Officiate Iowa High School Athletic Events

How to Become an IHSAA Official

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.

Please contact officials@iahsaa.org with any officiating-related questions.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE BECOMING AN IHSAA OFFICIAL

Notable Policies

  • 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 as of the 2019-20 school year.

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.

START THE PROCESS to BECOME an IHSAA OFFICIAL

Current OFFICIALs: renew your registration

The annual registration and renewal period begins June 1st of each year with your IHSAA membership expiring at the conclusion of the state baseball tournament. Renew your registration for the current year.

IHSAA Hub for Registered Officials

Resources for Iowa High School Sports Officials

IHSAA Officials Hall of Fame

CONGRATS TO THE 2019 INDUCTEES

 

Robert (Bob) Baxter

Sioux City

Bill Boyd

New Hampton

Ira Dunsworth

Davenport

David Foltz

Rock Rapids

Myron Linn

Pella

Garth Workman

Burlington

VIEW ALL IHSAA HALL OF FAME OFFICIALS