WWLOA is the Washington Women’s Lacrosse Officials Association. We are a non-profit membership organization that trains, supports, and develops women's lacrosse officials in Washington state. We also facilitate game assignments that officials select.
WWLOA officials are trained, rated and certified in accordance with the guidelines set forth by USA Lacrosse for official levels including Youth (10U, 12U , 14U), and High School. WWLOA officials often also officiate college-club, post-collegiate club, or NCAA games.
The mission of WWLOA is to promote and facilitate a safe environment for women’s lacrosse, train and rate officials, develop and retain officials, and contribute to the overall values of sportsmanship and teamwork in the state of Washington.
The organization was established in the mid 1990's and later incorporated as WWLOA. During the past several decades, WWLOA has trained hundreds of officials and these officials have officiated thousands of women’s lacrosse games.
WWLOA recognizes that women’s lacrosse players are allowed to play with passion, speed, and intensity. At the same time, WWLOA reminds players that their conduct on the field should comply with the rules and be consistent with the “spirit of the game”.
US Lacrosse has established a philosophy to maintain the “spirit of the game”. This philosophy is stated in the US Lacrosse Women’s Rule Book and states that “players…should observe the intent of the rules, making a sincere effort to observe them and not attempting to take advantage of them”. Also, “players…should be vigilant when…playing…so that the safety of all players and the integrity of the game are maintained”.
WWLOA is committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion within its membership and within the broader Lacrosse community.
WWLOA respects, values, and celebrates the positive impact that people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives coming together in an inclusive and collaborative environment bring to our sport, enhancing the experience for all involved.
We seek to “honor the game” by establishing and maintaining an inclusive culture that encourages understanding, appreciation, and acceptance of all participants in the Lacrosse community.
WWLOA supports officials seeking additional training outside our region.
WWLOA may offer stipends for clinic fees or travel expenses incurred for additional training. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Upon approval, stipends will be issued after participation in the clinic is concluded and receipt(s) of paid travel or clinic fees are provided to the Board Chair.
Any financial hardship considerations can be shared with the Board Chair. Please email the Board chair at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in seeking financial support / a training stipend for additional officials' training.
WWLOA is governed by a local board consisting of up to twelve individuals. The board positions and current board members are identified below. Board meetings are generally held once a month with a General Membership held in November or December of each year.
USA Lacrosse is the sport's national governing body. They provide national leadership, training, structure and resources to fuel the growth of lacrosse and enrich the experience of participants. They primarily serve the youth and high school level of play.
The CWLOA is a professional organization representing all women’s collegiate lacrosse officials. The CWLOA is responsible for all aspects of officiating at the college level and is dedicated to promoting the interests of women’s lacrosse officials.
WSLA, the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association, is the governing body for girls’ youth and high school lacrosse in Washington state. WSLA organizes, develops and promotes girls’ high school and youth lacrosse by facilitating a safe environment to play lacrosse, promoting the growth of the sport and honoring the game.
NWWLL, the Northwest Women’s Lacrosse League, is a women’s collegiate club lacrosse association comprised of teams from the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. NWWLL is a member of the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (WCLA) of USA Lacrosse.
The NCAA is a non-profit association that regulates athletes and organizes athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The Division III organization provides for passionate participation in a competitive athletic environment in which student-athletes build upon their academic success.
PNWLL, the Pacific Northwest Lacrosse League, is a post-collegiate women’s lacrosse league comprised of teams in the Pacific Northwest including Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver.