Step 1: Obtain an Officiating Application [ APPLICATION ]
Step 2: Complete Concussion Training - Applicants must complete a course on concussion training, prior to officiating.
Step 3: Mail application form and fee - Mail completed application form, photocopies of officiating permits from the last three years and required $60.00 application fee ($60 per sport) to Officiating Department, OHSAA, 4080 Roselea Place, Columbus, OH, 43214. Fall sport applications will only be accepted from June 15 through July 15, winter sport applications Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, spring sport applications Dec. 15 through Jan. 15.
Step 4: Receive officiating rule book packet in mail - You will receive all study material, the testing instructions and the OHSAA handbook for officials within 14 days after we receive your application. If you do not receive this material, contact the OHSAA officiating department at 614-267-2502, ext. 110 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 5: Prepare for and take officiating exam - Study the provided books in preparation for the online test. You will take a rules test and a mechanics test. Each test you will be able to take twice. At the conclusion of the test you will receive your results.
Step 6: Receive Officiating Permit - Applicants with a passing score of 80% or higher will receive their officiating permit in the mail. Allow three weeks from mailing date. If you do not receive your permit within this time frame, contact the OHSAA officiating department at 614-267-2502, ext. 110 email@example.com.
Note: Applicants who do not pass the officiating exam must wait one year to re-apply and start the application process over.
Step 7: Attend Required Rules Meetings - All officials have annual meeting requirements. Most sports require four local meetings. A state rules meeting is also required after the year in which an individual initially becomes an official. Begin local meeting attendance NOW!
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Step 8: Annual Renewal of Officiating Permit - Renew your officiating permit annually in June.