Welcome to the CWLOA!


CWLOA Mission

The CWLOA is a nonprofit, professional organization for women’s collegiate lacrosse officials.  The organization is charged with providing advocacy and leadership dedicated to ensuring the highest standards in collegiate officiating through the provision of education, training, rating, oversight while meeting the general needs of collegiate women’s lacrosse officials.  The CWLOA collaborates and actively partners with the NCAA, IWLCA, and USL in this endeavor. CWLOA partner organizations are equally invested in officials achieving the highest standard possible for collegiate officiating.


CWLOA Annual Requirements for Official

 All collegiate officials have transitioned to the CWLOA.  CWLOA members have the following annual requirements:

  • Maintain annual memberships to the USL and CWLOA. ($50 USL, $35 COA) 
  • Pass the CWLOA or NCAA annual rules test prior to officiating each season (The NCAA rules test must be taken and passed for those officials interested in being considered for NCAA Championships.  These officials must be members of the Arbiter)
  • Maintain a 3 year Collegiate, Collegiate Select or National Elite CWLOA rating which expires on December 31st of the expiration year
  • Attend an NCAA rules interpretation or webinar prior to officiating each season


CWLOA Training and Rating Clinics

 What are the levels of CWLOA Ratings?  Collegiate officials must maintain a 3-year rating in order to officiate collegiate games.  The rating levels for CWLOA Officials are as follows:

  • Collegiate
  • Collegiate Select
  • National Elite

How do Local/Level 2 and 3 USL officials move into Collegiate Officiating?  Local 2 and 3 officials moving from the USL Local/Level 2 or 3 rating to the Collegiate level must attend a Transitional Clinic.  This level of clinic offers LocalLevel 2 and 3 rated officials a focus on mechanics, three person positioning, and NCAA rules.  Officials who earn a letter to stand for a Collegiate Rating at a Transitional Clinic may then move to a Collegiate Clinic to earn a Collegiate Rating.  Officials who do not earn a letter to stand for a Collegiate Rating may attend another Transitional Clinic.  For more information about CWLOA ratings check the website or contact your Regional Coordinator.

How do I sign up for a CWLOA Clinic?  First, you must become a CWLOA member by joining the CWLOA through the website.  Go to the Clinic calendar and complete the registration process and pay for the clinic.  Clinic costs are as follows:

  • Observation Clinic at any level is free to CWLOA members.  No rating is gained and participants receive feedback from clinicians.  This is a good option for officials to prepare for a rating clinic and for officials to continue their education and training within one’s rating cycle.
  • Transitional Clinic Cost - $100.00
  • Collegiate Rating Clinic Cost - $200.00
  • Collegiate Rating Clinic Cost - $250.00
  • National Elite Rating Clinic Cost - $300.00

For morning information about Clinics, see the “Which Clinic is Good for Me” document located on the CWLOA website.

CWLOA Leadership, Collaboration with Partner Organizations, Advocacy and Support for Officials

 The CWLOA Leadership encompasses Executive Director, Patty Daley; Midwest Region Coordinator, Linda Strapp; Northeast Region Coordinator, Dave Shiffman; Mid-Atlantic Region Coordinator, Patti Cleary; South Region Coordinator, Joan Sitterly; and West Region Coordinator, Maggie Fanta.  In addition, there is a nineteen-member Board of Directors, an Executive Committee and State Liaisons. Numerous committees and groups are hard at work supporting the CWLOA mission.  The Conflict Review Committee, Professional Development Committee, Special Events Committee, Website and Editing projects, National Elite Workgroup, Fee Negotiations Subcommittee, Nominations Committee, Consulting Officials’ Group, Clinician Group, and the Assignors’ Subcommittee are working on specific charges and projects for the betterment of the CWLOA membership

 CWLOA Committees and volunteer opportunities are available for members.  Members may contact their region coordinator if interested in volunteer opportunities.  Some examples of committee work are listed below.

 The CWLOA Professional Development Committee has updated curricular materials for 2017 Clinics.  These materials ground Clinicians in their teaching, terminology and common focus at CWLOA Clinics.

 The CWLOA Assignor’s workgroup has developed proposed fees for collegiate officials.  This document may be found on the CWLOA website.  Assignors work with individual Conferences and IWLCA member institutions to identify fees for officials.

 The CWLOA Conflict Review committee is developing a process for officials and coaches to handle instances when a conflict occurs.  The process will be developed and shared with IWLCA member institutions, the CWLOA membership and Conferences prior to the 2018 lacrosse season.  The process will be posted on the CWLOA website prior to the 2018 lacrosse season. 

The Special Events Committee is working with USL Convention and IWLCA Convention planners to offer sessions for coaches and officials at the upcoming USL Convention in Baltimore, MD on January 19 thru 21, 2018 and the IWLCA Convention in Orlando, Florida on November 15-17, 2017

 The CWLOA actively partners with the USL, NCAA and the IWLCA.  Partner organizations are invested in the success of all levels of collegiate officials.  These organizations partner by offering clinics at their institutions, sharing resources for officials, and offering donations to support CWLOA initiatives such as Division 1, 2 and 3 Observation Programs.


CWLOA officials may contact their state liaison or region coordinator if they have questions or need support.  Contact information for CWLOA leaders may be found in the “CWLOA Policies and Procedures” document on the website.  To contact the Executive Director, Patricia A. Daley, please email her at [email protected].


 What does the CWLOA hope for its members?

As the CWLOA Executive Director, I am committed to engaging the CWLOA membership, providing leadership, extending a vision for collegiate officials, and seeking and promoting resources to support the growth and improvement of the membership.

 We hope for your membership, engagement in the education, training and rating process, and your commitment to be the best official you can be.

 As part of your preparation for the upcoming Collegiate women’s lacrosse season, consider these ideas that may contribute to your success as a women’s lacrosse official:

  • Be prepared physically and mentally—the new rules and pace of the game will be a challenge.  Embrace the challenge. Be physically fit and mentally prepared.
  • Be professional to all those around you…no matter the circumstances. 
  • Be a good listener, communicator and teammate to your crew and to coaches and players around you.  Make your crew the best crew!
  • Be fair and consistent in your thinking, decision-making, demeanor and calls.
  • Be a good communicator—verbally and non-verbally.  Offer an answer to questions—not a thesis, just an answer using the language of the rules. 
  • Be clear, consistent and crisp in your signals, mechanics and presentation.
  • Look the part and accept the challenge and responsibility of being a polished, professional, collegiate official.   Be at your best each day you step on the field.
  • Keep up the hard work!

 We hope you choose to join the CWLOA and become a collegiate official, or that you choose to continue your journey as a collegiate official with us.  Welcome to the CWLOA!