There are local chapters and associations which prepare sports officials to become football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey and wrestling referees as well as baseball, softball and field hockey umpires. To become a high school sports referee or umpire in Texas, 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.
Referee Training in Texas
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 Texas sports officials pass a floor or field exam to show that they understand how the rules and mechanics are applied during game situations.
As a prospective official, you should click the “chapter websites” link on the UIL website to find Texas referee training in your area. Here is the UIL link. Other information for Texas referees can be found using the following link: http://www.taso.org/.