Best Practices

GRALOA is interested in supporting our officials using best practices.

COVID Considerations: 

Here is a link to the latest from MHSAA COVID-19 Working Guidelines

Here is a link to the latest from MHSAA Face Covering and Contest Officials

Due to COVID 19 in 2021: US Lacrosse and the NFHS has published recommendations for sports: 2021 US Lacrosse and NFHS COVID Considerations

Pregame Protocol: GRALOA officials will be responsible for following pregame protocols when officiating Varsity and Sub Varsity contests to the best of their ability. Here is a guide:

One valuable resource is the Officials Development Program at US Lacrosse.  There are many resources to dig into on the US Lacrosse website from professional development opportunities, to certification, to rules, and much more.  Start here:

To officiate lacrosse at the high school level in the State of Michigan one must join the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and remain a Member In Good Standing (MIGS) with a Local Officials Association (LOA).  GRALOA is the LOA in West Michigan.  Start here:

Most high schools and youth associations that play lacrosse in Michigan and beyond follow rules written by The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).  You can find those rules and more here: NFHS Rules

Here is a valuable resource for you and your crew to study before your next youth game: USL Youth Pregame

Here is a US Lacrosse Boy’s Lacrosse Rules Quick Guide

Here is great resource from our friends down in Georgia, a Youtube video regarding two man mechanics with commentary.