2018-07-09 / Sports

2018-19 Officials Registration Underway


The MHSAA is always looking for more officials for all sports at the high school and middle-school level. As more officials are aging out of the profession, gaps exist, often resulting in game cancellations due to lack of officials. Photo by Lisa Paine The MHSAA is always looking for more officials for all sports at the high school and middle-school level. As more officials are aging out of the profession, gaps exist, often resulting in game cancellations due to lack of officials. Photo by Lisa Paine LAPEER COUNTY — Looking for a way to stay involved with middleor high school sports? The Michigan High School Athletic Association is accepting registrations by mail and online for game officials for the 2018-19 school year.

The MHSAA annually receives registration by more than 9,500 officials, and had 9,816 during the 2017-18 school year. The highest total of officials registered for basketball, 4,064, with football and baseball both with more than 2,000 registered officials during this past school year.

For all new and returning officials, those who register online again will receive a $5 discount off their processing fees. A $15 fee is charged for each sport in which an official wishes to register, and the online processing fee is $35. Officials submitting registration forms by mail or on a walk-up basis will incur a $40 processing fee. Officials registered in 2017-18 will be assessed a late fee of $30 for registration after July 31. The processing fee includes liability insurance coverage up to $1 million for officials while working contests involving MHSAA schools.

Online registration can be accessed by clicking “Officials” on the home page of the MHSAA Website at www.mhsaa.com. Forms also are available online that can be printed and submitted by traditional mail or hand delivery to the MHSAA Office. More information about officials’ registration may be obtained by contacting the MHSAA at 1661 Ramblewood Drive, East Lansing, MI, 48823; by phone at (517) 332-5046 or by e-mail at register@mhsaa.com.

There is an officials' registration test for first-time officials and officials who were not registered during the past school year. The test consists of 45 questions derived from the MHSAA Officials Guidebook, which also is available on the Officials page of the MHSAA Website. Additional 50-question exams must be taken by those registering for football or basketball for the first time or those who were not registered for those sports during the previous school year. Manuals for both sports also are available on the Officials page. New officials and those who didn’t officiate during 2017-18 also must complete the online MHSAA Principles of Officiating course, also available on the MHSAA Website.

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