BECOME AN OFFICIAL
Have you thought about becoming an IHSAA official?
Officials are an essential part of high school athletics and a required role in the staging of competitions. They provide leadership and guidance to participants, and ensure that competition is conducted in a safe and fair manner. Officials demonstrate a positive outlook on sports through integrity, honesty, and respect.
Becoming an official is a unique opportunity to stay involved with athletics and influence student-athletes and communities.
HOW TO BECOME AN IHSAA OFFICIAL
Select your preferred IHSAA sports and pay the associated registration fees.
Complete required rules exam and rules meeting with selected sports, when available.
Attend IHSAA approved rules clinic for varsity and postseason eligibility, if interested.
OFFICIALS ASSOCIATIONS & ASSIGNORS
|Algona Officials Association||Fred Perkins||Emmetsburgfirstname.lastname@example.org||(712) 490-4061|
|Black Hawk Officials Association||Robert Smith Jr.||Waterlooemail@example.com||(319) 230-7917|
|Cedar Rapids Athletic Officials Association||Chris Heidelbauer||Marionfirstname.lastname@example.org||(319) 533-0292|
|Cedar Valley Soccer Officials Association||Phil Watson||Cedar Falls||Phil.Watson@cfu.net||(319) 230-9148|
|Central Iowa Wrestling Officials Association||Jesse McCrady||Ankenyemail@example.com||(641) 780-4618|
|Clarinda Officials Organization||Keith Brothers||Clarindafirstname.lastname@example.org||(712) 303-0025|
|Des Moines Officials Association||Larry Jacobus||Des Moinesemail@example.com||(515) 490-0779|
|Dubuque Area Soccer Officials Association||Paul Lassance||Dubuquefirstname.lastname@example.org||(563) 590-0487|
|East Central Iowa Soccer Officials Assoc.||Brian D. Cohen||Robinsemail@example.com||(319) 294-8863|
|Eastern Iowa Wrestling Officials Assoc.||Chris Meinecke||Maquoketafirstname.lastname@example.org||(319) 480-3377|
|Fort Dodge Officials Association||Jim Bice||Fort Dodgeemail@example.com||(515) 571-3191|
|Greater Des Moines Umpires Association||George Davis||Des Moinesfirstname.lastname@example.org||(515) 979-9291|
|Grundy County Officials Association||Charles McCauley||Reinbeckemail@example.com||(832) 434-8996|
|I.O.W.A (Iowa Officials Western Assoc.)||Chris Girres||Council Bluffsfirstname.lastname@example.org||(402) 657-2905|
|Iowa City Athletic Officials Association||John Mathias||Iowa Cityemail@example.com||(319) 430-5100|
|Mahaska County Wrestling Officials Association||Lanny Brand||Altoonafirstname.lastname@example.org||(515) 975-9602|
|North Iowa Area Soccer Officials Association||Charlie Ramsay||Mason Cityemail@example.com||(641) 420-8345|
|North Iowa Officials Association||Dan Dingman||Mason Cityfirstname.lastname@example.org||(641) 512-6068|
|Northwest IA Wrestling Coaches & Officials Assoc||Mike Winklepleck||Sioux Cityemail@example.com||(712) 870-4682|
|Premier Sports Officials Association||Sean Johnston||Benningtonfirstname.lastname@example.org||(402) 319-8413|
|Quad City Officials Association||Jon Clark||Molineemail@example.com||(309) 945-8119|
|Red Rock Officials Association||Craig Van Vark||Pellafirstname.lastname@example.org||(641) 628-9179|
|Saylorville Officials Association-BASKETBALL||Dan Bruns||Ankenyemail@example.com||(515) 724-4278|
|Saylorville Officials Association-FOOTBALL||Bill Prange||Ankenyfirstname.lastname@example.org||(515) 210-4167|
|Siouxland Officials Association||Kevin Eekhoff||LeMarsemail@example.com||(712) 548-2722|
|Siouxland SOCCER Officials Association (SSOA)||Patrick Wiltgen||South Sioux Cityfirstname.lastname@example.org||(402) 987-7719|
|Siouxland Umpires Association||Grant Thompson||Sioux City||GT25Ump@gmail.com||(712) 301-3905|
|Southeast Iowa Soccer Officials Association||Daniel Lopez||Tiffinemail@example.com||563-506-3263|
|Southeast Iowa Officials Association||Joshua Ragar||West Pointfirstname.lastname@example.org||(309) 371-5020|
|Tri-State Officials Association||Al Stoltz||Dubuqueemail@example.com||(563) 451-8352|
|Twin Lakes Area Officials Association||Fred Perkins||Emmetsburgfirstname.lastname@example.org||(712) 490-4061|
|Wapello County Officials Association||Bill Owens||Ottumwaemail@example.com||(641) 814-2271|
|Waterloo Area Officials Association (WAOA)||Terrance Campbell (TC)||Cedar Fallsfirstname.lastname@example.org||(319) 504-2940|
|Webster City Officials Association||Chris Hansen||Webster Cityemail@example.com||(515) 851-1973|
WHO CAN BECOME AN IHSAA OFFICIAL
Anyone high school aged or older may become a registered official with the IHSAA.
Officials should have a thorough understanding of the activity for which they are officiating and possess the ability to interpret and apply the game rules. Officials who register with the IHSAA should have an enjoyment for high school activities and a desire to give something back to others who are now involved in those activities.
Refer to DragonFly for registration procedures.
DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION RATES
College: Full-time college students, currently enrolled, may register as officials for an annual fee of $20 for one sport and $12 for each additional sport. This fee is intended for students coming from high school and going into college, not former college students going back to school to take additional hours.
High School: High school students may register as officials for an annual fee of $20 for one sport and $12 for each additional sport.
Current and former: Current and former military personnel may register as officials by waiving the basic registration fee and the sport fee for two years. This offer is extended to those current and former military personnel who are registering as an IHSAA sport official for the first time. The current registration fee is a basic fee of $50 for one sport, and an additional cost of $12 for each additional sport. These fees will be waived for military personnel registering for the first time (for their first two years).
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE BECOMING AN IHSAA OFFICIAL
- 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.
- 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).