How to Become a Licensed Official

The IHSA is looking for men and women who want to return something to their sport, their school, and their community by becoming licensed athletic officials. Candidates must be at least 17 years old, in good physical condition, and able to make decisions on their feet and stick to them.

We currently license officials in 16 different sports: baseball, basketball, competitive cheer, competitive dance, football, boys gymnastics, girls gymnastics, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.

To become an IHSA official, you'll need to submit an online application and, after you've received a rule book from the IHSA, take an online, open-book rules examination. In your first season of being licensed you'll also need to watch an online rules presentation that will introduce you to the latest rule changes and interpretations and attend a clinic that will teach you the fundamentals of good officiating.

Start the application process here.

Questions

Have a question? Email the IHSA Officials Department for a prompt reply.