Officials (Referees)

February 12, 2024 update:

Officials/referees clinics are now scheduled for March 2 and 16, 2024 at VIU in Nanaimo!  Sign up directly with BCLA at  Please email the association at and let us know you’ve signed up and if you have any questions or need assistance.

Officials Clinics

CVLA invites players and their family members to register for BCLA officials clinics in early February each year. You must be at least 13 years old in the calendar year to become a box lacrosse official. 

Officials must recertify each year.

Officials clinics take place each year in February and March in Nanaimo, followed by a mandatory on-floor session at the Comox Valley Sports Centre.  CVLA covers the clinic fee and referee jersey provided that you are available to referee games during the season.

  • Entry level clinics are for new officials minimum 13 years of age to officiate U11 games and below.
  • Level 1 clinics are for returning Entry Level officials and for new officials 14 years or older to officiate U13 games and below.
  • Level 2 clinics are for returning Level 1 officials 16 years or older for at least two seasons and can officiate U17 games and below.

More Information About Offciating

2023 Officials rates: 

  • U7/U9 – $25 per game / $20 for shot clock
  • U11 – $35 per game / $20 for shot clock
  • U13 – $40 per game / $20 for shot clock
  • U15 – $45 per game / $25 for shot clock
  • U17 – $50 per game / $25 for shot clock

Officials are also provided a travel stipend to officiate games outside the Comox Valley.

Find out more at the BCLA officials web page and the BCLA officials FAQs.

View box lacrosse referee hand signals.

How to Register for a Clinic

Watch for news in early spring for upcoming clinics.  Reach out to the CVLA Referee Coordinator contact noted to register for a clinic. 

Resources for Certified Referees

Referees can find access to reference documents from the VIMLC Referee’s Corner.

Joint Officials Coaches Abuse Panel

This panel was created to put an end to the verbal abuse that coaches, players, parents and fans inflict on the officials in our game. This panel had equal representation from the BC Lacrosse Officials Technical Support Group and from the BC Lacrosse Coaches Technical Support Group.

The JOCAB has instructed referees to call unsportsmanlike and abuse of officials early and often. Find out more about the Panel. /Off