Become a Referee in Pennsylvania


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

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.


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 test to become certified.

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

Candidates must complete the PIAA Officials Application available online. Exams are given at assigned sites. After passing the exam, officials are to affiliate with their local chapter, whose location will be sent to them. Go to the officials page for more details.

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