General Policies:

  • Remember that you are a professional!  Your appearance and demeanor define your professionalism and are a reflection on the whole association.  Please refer to the ILOA Code of Conduct for specific responsibilities as a member.
  • Ensure you keep your contact information, availability, and blocks updated on ArbiterSports.com.
  • The Referee for a given game is responsible for contacting coaches.  Please do so 3-4 days prior to the scheduled game.  (ARBITER will email a game reminder 72 hours before game time.  It’s easy to forward this email to coaches and crew to ask for event confirmation.)
  • Crew members should contact one another 1-2 days prior to the game to arrange a meeting time and location.
  • Officials should plan to meet at least 30 minutes prior to game for all varsity contests and 20 minutes for sub-varsity contests.
  • For any games not assigned through the ArbiterSports system, officials must work out payment procedures with the home team prior to the start of the contest.
  • NFHS Mercy Rule — if the score differential is 12 or more goals in the 2nd half, then go to a running clock.  If the lead drops back below 12 goals, revert back to stop-time.
  • An automatic stall warning (Get it in / Keep it in) in the last two minutes of a game only applies when the score differential is 4 goals or less.  (New in 2017)
  • Schools must provide adequate security for officials. Find out who the site coordinator is before the game begins. The home team is responsible for security. Do not allow fans to congregate behind the team bench areas.
  • Get in, do the job, then leave. Do not loiter on the field or in the parking lot following a game!
  • Crew chiefs should file game reports on ArbiterSports within 24 hours following the game’s conclusion.  Important:  Any player/coach misconduct must be included in the game report, for our own tracking purposes and at the request of the leagues.  In addition, please notify the game assignor directly of misconduct issues.
  • If a player or coach is ejected from a game, the crew chief must follow the protocol outlined on the ILOA Game Ejection Report.  We strongly recommend you keep a copy of this form in your game bag as a reminder of the information you need to gather before leaving the game site.
  • Have fun, be safe, and think!

 

5th Quarters:

  • Some teams have a large bench and players that don’t get much time on the field.  Therefore we are occasionally asked to work a “5th Quarter” to give those kids a chance to play.
  • ILOA has formalized this process in the following manner:
    • 5th Quarters must be arranged prior to game day.   This rule allows the officials to plan ahead, eliminates pressure to decide on the spot, and avoids confusion regarding payment.
    • 5th Quarters must be worked by a minimum 2-man crew.  Officials are not to work alone.
    • Scheduling 5th Quarters:
      • The home team may add it to their schedule on Arbiter.  Our assigners will then offer the extension to the assigned crew.
      • The team coaches/admins may ask the assigned crew directly.  Crew chiefs are required to contact teams 72 hours before a contest.  The coaches may take this opportunity to inquire about a 5th Quarter.  Please note that acceptance of the additional time is at the officials’ discretion, and that (at minimum) 2 officials must accept for the 5th Quarter to take place.
    •   Payment for 5th Quarters is a pro rata amount, or 25% of the standard game fee.  The relevant fee on Varsity contests depends on whether there are 2 or 3 officials working the 5th Quarter.  A separate table has been added to our Fee Schedule for convenience.

 

Uniform and Equipment:

  • Officials are responsible for ensuring they have all required uniform items and equipment.
  • Uniforms should be clean, not discolored, and in good condition. We want to present a professional image to teams and spectators.
  • Crews must wear matching uniforms (e.g., all wear shorts/rain pants, all wear long/short sleeve shirts).  If the crew cannot agree on uniform selections, the Referee will decide what is worn.
  • Shoes and any undergarments should be black and free of  designs, colors, or slogans that may show through the uniform.  If necessary, use a black sharpie to cover up any non-black details.

See the Uniform and Equipment Page for a list of required (and optional) uniform and equipment items.

 

Game Delays, Postponement and Cancellation:

  • Advance Notice of Cancellation.
    • If inclement weather threatens the future playing of a game, the following procedure must be followed by officials and schools.
    • School Responsibilities
      • Cut off time for notifying officials of a cancellation is three hours prior to the scheduled start time for the game.
      • If the game is cancelled, the schools are obligated to contact the officials by phone to let them know of the cancellation.
      • Failure of the schools to contact the officials obligates the school for payment of the fees.
    • Referee’s Responsibilities:
      • Contact the school if there is a concern regarding whether the game will be played.
      • Notify the umpire and field judge.
  • 30 Minute Rule
    • When thunder is heard, or a cloud-to-ground lightning bolt is seen, the thunderstorm is close enough to strike your location with lightning.  Suspend play and take shelter immediately.
    • Note on the back of your scorecard:  Time on the game clock, who had possession and where, any penalties still being served, game score, etc.
    • Once play has been suspended, wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard or flash of lightning is witnessed prior to resuming play.
    • Any subsequent thunder or lightning after the beginning of the 30-minute count, reset the clock and begin another 30-minute count.
    • Hold periodic reviews for appropriate personnel.
  • No Shows
    • If a visiting team, without notifying the host opponent, does not arrive at the game site within 30 minutes after the scheduled start time, they shall forfeit the game.

 

State High School Playoff Assignments

  • To be eligible to work HS playoff games, an official must have worked a minimum of eight (8) Varsity games during the regular season and completed their annual US Lacrosse re-certification by the established deadline.
  • Final Four selection process:
    • The ILOA Membership Committee will produce a roster of eligible and available officials for Final Four consideration.
    • From that roster, the ILOA and IHSLA will each make a list ranking their top 12 choices.
    •  On each list, those respective choices are then assigned weights (top choice = 12 points, second = 11 points, etc).
    • The nine officials receiving the most points from both lists will be assigned to the final 3 tournament games.
    • ILOA Selections:
      • The ILOA selection committee is composed of 3 individuals:  1 person from each of the Assigning, Observation, and Liaison Committees.  These individuals are selected on a rotating basis annually.
      • The committee considers ability, experience, and certification level in determining their rankings.
      • ILOA Eligibility Limits:
        • Officials may only work the Final Four for two (2) consecutive years.  After a year off, they once again become eligible.
        • In addition, no official may work a championship game more frequently than every third year.
    • IHSLA Selections:
      • The IHSLA controls their own method, but in the past has polled their 16 playoff coaches using the list ILOA provides.
      •  Note:  Some coaches know officials’ faces, but not their names.  ILOA will try to help make the selection process easier by including Arbiter profile photos with the eligible officials list, so each official should be sure to upload a photo of himself/herself.  Instructions are available on our Reference and Training Materials page.