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Steps to become an official

1. Complete the online registration (including payment)
2. Submit background check documents
3. Complete concussion training
4. Attend rules meeting
5. Pass exam with minimum score of 75-80%
6. After above steps are complete, one becomes a registered official. However, he not only need to keep himself fit but also get matches assigned to him.
7. Join an Officials Association (highly recommended but not required)
8. Attend a training clinic within first 2-3 years

Points on requirements

– New officials start out officiating Youth games or 7th and 8th grade school games and can officiate in levels JV, Freshman and Youth Games.
– First year officials will work sub-varsity games – Junior High, C squad, and Junior Varsity.
– Most first year officials spend the season working youth, junior high and sub-varsity games.
– Second year trainees may be assigned to fill vacancies on varsity on field assignments.
– For those with any interest at all in officiating at a higher level than high school, one should take time to introduce oneself to those working higher levels and express your goals and aspirations. It may seem somewhat intimidating talking to a ‘veteran’ official about these things, but remember, at some point in time, they started exactly where you did and some may have even initiated their careers as a sub-high school official (Pop Warner, recreational flag football, etc.).
– 105 CMR: Department of Public Health – 201.007 (E) Training Program “Game officials shall complete one of the training programs approved by the Department as specified on the Department’s website annually and shall provide independent verification of completion of the training program to schools or school districts upon request.”
– National Federation of High School, NFHS, rules training is required. Access to NFHS centralized officiating educational content (NFHS Central Hub) exclusively for high school officials.
– Youth leagues with high school games (Freshman and JV) youth league games with ages 8 and up thru freshman, JV and Varsity high school games.
– For some states: High school students are eligible to obtain a license and officiate junior high school (7th or 8th grades) contests, but may not officiate senior high (grades 9-12) games.
– Must be in adequate physical condition and possess a history of integrity, respect, and professionalism.