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Beginning Officials - Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer (USSF Grades 9-12), Softball, Volleyball and Wrestling

1. Beginning Officials - Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer (USSF Grades 9-12), Softball, Volleyball and Wrestling

Step 1: Take OHSAA Officiating Class - Register to use the online system at officials.myohsaa.org. Once registered, complete/edit any profile and contact information and click Choose Sports to indicate which sports you are interested in. Click on the Official profile and Select a Course to review the information and register for a class.
Step 2: Take Officiating Exam - The class concludes with the officiating exam. Applicants must receive a passing score of 75% on the mechanics and rules exams and pass the proficiency portion in order to be a licensed OHSAA official. Successful students may begin officiating interscholastic contests immediately. 
Step 3Complete Concussion Training - Applicants must complete a course on concussion training, prior to officiating. 
Step 4: Receive Officiating Permit - Applicants with a passing score will receive their officiating permit in the mail within three weeks from their test date. If you do not receive your permit within this time frame, contact the OHSAA officiating department at 614-267-2502, ext. 110 or officiating@ohsaa.org
Note: Applicants receiving a grade of 65% to 74% on the mechanics or rules exam may request a retest. Applicants who do not pass the subsequent officiating exam must wait one year to re-enroll in the officiating class and start the application process over.
Step 5: Contact your local officiating association - Find a local association in your area
Step 6: Annual Renewal of Permit - Renew your officiating permit annually in June. 
     Note: During the school year in which the official successfully completes the adult education class, all meeting requirements are waived.

1A. Person who has current certification through USSF (Grades 1-7) or the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association or another sport Association Officiating program

a. Application form with application fee of $60.00 attached for each sport must be completed and sent to the OHSAA. See application deadlines.  [ APPLICATION ]
b.
 Submission of experience and training in sport of interest required.
c. Must pass an online review exam with 80% or higher. See examination dates. Two attempts will be permitted.
d. Must complete a course on concussion training. prior to officiating. (revised 8/9)
e. Must attend minimum required local rules meetings. Meetings attended prior to test shall count towards local meeting requirements.
f. State Rules Interpretation Meeting not required in year tested, but is an annual requirement thereafter.
g. Annual officiating permit fee required for each sport.

1B. Person who has current certification through USSF (Grade 8)

a. Proof of current Grade 8 certification submitted to class instructor.
b. Register to use the online system at officials.myohsaa.org, sign up for and attend 10-hour OHSAA-approved "Bridge" officiating class covering OHSAA, differences between FIFA's Laws and NFHS Rules, Dual System Officiating Mechanics and Double-Dual System Officiating Mechanics.
c. Score a minimum of 75% on NFHS Rules Test.
d. Score a minimum of 75% on NFHS Class II Mechanics Exam.
e. Must complete a course on concussion training. prior to officiating. (revised 8/9)
f. Annual officiating permit fee is required.
g. After first year, attend an annual State Rules Interpretation Meeting and the required number (i.e. four) Local Rules meetings.