PWLUA: Welcome

Renew your PWLUA membership for 2017 now. Early bird date is February 15th.
Philadelphia Women's Lacrosse Umpires Association

The Philadelphia Women’s Lacrosse Umpires mission is to develop, train, and educate women’s lacrosse umpires in the Philadelphia Area. This mission has been accomplished on an unparalleled level for many years. We have developed some of the finest umpires in the nation and indeed in the world. Historically our umpires have been leaders in helping to develop umpires nationwide. Through our meetings and clinics we have helped our umpires to develop excellence at every level.

Wednesday, January 18
2017 Meeting Dates

Remaining 2017 meetings

On Field Meeting (3 Man positioning and responsibilities) - Sunday April 2nd - Central Bucks High School South - 1:00 pm
General Meeting (Dangerous follow through & Propelling) - Wednesday April 5th - Downingtown East High School - 7:00pm
General Meeting (Game meeting) – Tuesday April 18th - Colonial Elementary School - 7:00 pm
General Meeting (Situations) - Thursday April 27th - Downingtown East High School - 7:00 pm
Katies Sampson Tournament - Saturday April 29th - Radnor - 9:00 am
Gneral Meeting (Situations) - Monday May 1st - Central Bucks High School South - 7:00pm
Play-off Meeting (Playoff Info) - Wednesday May 10th - TBA - TBA
CB West JV Playday - Saturday May 13th - Central Bucks High School West - 9:00am

- To be eligible for NCAA playoffs, attendance at a NCAA Rules Interpretation Meeting is required. You must register on the Hub for this meeting.
- You may only attend 3 meetings for credit before MARCH 24th, per PIAA requirements.
- For other alternatives you can check out the Lehigh Valley Women's Lacrosse Officials Association website for their meeting dates:

Wednesday, January 18
Important Reminders

PIAA dues are payable directly to PIAA. Membership includes a USL/NFHS rulebook which will be handed out at the PIAA Rules Interpretation meeting. If you are planning on going inactive, please go to the site and print out the Inactive Status form located under “Officials’ Forms” and forward on to Patti Kunkle at

PIAA clearances. Background checks are required of all officials. (3 separate clearances are required) Please check the website for information and links to clearances. Do this ASAP.

USL memberships were due in September. Go to the website ( and update your membership, if you have not done so already. USL will provide you with a rule book of your choice. Be specific which rule book you would like, NCAA or USL (already provided by PIAA for registered officials). NCAA rule book is only for college games.

PWLUA dues can be paid on-line through our website ( Click on the link to “register online”. Due are $40 until February 15th and after that they are $55. New or returning 2nd year umpires dues are $20 until February 15th and $27.50 after that. Inactive dues are $10. Please complete the form to avoid suspension and fines. If you wish to pay by mail and avoid the online registration fee, please complete the form included on the last page of this newsletter and mail it along with your payment to:
Mari-Ann Wilson
316 Montier Road
Glenside, Pa 19038

Wednesday, January 18
USL Test

The USL test is available online now on the USL central Hub through Please forward your results to the testing chair, Lorma Capili ( prior to the test meetings on 3/16 or 3/21. You also need your test complete prior to a rating session.

US online course Training- All new officials (Level 1) must complete the Online Rules and Penalty Course in his or her first year.
USL Membership Account- Please take a few minutes to review your personal information on If any of your information is incorrect, please notify Dawn Grothmann (
Mentor Program- We are revising and improving our mentoring program. Please contact Kerry Sacco ( if you would like a mentor or if you are interested in becoming a mentor. This is a great way to ask questions and to grow as an official. Being a mentor fulfills some service requirements. Please look for more information as the season gets closer.
Integrity-Throughout the season, we encourage you to nominate a fellow official who has exemplified this season’s theme. Let us know how he/she displays “Integrity” through leadership, professionalism, and/or kindness. We want to award his/her positive energy and to share it with our membership and continue the excellence of PWLUA. Nominations should be emailed to Kathy Gregory ( with a brief description.

Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain” -unknown

Attract what you expect. Reflect what you desire. Become what you respect. And mirror what you admire.” -unknown

Becoming a New Women's Lacrosse Official

Interested in becoming a new official?  Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to do exactly that.

Contat Roberta Butler,, 215-570-1390 for more information....there's a reward for referrals....

Training cost is $30 and includes:
-Handouts, rule book, coin, cards and flag
-Initial Classroom session - 1 hour
-Follow up test prep session - 2 hours
-Live on field training - 3 hours

Membership Requirements

All Philadelphia Women's Lacrosse Umpires are required annually to:

1. Be members as an UMPIRE of US Lacrosse (see Links section of our website)
2. Become a member of the PWLUA (link at the top of the site)
3. Attend the reqired number of meetings PIAA Members (6 and an Interpretation Meeting) Non PIAA Members (4 meetings and an Interpretation Meeting)
4. Perform service and attend a clinc/playday
5. Take the year US Lacrosse test (access your arbiter account to take the test.  Go to the handouts section of our website to download it ahead of time.) Click here for directions.  Adult referees should email their results to Lorma Capili,

Optional: Be a certified member of PIAA