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 System Highest level of game Previous name
Level 1 2 umpires Club / BUCS fixtures (if a L2 or above is umpiring)
Level 2 2 umpires Club / BUCS fixtures Preliminary
Level 3 3 umpires Senior B Internationals B
Level 4 3 umpires Full Senior Internationals & U19 World Championships A
International 3 umpires Senior World Cups


Umpire pathway and how to get there


Level 1 – Online Theory Test + Attendance at Level 2 practical course

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 attending the Level 2 Umpire course, as it is essential that you have a basic knowledge of the rules before you attend the course.

Having passed the Level 1 Online Theory Test  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.

On completion of the course, you are now a Level 1 umpire. A bit like a driver with L plates – not yet qualified, but getting there with practice.

Level 2 Umpire

Once you have attended the course, the next stage is to get tested at a game / testing event. 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.

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 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 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 [previously called 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 Committee know so that we can help you to prepare.

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