CDLOA Uniform and Equipment Requirements

The CDLOA uses the following uniform and equipment for all high school, and youth lacrosse games:

  • Black shorts with belt loop and pockets (no cargo shorts)
  • Black ankle socks (no crew socks or no-show socks; they should just cover the ankle bone)
  • Black nylon jackets (plain; no striped jackets; no non-black piping or highlights
  • Short or Long-sleeved striped shirt
  • Black belt with plain silver buckle (plain belt; no weaves or designs)
  • Black shoes with any logos, designs, or other colors blacked out (black sharpie followed by dab-on shoe polish usually works well; some people use black nail polish)
  • Black hat with white piping
  • Two penalty flags (gold-ball flags can be used, but black-ball flags should be purchased if possible when buying new flags)
  • Black Fox-40 finger-grip whistle
  • Scorecard
  • Pencils
  • Coin at least the size of a half dollar
  • Lacrosse official’s timer
  • Small tape measure (6 ft)

The referee makes final decisions on the uniform for the day, and all officials must be dressed the same (e.g., you cannot have one official wearing shorts and one wearing pants). If you are not the referee, bring all of your uniform options to each game so the referee can decide what will be worn.

All officials must have a wristwatch with a black band. It is our job to get games started on time and to keep them on schedule, and it’s hard to do that if you don’t know what time it is. Cell phone clocks are not an acceptable substitute; if you are looking at your cell phone before or during a game, it looks like your mind is somewhere else.

Flag and US Lacrosse Patches

The CDLOA Lacrosse patch is worn on the left sleeve for high school and youth level games. The top of the patch should be roughly 3 inches down from the shoulder seam.

The US flag patch is worn centered on the left breast pocket and with the bottom of the patch ¾ inches above that pocket. CDLOA officials generally use a 3.5″ x 2.25″ flag patch with a gold border.

The CDLOA has both kinds of patches available for purchase

Uniform and equipment items not included in starter pack

The following items are not included in your starter package, so you will need to provide them yourself:

  • Black nylon jackets, if worn (plain; no striped jackets; no non-black piping or highlights; official UMLOA logo jacket allowed, but otherwise a non-offensive, non-team-affiliated logo no larger than 2.5″x2.5″ is permitted; no cotton or cotton-blend jackets on the field)
  • Short-sleeved black undershirt with no visible logos (wicking material preferred)
  • Long-sleeved black undershirt, sweatshirt, or turtleneck with no visible logos (wicking material preferred)
  • Black belt with plain silver buckle (plain belt; no weaves or designs)
  • Black shoes with any logos, designs, or other colors blacked out (black sharpie followed by dab-on shoe polish usually works well; some people use black nail polish)
  • Small tape measure (6 ft., preferably black or covered in black tapel; Level 2 only)
  • Wristwatch with black band
  • Black gloves and ear covering for spring, if desired

Updating Your Uniform and Equipment

New officials are issued a starter package of equipment with their Level 1 class, and Level 2 officials receive a belt timer. All officials are strongly encouraged to add to their equipment and uniform options every year. Recommended gear includes:

  • Black nylon rain pants with zipper ankles (no stripes or logos)
  • A long-sleeved striped shirt (if you will work games in the fall, winter, or spring)
  • A black nylon jacket (see above)
  • A short-sleeved mesh striped shirt (if you will work games in the summer)
  • Black wicking T-shirts for under your striped shirt (long and short sleeves)
  • A new officials hat (and/or a mesh hat for hot days)
  • A plain black bag for your gear
  • Shoe polish (to keep black shoes looking nice)
  • Spare or replacement Fox-40 finger-grip whistles, a Fox-40 lanyard whistle as a backup, penalty flags, score cards, coins, tape measures, pencils, erasers, black belt, shorts, socks

Some newer officials like to order a second discount starter package with a long-sleeved shirt instead of a short-sleeved shirt to get extras of all of the other gear.

Uniform and Equipment Vendors

The following vendors sell lacrosse officiating gear:

Zebrawear.com

Cliff Keen Athletics (official US Lacrosse supplier; use code “USLAXCK5” to get a discount)

Officially Sports

ZimaGear (dye-sublimation jerseys with lacrosse patches and flags printed directly onto them)

Honig’s Whistle Stop

Lester’s Referee Equipment

Beall’s of Florida Black Shorts #1 (usually $25 per pair, plus shipping)

Beall’s of Florida Black Shorts #2 (usually $20 per pair, plus shipping)