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Q. What are the requirements to become an FHSAA Official?
A. The requirements are as follows:

  • Be 18 years of age or older. Note that if you are either 16 or 17 years old, you can still join our Student Officials Program.
  • Submit to the FHSAA Office a valid application for registration (available online)
  • Pay appropriate non-refundable registration fees
  • Join and maintain membership in a local officials association (must declare local officials association at time of registration)
  • Certify that you have never been arrested for or convicted of a felony. Note: If you have been convicted of a felony, you must explain and provide the FHSAA with documentation on the conclusion of the incident.  You may still be able to officiate, if given permission by the FHSAA.
  • Successfully pass the mandatory Level 2 Background Screening (to be compliant with the Jessica Lunsford Act.)

Q. I'm really interested in officiating. How do I get started?
A. Visit our Steps to Become an Official Page to see what it takes.
Q. How do I find a local officials association in my area?
A. You can find officials associations on a county basis on our Association Directory page. If you have any questions, use our Contact Page to send us an email.
Q. Can I be a member of more than one local officials association in the same sport?
A. Yes. When registering with the FHSAA, you will have a button to add an additional association. Your primary association will give you your rules books and other materials.
Q. How much does it cost to register with FHSAA?
A. Click here for registration fees

Q. When can I register?
A. Right Now! However, there are deadlines. Also, if you register after a certain date, a $10 late fee applies to returning officials upon registration. For registration deadlines go to http://www.fhsaa.org/sports/officials/

Q. Does the local officials association charge a fee?
A. Yes, however, you will need to contact your local officials association to confirm the cost.
Q. How much will I make as a register FHSAA Official?
A. Click here for approximate FHSAA Game fees. To view the exact game fees, refer to section 902 of your FHSAA Officials Guidebook, which is available at www.fhsaa.org/rules/officials/

Q. What materials / supplies will I get from the FHSAA after I register?
A. Registered officials will receive a National Federation Rules Book, National Federation Case Book, National Federation Officials’ Manual (when available), Officials Insurance, and an annual Official ID Card. Officials will receive these materials through their Primary local association.

For more information, see Section 102.06 of the Guidebook. You can download the FHSAA Officials Guidebook at www.fhsaa.org/rules/officials-guidebook

Q. How do I get game assignments?
A. Once registering with FHSAA is complete and contact with the local association is established, the local association will advise of the assignment process used. Many associations require training meeting attendance or evaluation of level of officiating as a part of the assignment process.
Q. What are the start-up costs as a new official?
A. Registration cost, fingerprinting costs, uniform cost.
Many local officials associations have special incentive programs for new officials to help offset costs. Go to our Sports Page and select a sport to view estimated costs.
Q. Do new officials pay a late registration fee?
A. No.
Q. I've registered to officiate, but my plans have changed. May I have a refund of my registration fee?
A. Registration fees are non-refundable. However, officials MUST notify the FHSAA office directly to ensure that no fines are assessed for failure to complete the online rules exam for their sport(s).
Q. If transferring from another state, how do I get credit for my years of experience?
A. The state association's office will need to communicate (or verify) years of experience to the FHSAA. Please note that all years of experience may not be accepted. You will have to contact your old state association to have them send this information to us (usually via fax or email).
Q. I currently live out-of-state and travel to Florida during the season. Am I still responsible for meeting the requirements of online exam?
A. Because of online testing accessibility, officials who reside out of state will be required to meet the same requirements as officials who reside in Florida.

Q. I have additional questions or a suggestion for this FAQ. What do I do?
A. Use the Contact Page to contact us and ask us!

 

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