Florida Lacrosse Officials Association

FLOA is the source of information for lacrosse referees for boys lacrosse in Central Florida. Navigate the site using the links above if you want to get started with us as a boys lacrosse referee. Click the button below to learn more about FLOA.

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What is the first thing I need to do?  There are 3 things that will help you to become an official with FLOA faster. First, contact JP Politano via email, text, or call. Second, attend any and all training sessions or meetings that you can. Third, all new officials must attend an onboarding session before they can get paid for work with FLOA. These onboarding sessions are offered several times per year. JP can help you with those dates.

What if I am moving to somewhere other than Orlando?  Check the Contact Us page to find the appropriate person to contact for the association that works in the area that you will be moving to.

Can I ref lacrosse if I have never played? Yes, although this is less common, we have some members who just enjoyed the game or liked sports in general and decided they wanted to ref lacrosse. We will help you through every step of understanding the game and becoming a qualified ref of the sport.

Can I ref even though I’m still in high school? Yes, go back to the home page and look under the high school section. We explain all the things you need to know to get started. We will start you out on youth games, including Lightening, Bantam, and middle school. You must attend an onboarding class before you can begin working.

When do you offer training?  Go to the Important Docs page and look at the training schedule that is posted. We have almost 30 hours of training available before the start of the 2019 season.

How much does it cost to be a ref? You will be required to pay a registration fee to US Lacrosse, FHSAA, and FLOA. If you have never reffed before, you will also need to purchase all of the required equipment and clothing. This can total a few hundred dollars, but is not so bad if you spread it out over the course of a few months as you get ready to begin reffing. And there are always people that can help with clothing and equipment by selling used items at a discount. We have a partnership with 3N2, in Maitland, who gives us fantastic deals on some of the required clothing. Check the link on the Helpful Links page.

How many games can I expect to get in a year? This is really up to you. We schedule based on availability, so the more you are available, the more you can get scheduled. Additionally, in Florida, we play all year round, so even after the regular season ends there are opportunities to work tournaments and leagues throughout the year.

What do I have to do to start reffing? Go to the home page and look at the information provided for your situation: Moving to Orlando or High School. If you are an adult who currently lives in Orlando, you can just look at the Moving to Orlando section. Contact JP Politano, attend training, and attend onboarding.

Is there special equipment that I need? Yes, we have a required uniform and equipment list that you can see on the Important Docs page.

Who do I need to register with to be a ref with FLOA? Every ref in our association is required to register as an official with US Lacrosse. All adult refs must also register with FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association). Refs still in High School do not need to register with FHSAA, but must meet the same US Lacrosse requirements as the adults.