Minnesota Lacrosse Umpires Association (MLUA)

Providing sports officials to girl's & women's lacrosse teams in the upper midwest US.


2018 Dates Posted.

Hand-outs from 2016 Meeting:


Spring Meeting

Stick Check Procedures

New Official Check-list

3-Person Positiioning


  • Getting to the game early. Lots to do!   
  • Dressed appropriately when coming to the field.             
  • Have long & short sleeve jerseys, pants ready. Black everything. You should all have the same uniform.
  • Greet timekeepers. You are all on the same team.  Review card procedures, stop time, running time.  After a goal, clock shouldn’t stop until we signal the goal.      
  • Run captains/coaches meeting and stick checks in a timely manner. 10 & 5 minutes before game time.  
  • Captains meeting should not last more than a few minutes. No need to keep them there for extended period.
  • Remaining calm during the game.            
  • Good communication with coaches. Number two complaint about lacrosse umpires.     
  • Dressed appropriately when you leave the field.             


  • We all need to do better. Number one complaint about lacrosse umpires.           
  • Big stadium signals are needed. Not only for players, for coaches and fans too. 
  • Stand. After you blow your whistle, you are now on display. Walking looks too informal.              
  • Slow down. Blow whistle, wait a brief moment and then start your signals.         
  • Direction, signal, direction. What Is the purpose of this? Answer: communication with partner and others.          
  • Shooting space. Maybe making this call from by restraining line but remain still. Hold that signal for little longer.

Rules Interpretation Video – can find on Central Hub

Rule Changes

  • NOCSAE ball still required. US Lax very specific. No NOCSAE ball -- no game. Check all balls on field including the ones behind the endlines. Keep one in your bag.        
  • Mouthguard covering lower jaw is acceptable. Mouthguard violation is not a green card…..just a minor foul.  No clear mouthpieces.
  • Uniform violation enforcement. Free position on draw.  If both teams, start with a throw.
  • Cameras in net are OK.  
  • Draw positions for centers. Do we all know how to properly set up the sticks on a draw? Left handed? Who got there first? Do these matter? Get it right! As experienced official, do not let your partner start the game incorrectly.  Cover in pregame, too.
  • 2 stick checks are allowed. If a stick is found to be illegal, then it doesn't count towards their total. Keep track on your card. Show example of card on blackboard. Bring a volunteer up in front of the class to go through an example. Request made, legal. Request made, illegal. Request made, legal. Request made, illegal. Request made.....cannot make...automatic minor foul. (Make mental note of scorer after each goal.) Coach needs to give you the player they want checked. 
  • Forcing through foul. Changed from last year. Rulebook stated forcing through caused the attack player's stick to contact her own body, not necessary requirement any longer.
  • Detaining foul no longer exists. Now considered holding. Also applies to held crosse.     
  • When a goalkeeper gets to return to circle after a foul.  Review your manual.    
  • Suspended or ejected player returns to play results in yellow card to coach for coach misconduct.           
  • Only 3 coaches allowed in bench area.  
  • Attack fouls. Don't always give the benefit of the doubt to the offense. Reward good defensive play.   
  • Dangerous play. Need to step up and use your game management techniques. Use your cards.  Off ball vision is required!            
  • Block or charge. Turn off sound and show video. Ask what call would you make. Then play again.             
  • Communication or misconduct? Screaming? “BALL!  BALL!  BALL!” Use warnings first. "Stop"       
  • Stick checks consistent. Review USL website on illegal sticks.      
  • Areas of concern: Intentional shooting space. Card! Possibly red. Often hear it from the sidelines. Stop game. Meet with coaches.   
  • Dangerous draw play. When ball is in air, watch for centers warding and reckless stick swinging not at the ball.                   

Calling fouls that aren't fouls

  • Use verbiage from the book if you need to verbally explain your call to players or coaches.         
  • Not a foul: Playing the ball between the legs, unless you deem it is dangerous  
  • Not a foul: Upward stick check  
  • Not a foul: Empty stick check when the ball is on the ground being pushed by player.     
  • Not a foul: Attempting stick check and following through to the ground.               
  • Not a foul: Checking from behind            
  • Not a foul:  Body Ball unintentional
  • Ask group what other fouls are called incorrectly. What other fouls are over-called?       

Rule Topic Presentation

  • Use off Arbiter Hub: Resources: Uniform/GK Helmet Briefing    
  • Illegal helmets  
  • Warrior Regulator helmet is not legal. Goalkeeper cannot use this helmet.          
  • Warrior Regulator II helmet is legal.        
  • Cascade R (big R on side of helmet) is illegal.      
  • Cascade R (big R on side of helmet) can be made legal. Sent in to manufacturer. Sticker applied to back of helmet makes this a legal helmet.           
  • Officials are not checking each helmet. But be aware.    
  • Consequences for having illegal helmet? Found pre-game? Found during game?             
  • Also goes for illegal/lack of goalkeeper equipment in youth games. Do not allow regardless of bad argument.    
  • Uniforms            
  • Rule book edit.
  • Stick request -- third time.          

Carding Players / Coaches

  • We will back you 100%.
  • Not enough cards are given out.              
  • Need to keep the play safe for the players.        
  • #1 thing to remember: Stay Calm. "You need to remain calm when no one else is"          
  • Witnessed wrong way: Very stressed out umpire, raising voice, reprimanding players harshly, chaotic tone. Things just got worse. 
  • Witnessed correct way: Very calm umpire, almost matter-of-fact. Communicates to everyone involved that the umpires are in control and are confident in their decision. Reeled game back in.

Shooting Space Issues

  • Need to read and understand the shooting space section in your policy manual. Lists shooting space calls to be made vs shooting space calls not to be made.
  • Ask for any questions for the class and address those.  
  • Otherwise, go to the manual and pull up examples.        


2 person mechanics -- Areas of responsibility. Who makes the call?      

3 person mechanics -- Areas of responsibility. Who makes the call?      

  • Restraining line handoff, attack offside when shorthanded – setup and go
  • Re-start play
  • Cardable fouls out of area


  • Get into your rule book and manual. Be proactive. Don't wait for things to happen on the field before you know what the rule is.              
  • Start working out now. Don't wait for your first game to realize you need to drop a few pounds. Injuries can happen (especially to us older folks) when we just try to start running/sprinting with no prior conditioning. We Need You Healthy!