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16. Officials and Game Fees


Recruiting Officials to Work Your Club’s Games

When clubs initially join the NCJLA, they are required to have one certified official per team in their organization, as stated in the NCJLA Club Application HERE. No officials are required for 8U boys or girls but the NCJLA recommends that at least one coach complete official’s training. The NCJLA helps coordinate annual training with the NCLRA and NCWLO for officials recruited by NCJLA clubs.

After the 1st year of provisional membership,each club is to send one NEW adult or new junior official each year to training along with any returning officials they have recruited in the past.  In areas where there are officials' shortages, your club may be asked to send more than two officials to the training.  This is training for NCJLA games only. If there is a shortage of officials in your area and your club has not recruited the assignors may not be able to provide officials. This may impact your original game schedule. To learn more about becoming an official contact the boys and girls official's organizations directly, see contacts and website information below. 

Number of Officials Per Game

The NCJLA recommends the number of officials per game. The officials organization may use their discretion to assign games to officials based on their annual training and certification requirements. For questions related to assigning please contact the NCLRA or NCWLO.




Number of Adult Officials Assigned


Number of Junior Officials Assigned


Optional Assigning

(Additional fees apply when requesting a 3rd official)


Small Sided Recommendations

BHS Varsity


Not Recommended

2 adult officials if 3 are not available

2 adult officials



Not Recommended

3 adult officials

2 adult officials



Not Recommended

3 adult officials

2 adult officials

Boys and Girls 14U


1 with an adult official as crew chief on a B level game

3 adult officials for A level or 2 juniors for B rookie level

2 adult officials for A level; 2 junior or 1 junior and 1 adult for B level

Boys and Girls 12U



3 adult officials for A level or 2 juniors for B rookie level

2 adult officials for A level; 2 junior or 1 junior and 1 adult for B level

Boys and Girls 10U



1 junior official that has 1+ years officiating experience

1 adult official or 1 junior official that has 1+ years officiating experience

Boys and Girls 8U

1- coach/ official on the field


If no coach/ official is present




3rd Official Fees and Billing

Boys and Girls A, Boys JV and GHS divisions may request three officials at their games.  If both teams agree, then the cost is split between them.  If one team wants three and the other team wants two, then the team who wants three can opt to pay the entire additional cost for the third referee. Requests should be made to the assignor for the game and must come from the club president. There is no guarantee that the officials organization will be able to supply an extra official.

Girls/Boys 10UB Referee Best Practices

Girls and boys 10UB teams may use coaches as officials if mutually agreed upon 15 days prior to games.  Teams must inform assignors 15 days prior to the games to avoid incurring official’s fees. See Team Registration, under the club administrators tab on www.ncjla.org for the current season fees.

Clubs are strongly encouraged to compare the benefits of using junior officials for 10UB versus the cost savings. The junior officials assigned to the 10UB games gain valuable experience that will help them to officiate the 12U and 14U teams in the future. The NCWLO (girl’s officials) and NCLRA (boy’s officials) have structured junior officials training programs that provide local youth 14 years or older with on field training and part time employment experience. In addition, coaches who are already juggling game day prep can focus on the players rather than the officiating duties. Please see below for more information about the Official’s Cancellation and Game Fees Policy. 

Assignments and Evaluations in Arbiter

Officials are assigned to games via the web-based assigning tool ArbiterSports.com. The NCJLA is the interface between the NCJLA clubs and the official’s organization. The NCJLA inputs all games into Arbiter and sends instructions to clubs on how to use ArbiterSports to find contact information and confirm officials. Clubs should contact the assignor for their teams if they intend to add a new team or change existing team names. This WILL affect club access to that team’s information in arbitersports.com and the assignor will need to manually add access for the club contact.


Arbiter also allows you to share feedback on both boys and girls officials assigned to your games. Please check with the official’s organization to see if they have enabled this feature for the current season. If there is a positive or negative sportsmanship or conduct issue with an official a Sportsmanship Incident Report can be filed with the NCJLA.

  • Click here on how to evaluate Officials in arbitersports.com.
  • Click here for current assignors' contact information.
  • Click here on how to find Officials that assigned to your scheduled games in arbitersports.com
  • Click here to file a Sportsmanship Incident Report related to the official's conduct.


Contacts and Websites for Officials

Girls Officials
The NORCAL Women's Lacrosse Officials assigns all NCJLA Girls youth and HS games: http://ncwlo.org/

Boys Referees 
The Northern California Lacrosse Referees Association assigns NCJLA Boys youth and HS games: https://reflacrosse.com/

Becoming an Official and Recruiting Materials
Girls, go to: http://ncwlo.org/

Boys, go to: https://reflacrosse.com/


Game Fees for Officials

In addition to team registration fees, Clubs pay officials’ fees to the NCJLA per games scheduled for all divisions except 8U.  These fees cover the expense of having officials at every game and are passed through to the officials’ organizations.  The fees collected per game cover the fees paid to the officials, assigning fees, travel and administrative expenses of the officials’ organizations. 

Click here for the current season fees per game. 


Deadlines for Payment of Officials Fees

Regular Season Game Fees: The NCJLA Treasurer emails invoices to club treasurers in mid-February and again in May.  The February officials fees invoice is due to the NCJLA by March 1. Failure to submit payment on time could result in officials being removed from your games. A season end invoice that reflects any game change fees, additions or travel fees will be sent by the NCJLA Treasurer to the listed Club Treasurer via email. The End of Season officials fees invoice is due to the NCJLA by May 30th.

End of Season Event Official Fees:The NCJLA collects the official fees for end of season events in the team registration: event fee. Please see NCJLA Operations Guide, section Registration Fees and Policies for more information on how fees are calculated and refund policies


Girls and Boys HS-12U Officials Fees Refund Policy

Refunds for paid officials’ fees are offered for games that are canceled within NCJLA guidelines (see section Scheduling Games).  Clubs should maintain a record of canceled games and submit, along with a refund request at the conclusion of the spring season to the NCJLA treasurer (treasurer@ncjla.org) who will verify with the officials assignor and the NCJLA Boys and Girls Directors.


Girls and Boys 10UB Officials Fees Refund Policy

Boys and girls 10UB levels may cancel officials assigned to their games via the official’s association assignor(s) (not applicable to other age divisions). Both teams must agree in writing at least 15 days prior to the game to officiate the game like the 8U format (1 coach on the sideline and 1 coach on field as the referee). There is no penalty for teams declining to make this change and opponents should respect that some clubs do not have extra coaches to complete this task on game day. It is strongly recommended that coaches who wish to serve as the 1 coach on the field complete the NCJLA Rules Test and attend an Officials Rule Interpretation session. If the official’s assignor is not notified at least 15 days in writing of the cancellation then the NCJLA game cancellation fees apply.

Clubs must follow the same process as HS-12U for requesting a refund on officials fees for 10UB games, when officials are canceled by mutual agreement.

See Section 22 Statistics and Standings Calculations for Coach reporting responsibilities when no officials are used.


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