Become a Referee in Colorado

Prospective Colorado referees must contact the Area Director for their sport to learn about local training and certification classes. Area directors oversee the following Colorado high school sports: Baseball, basketball, football, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, track, volleyball and wrestling.

For most of the Colorado high school sports, you will need to join a state board or local board in order to work games in your area. These organizations oversee the testing and certification of new all new officials. To become a referee, you will need to complete and pass a rules exam created by the NFHS.

For more information, go to the website of the Colorado High School Activities Association. From the CHSAA website navigation, use the drop down menu under the officials tab to select your sport. Follow the links to find the list of area directors for your sport. Contact the one closest to you to learn more about officiating opportunities. Here is the CHSAA link.

Become a Colorado Soccer Referee

Colorado soccer referees must be a member of the HSSO (High School Soccer Officials). They must also be registered with the USSF with a minimum level of grade 8. Members with less than one year of USSF experience will be assigned junior varsity level games only. After one year, new soccer referees can qualify for work at the varsity level by passing an on-field evaluation. Contact HSSO for more information.

Colorado Football Officials

Football officials in Colorado are trained and certified by the Colorado Football Officials Association (CFOA). Here is a link to more information:

Colorado Baseball Umpires and Basketball Referees

For baseball umpire training in Colorado, contact the Colorado High School Baseball Umpires Association. Here is the link:

Area9officials trains and certifies prospective basketball referees in the Boulder area.

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