Why should I be an official?
How do I get started?
To get licensed you need to apply to the IHSAA. They will provide you with rule books and information on taking the licensing test online. Testing is usually in late July and early August.
The IFOA is also offering a prospective officials track for unlicensed officials this summer, June 23, 2018, at North Central High School. Registration is only $20 and will include all clinic materials, lunch, and up to $128 in free memberships to help get you started. Registration is now open so register now.
Connect With a Local Association
If you do not know any local officials, contact the IFOA membership chairman and he can put you in contact with a local official. Some of our local associations host training programs over the summer to help prepare for the exam. Below are links to local associations who have let us know about their classes.
IOA (Indianapolis) - June 6 - July 18
Expectations of a New Official
Most first year officials spend the season working youth, junior high and sub-varsity games. It is unusual for a new official to work any varsity games their first season. Most youth games are on Saturday and Sunday. Junior high games are in the middle of the week and sub-varsity games are often Monday evening or Saturday morning. You will often be working with a least one experienced official in these games.