There are many ways that someone can help lacrosse in Oregon, but two areas that the OHSLA most needs help is in finding more coaches and referees. See details below how you can help on the field as a Coach or Official .
Since lacrosse is not yet an Oregon Scholastic Athletic Association (OSAA) sport, most teams are not managed by their school but by an independent lacrosse club. These clubs are often are run by parents serving as Board of Directors or by the Head Coach and always have a need for volunteers to keep teams functioning. A club needs more than a Board of Directors to function. Many need help with fundraising and there is always room for an extra scorekeeper or statistician, even to help with lining the fields. Talk to the parents in the stands and GET INVOLVED.
This is a great way to get involved, earn some extra money, and get some great exercise. You don't need a background in officiating or in lacrosse to become a lacrosse referee. the Oregon Lacrosse Officials Association (OLOA) will train you and help get you on your way. Many of the officials that officiate OHSLA games also serve as referees at the college level. Officiating can turn into a great hobby, and you will be doing a great service to Oregon lacrosse as the quality of the officials have a big influence on how well the game is played.
Check the Frequently Asked Questions for Incoming a NEW Official and if you would like to get involved in officiating, contact the Oregon Lacrosse Officials Association (OLOA) for more information.
Did you play college or high school lacrosse? Have you coached at the youth level? If so there are many teams that need coaching help, both full and part time. If you don't feel that you are quite up to coaching at the high school level, you can get involved at the junior level, helping to get many young players prepared for competition in the OHSLA.
Our Board is always looking for advice and help on how to improve lacrosse in Oregon. Please contact the OHSLA Commissioner with any questions (see how on our Contacts Page).