Umpire Development Pathway

Umpire development

The following shows the level, the umpiring system (2 man or 3 man) used at each level and the highest level of match that each level of umpire can officiate.

Level Name No. of umpires / System Highest level of game Previous name
Level 1 N/A N/A
Level 2 (Club) 2 umpires Club / BUCS fixtures Preliminary
Level 3 (Regional) 3 umpires Junior Internationals, Senior B Internationals B
Level 4 (National) 3 umpires Full Senior Internationals & U19 World Championships A
International 3 umpires Senior World Cups

Umpire pathway and how to get there

Level 1

Note that this is not really a level as such, more a stepping stone to Level 2 – Club Umpire

This is step 1 en route to becoming a lacrosse umpire. Read the rules and sit the online theory test. This open book test prepares you for the Level 2 Umpire course, as it is essential that you have a basic knowledge of the rules before you attend the course. On passing your online theory test you are not yet qualified to umpire competitive games e.g. League games, Macrobert tournament.  This is a bit like doing your online driving test, a pre-requisite for sitting your practical test.

Having passed the Level 1 Online Theory Test you have shown that you have knowledge of the rules so the next step is to attend the Level 2 course where you will learn to apply the rules.

A Level 2 Umpiring Course is run each year, usually around October. At the course you will be shown how to apply the rules, how to recognise fouls and learn about the mechanics of umpiring. It will be a lot of fun and will give you the opportunity to de-mystify the rules into something you can visualise and put into practice (as a player or umpire). The course will be run indoors and outdoors – we will not be playing games, so if you are not a lacrosse player please don’t worry, we just use lacrosse sticks to practise some set positions e.g. the draw, throw and to demonstrate stick checks, fouls etc.

Once you have attended the Level 2 course, you are considered to be a Level 1 umpire. At this point, you have an understanding of the rules from passing the online test and by attending the Level 2 course, you have learned the mechanics required to manage a games safely. The next stage is to practise at every opportunity and then get tested at a game / testing event.

Level 2 – Club Umpire

Testing of new Level 2 umpires will only take place at friendly events e.g. not at league matches. Clubs must organise their own friendly matches as testing events, and provide 2 weeks (minimum) notice to the testers. Some LS testing dates will also be available on the website – these are generally school fixtures, junior and senior development weekends. Please note that, in season 2019-20, Level 2 testing at squad weekends will not be possible due to the difference in rules that the National squads will be playing at Home Internationals 2020

This is what we will be looking for from Level 2 candidates.

When you pass your practical test, you can now umpire competitive club fixtures.

Note: Level 2 umpires who are renewing their umpiring qualification can do this at any club fixture (league match , tournament or friendly).

Level 3 – Regional Umpire

This is based on the 3 man umpire system and requires knowledge of the advantage flag. Courses are run as and when required.

The test will consist of a theory & practical test. You will be tested during two games involving Representative teams e.g. Junior Scotland.

If you think that someone in your club needs a wee nudge to encourage them to do their Level 3 award, please let us know so that we can start to work with her / him to get to this next level.

Level 4 – National Umpire

Once you are comfortable umpiring at Junior International level, the next step is to umpire at Senior Internationals or at future U19 World Championships. The test will consist of a theory & practical test. You will be tested during two games involving Representative teams e.g. Senior Scotland.

International – World Lacrosse Umpire

This is a World Lacrosse (formerly known as Federation of International Lacrosse / FIL) level – please consult the World Lacrosse website to see what is required. This must be done formally via Lacrosse Scotland, so if you are interested, please let the R&U Working Group know so that we can help you to prepare.