Become a Referee in Ohio
Local associations prepare sports officials to become basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, volleyball and wrestling referees as well as baseball, softball and field hockey umpires. In many cases referee and umpire camps, if not required, are strongly encouraged to educate new officials and help them advance in their sport.
To referee high school sports in Ohio, you must be 18-years old. You should expect to pay an entry fee along with a yearly dues assessment. The entry fee generally covers the cost of rule books, study material and, in some cases, classroom instruction. Thereafter, you must pass a written rules exam to become certified.
Another common requirement is that Ohio referee and umpire candidates pass a floor or field exam to determine that they understand how the rules and mechanics are applied during game situations.
Ohio sports referees must receive an officials permit. It requires that you first contact an approved OHSAA instructor, complete his class and pass the rules exam. For more details about steps to certification click here.
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