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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


Note: These dates and locations are not yet confirmed
Clinic registration will open on January 15, 2018 with confirmed dates and locations

Box Clinic Locations

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

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

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

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

March 24: Sudbury
Northeastern Elementary School
45 Spruce St., Garson ON

March 24: Chatham
UCC The Pines Secondary
85 Grand Ave. West, Chatham ON

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

March 31: St. Catharines
Denis Morris Secondary
40 Glen Morris Dr., St. Catharines ON

April 1: Cambridge
Jacob Hespeler Secondary
355 Holiday Inn Drive, Cambridge ON

April 7: Thunder Bay
Saint Patrick High School
621 South Selkirk St., Thunder Bay ON

April 7: Orillia
Twin Lakes Secondary School
381 Birch Street, 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
Provincial Preparation
University of Guelph
50 Stone Rd. E, Guelph ON

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

March 3: Mississauga
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 Prep
Durham College
Rooms: B201 & B204
2000 Simcoe St. North, Oshawa ON

Women's Field Locations

Details coming soon!

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, 2018 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.

Applying for a Criminal Record Check can take 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 online, please follow this link.

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