Officiate Iowa High School Athletic Events

IHSAA Officials

Stay involved with Iowa high school athletics by registering as an official! To qualify, registrants must be a high school student or older, have a thorough understanding of the sport you wish to officiate, and the ability to interpret and apply rules.

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IOWA CENTER FOR OFFICIALS SERVICES (ICOS)

Starting in the 2021-22 athletic year, the IHSAA and IGHSAU will be utilizing the NFHS Center for Officials Services, powered by DragonFly, for information, registration, education, licensing, and postseason assignments for all officials.

Once logged in, you will find tutorials and information from DragonFly to help you better understand the registration and licensing process.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE BECOMING AN IHSAA OFFICIAL

Notable Policies

  • Officials are considered independent contractors. 
  • Officials from out-of-state must obtain a valid IHSAA license to officiate within Iowa.
  • All licenses expire annually after the state baseball tournament and must be renewed within one year of expiration.
  • High school students are eligible to obtain a license and officiate sub-varsity and junior high contests. 
  • Armed Forces personnel will have licensing fees waived for their first two years of officiating (form below). 
  • High school and college students receive a discounted rate for licensing fees. 

Official Exams and Rules Meeting Requirements

  • All officials must score 75 percent or higher on an online open-book exam in the sport(s) for which they intend to officiate. Exams may be retaken twice if necessary.
  • All officials are required to view an online rules interpretation meeting pertaining to their sport(s) before the season begins.
  • To become varsity eligible, new officials of football, basketball, baseball, and wrestling must attend a clinic within the first three years of registration.
  • Exams and rules meetings may be found through DragonFly (ICOS). 

IHSAA Hub for Registered Officials

Officials Associations & Assignors

ORGANIZATIONCONTACTCITYEMAILPHONE
Algona Officials AssociationFred PerkinsEmmetsburgfredbp0022@gmail.com(712) 490-4061
Black Hawk Officials AssociationRobert Smith Jr.Waterloorobert.smith@uni.edu(319) 230-7917
Cedar Rapids Athletic Officials AssociationChris HeidelbauerMarionchris@craoa.com(319) 533-0292
Cedar Valley Soccer Officials AssociationPhil WatsonCedar FallsPhil.Watson@cfu.net(319) 230-9148
Central Iowa Wrestling Officials AssociationJesse McCradyAnkenyjessetmccrady@gmail.com(641) 780-4618
Clarinda Officials OrganizationKeith BrothersClarindakbrothers093@gmail.com(712) 303-0025
Des Moines Officials AssociationLarry JacobusDes Moinespiratespens@msn.com(515) 490-0779
Dubuque Area Soccer Officials AssociationPaul LassanceDubuquepaullassance@mchsi.com(563) 590-0487
East Central Iowa Soccer Officials Assoc.Brian D. CohenRobinstlcx2plusbdc@gmail.com(319) 294-8863
Eastern Iowa Wrestling Officials Assoc.Chris MeineckeMaquoketachris@meinecke-richards.com(319) 480-3377
Fort Dodge Officials AssociationJim BiceFort Dodgejbice@mchsi.com(515) 571-3191
Greater Des Moines Umpires AssociationGeorge DavisDes Moinescoachdavis@mchsi.com(515) 979-9291
Grundy County Officials AssociationCharles McCauleyReinbeckcmmccauley1@gmail.com(832) 434-8996
I.O.W.A (Iowa Officials Western Assoc.)Chris GirresCouncil Bluffschrisgirres@gmail.com(402) 657-2905
Iowa City Athletic Officials AssociationJohn MathiasIowa Cityjohn.r.mathias@gmail.com(319) 430-5100
Mahaska County Wrestling Officials AssociationLanny BrandAltoonalannybrand@gmail.com(515) 975-9602
North Iowa Area Soccer Officials AssociationCharlie RamsayMason Citysocrdude74@msn.com(641) 420-8345
North Iowa Officials AssociationKen RobbinsMason Citykenrobbins2390@gmail.com515-571-2390
Northwest IA Wrestling Coaches & Officials AssocMike WinklepleckSioux Citywinklem@live.siouxcityschools.com(712) 870-4682
Premier Sports Officials AssociationSean JohnstonBenningtonpsoa@premiersportsofficials.com(402) 319-8413
Quad City Officials AssociationJon ClarkMolinequadcityra@gmail.com(309) 945-8119
Red Rock Officials AssociationCraig Van VarkPellacraig.vanvark@gmail.com(641) 628-9179
Saylorville Officials Association-BASKETBALLDan BrunsAnkenybrunsdanielp@johndeere.com(515) 724-4278
Saylorville Officials Association-FOOTBALLBill PrangeAnkenybill2182@mchsi.com(515) 210-4167
Siouxland Officials AssociationKevin EekhoffLeMarskeekhoff@bank-northwest.com(712) 548-2722
Siouxland SOCCER Officials Association (SSOA)Patrick WiltgenSouth Sioux Citypatrickwiltgen@msn.com(402) 987-7719
Siouxland Umpires AssociationGrant ThompsonSioux CityGT25Ump@gmail.com(712) 301-3905
Southeast Iowa Soccer Officials Association Daniel LopezTiffinjdaniellopez87@hotmail.com563-506-3263
Southeast Iowa Officials AssociationJoshua RagarWest Pointjragar9@outlook.com(309) 371-5020
Tri-State Officials AssociationAl StoltzDubuquestoltzalan@yahoo.com(563) 451-8352
Twin Lakes Area Officials AssociationFred PerkinsEmmetsburgfredbp0022@gmail.com(712) 490-4061
Wapello County Officials AssociationBill OwensOttumwaottumwaofficials@yahoo.com(641) 814-2271
Waterloo Area Officials Association (WAOA)Terrance Campbell (TC)Cedar Fallswaterlooofficials@gmail.com(319) 504-2940
Webster City Officials AssociationChris HansenWebster Citycthansen68@gmail.com(515) 851-1973

Resources for Iowa High School Sports Officials

OFFICIALS’ APPAREL & EQUIPMENT

IHSAA Officials Hall of Fame

CONGRATS TO THE 2020-21 INDUCTEES

 

Jay Flora

Marshalltown

Jeff Frese

Norway

Cary Griffith

Nashua

John J. Jaspers

Cedar Rapids

Royce Ranniger

Sioux City

Dan Severidt

Adel

Kurt Walderbach

Mason City

VIEW ALL IHSAA HALL OF FAME OFFICIALS