Become a Referee in North Carolina


State associations prepare sports officials to become basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, volleyball and wrestling referees as well as baseball, softball and field hockey umpires. To become a high school sports referee or umpire in North Carolina, you must be 18-years old.


You will need to pay a registration fee along with a yearly dues assessment. This fee generally covers the cost of rule books, study material and, in some cases, classroom instruction. Thereafter, you must pass a written rules test to become certified.

Another common requirement is that North Carolina sports officials pass a floor or field exam to show that they understand how the rules and mechanics are applied during game situations.

Referee Training in North Carolina

Referee training varies from state to state and from sport to sport. Each state hosts a high school sports website which contains information for officials. In many cases referee and umpire camps, if not required, are strongly encouraged to educate new officials and help them advance in their sport.

Once you register online with the NCHSAA, you will receive rulebooks. The next step is to register with your local booking agent. Following that, you must attend a state rules clinic and take the state rules exam. Here are the link to North Carolina official clinics.

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