NorthWest Lacrosse, Youth Lacrosse located in Kalispell, Montana but serving the whole Flathead Valley.

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Montana Lacrosse needs more trained officials...Help Grow the Game and consider becoming a ref this year!

Simply put, there are not nearly enough USL certified officials to properly cover every game being played in the state. To be blunt, if we as the Montana Lacrosse community do not recruit and train a significant number of new officials, the MLA will have to limit the number of games played and potentially put a moratorium on the formation of new teams and programs.

2017 MLA Officials Training and Certification

UPDATED: Montana Girls Officials Training

REMINDER: In order to meet the increasing demand for girls officials, the MLA is requiring that each program recruit 1 official for every 20 girls in their program. (Example: Missoula has 100 girls in their program, therefore they need to recruit 5 active officials).

The MLA and US Lacrosse are hosting the following girls officials training classes in Missoula, Bozeman, Billings and Helena.

Spring 2017 Girls Officials Training Classes:

      February 18-19th- Missoula

      February 25-26th- Bozeman

      March 4-5th- Billings

      March 11-12th- Helena

Below are the requirements to become certified:
  1. Attend both days of the classroom and field sessions ($20)
  2. Become a USL member
  3. Take the online class (about 3 hours)
  4. Get rated as an official (This step is easy, all you have to do is start officiating. You will shadow an experienced official for a game or two. Then start officiating on your own. Once you are comfortable two experienced officials will rate you.)
What are the benefits?
The Montana Lacrosse Association offers a great pay scale for officials. Along with the pay below, we also pay for hotel and gas mileage. Carpooling and shared rooms is required to keep costs low. 
  USL Certified Official Non-Certified Official
  Two officials
(Rate perOfficial)
One official Two officials
(Rate perOfficial)
One official
Varsity and JV $70.00  $90.00  N/A  N/A

We appreciate all you are doing to grow the girls game in Montana! Please forward this information on to your clubs, family and friends who may be interested in officiating.
Thank you,
Erika Burke
Montana HS/Youth Girls Director

(406) 544-8033


Boy Officials Training Program

Online “Classroom” Sessions

7:00-8:30pm February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

For more information:

On-Field Sessions

9:00am-4:00pm in Billings, Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula

Dates to be determined

For more information:

Contact: Jim Maddock 




US Lacrosse provides great resources for new and returning officials.  Please visit this link to learn about US Lacrosse officials certification.  LINK