Many people get into officiating because they want to stay in the game after their playing and/or coaching careers are over. It's also a great way to stay in shape and be an influence on young people.
To work high school sports you need to be registered. Many local youth leagues also use registered officials but many do not require it. This is a great way to get started. To get registered you need to contact the NDHSAA. They will provide you with rule books and information on taking the test online.
THE CHALLENGE of officiating can provide some great personal rewards. As an official you must make instantaneous decisions, resolve conflicts and deal with stress and pressure. You are in a position to be a positive role model around children and young adults. Sports officials must be able to bring control to chaos; understand fairness; promote safety and encourage good sportsmanship.
One key thing any new official should do is connect with officials in your area. You can do this before or after applying to the NDHSAA. An experienced official can help you prepare for the exam, learn the mechanics and philosophies of officiating, and help you get assigned to games. If you do not know any local officials, contact the NDHSAA and they can put you in contact with a local official. Some of the local associations host training programs over the summer to help prepare for the season.
As with anything the more you put into it the more you'll get out of it. The more you study the rules the more you'll get noticed on the field or court. Getting as many games as you can will be extremely beneficial to your development as an 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. Junior high and sub-varsity games are in the middle of the week and Saturday mornings. You will often be working with a least one experienced official in these games.
Dickinson Roughrider Officials Assoc.
Executive Secretary Troy Huber
620 13th St E
Dickinson, ND 58601
ND High School Activities Assoc.
PO Box 817
Valley City, ND 58701
FB / VB Aug. 30 - Sept. 6, 2016
BB / WR Nov. 29 - Dec. 6, 2016
The NDHSAA newsletter, the BULLETIN, is posted to our website monthly. You will find links to the 2016/17 monthly BULLETINS.