjoyable 2018 officiating season.

Yours in lacrosse,

Frank Lawrence

VP Officiating
Ontario Lacrosse Association

The Ontario Lacrosse Association has announced its proposed dates for 2018 lacrosse referee/umpire certification clinics. Interested individuals who wish to officiate OLA-sanctioned lacrosse (box, men's field and women's field) games in 2018 are required to attend one of these clinics.

In order to attend a clinic, individuals must be minimum 14 years old as of December 31, 2018. Entry level officials are encouraged to contact their association's referee-in-chief for information prior to attending clinic.

Rules of the Classroom:

  1. Clinic sign-in is held from 8:00AM 8:45AM. There will be no walk-up registration available.

  2. Each clinic begins at 9am and will conclude no later than 3:30pm. Late arrivals and/or early departures (ie. hockey try-outs, work schedules, etc.) are not permitted under any circumstances.

  3. Referees/Umpires who are 18 years old as of January 1, 2018 must bring their completed CRC/VSS to their clinic to be admitted - no exceptions. Returning Referees/Umpires from the 2017 season who have already submitted their CRC/VSS may bring an offense declaration form in lieu of a new CRC/VSS.

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

February 25: Oakville CLOSED
Level 4-6 Clinic (Invitation Only)
Toronto Rock Athletic Centre
1132 Invicta Dr, Oakville ON

March 4: Mississauga CLOSED
Hilton Meadowvale Hotel & Conference
6750 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga ON

March 4: Mississauga CLOSED
Level 3Q Clinic (Invitation Only)
Hilton Meadowvale Hotel & Conference
6750 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga ON

March 24: Sudbury
Sudbury Secondary School
154 College St., Sudbury ON

March 24: Strathroy
Strathroy District Collegiate Institute
361 2 Street, Strathroy ON

March 25: Ottawa
Merivale High School
1755 Merivale Rd., Ottawa

April 7: St. Catharines
Denis Morris Secondary
40 Glen Morris Dr., St. Catharines ON

April 8: Cambridge
Glenview Park Secondary
55 McKay St., Cambridge ON

April 14: Thunder Bay
Saint Patrick High School
621 South Selkirk St., Thunder Bay ON

April 14: Orillia
Orillia Secondary School
250 Collegiate Dr., Orillia ON

May 27th: Toronto
Last Chance Clinic
Returning Officials Only
Ontario Lacrosse Association Office
1 Concorde Gate, Toronto ON

Men's Field Locations

February 24: Guelph CLOSED
Provincial Preparation
National Preparation
University of Guelph
50 Stone Rd. E, Guelph ON

February 25: Oakville CLOSED
International Preparation
Toronto Rock Athletic Centre
1132 Invicta Dr, Oakville ON

March 3: Mississauga CLOSED
Provincial Preparation
National Preparation
Hilton Meadowvale Hotel
6750 Mississauga Rd., Mississauga, ON

March 24: Ottawa
Provincial Preparation
National Preparation
International Preparation

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

March 31: Oshawa
Provincial Preparation
National Preparation
Durham College
Rooms: B201 & B204
2000 Simcoe St. North, Oshawa ON

Women's Field Locations

Details coming soon!

(Required for returning referees over the age of 18 who have submitted their CRC in 2017)