Referee Clinics

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

Referees must recertify each year.

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

  • Entry level clinic are for new referees minimum 13 years of age to referee U11 games and below.
  • Level 1 clinic for new referees 18 years or older and returning Entry Level referees and can referee U13 games and below.
  • Level 2 clinic for returning Level 1 referee 16 years or older for at least two seasons and can referee U17 games and below.

More Information About Refereeing

2023 Referee rates: 

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

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

View box lacrosse referee hand signals.

How to Register

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

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.