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The sports of Baseball, Football,
Basketball, Field Hockey, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Fast Pitch
Softball, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field, Volleyball and Wrestling
have an individual responsible for the training and education of those
sports officials. The DOD assists with meeting topics, classes and
virtually every aspect of officiating enhancement.
of Officiating Development Bulletins
Baseball - Kyle McNeely
Current Chairman of the National
Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) National Baseball Rules
Committee. Has been involved with rules and mechanics at a national
level since 1985 and has served as the Rules Advisor and Historian for
the National Rules Committee and co-authored the NFHS Umpire Manual.
Elected to the OHSAA Officials’ Hall of Fame in 2007. Has umpired
baseball at all levels for 30 years, including numerous state
tournaments. Worked his first international tournament in Taiwan in 2004
for the High School World Championships. Also officiates high school
football, having worked one state championship and one NCAA Division III
Basketball - Denny Morris
inductee into the OHSAA’s Officials Hall of Fame. Has been an OHSAA
basketball official since 1975 and a state rules interpreter since 2005.
Worked OHSAA state championship games in 2002, 2005 and 2007 and has
been an instructor at numerous OHSAA basketball officiating clinics as
well as the Official’s First Conference in 2003, 2005 and 2007.
Field Hockey - William Gardiner
Has been officiating lacrosse
for 13 years and field hockey for 11 years. Currently holds a Level 2
rating from USA Field Hockey. Is a retired mathematics teacher from
Western New York.
Football - Dr. Bruce Maurer
Bio Note: Recently
retired after 39 years as the Associate
Director for Capital & Strategic Projects at The Ohio State University
Department of Recreational Sports. Officiated high school, collegiate
and professional football for 38 years, including 15 years in the NFL.
Taught officiating courses at OSU for 33 years. Also officiated high
school and collegiate basketball for 39 years and has served as the
OHSAA's wrestling state tournament director for 31 years (was inducted
into the Ohio High School Wrestling Officials Hall of Fame in 2008).
Gymnastics - Lori Powers-Basinger
A 24-year OHSAA official who also served as president
of the Advisory Committee to OHSAA for girls gymnastics for 8 years.
Recipient of the OHSAA Service award for career contributions to high
school gymnastics in Ohio.
Former head coach at St. Francis DeSales High School (18 years) earning
district and state coach of the year awards. Coached many state
qualifying teams and individuals- having 2 state runner-up team finishes
and 10 state individual champions. A USA Gymnastics national rated judge
who officiates all ages and levels of competition- from recreational to
NCAA. Currently serves as the State Judging Director of Ohio for the
National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges.
Hockey - Gary Wilkins
Brings 45 years of officiating experience at the USA Hockey, collegiate
and high school level. Has been an Ohio high school official for 36
years (two years prior to the OHSAA conducting a state tournament). Has
officiated 18 OHSAA State Final Playoffs. Is a member of the National
Federation ice hockey rules committee, while also serving as an OHSAA
officials assigner and rules interpreter. Is an Assistant Commissioner
with the Capital Hockey Conference and Director of the Columbus Ice
Hockey Officials Association.
Soccer - Don Muenz
Has been a
licensed OHSAA referee since 1984, NFHS
state faculty instructor since 1998, a certified assigner since 1985, a
USSF referee since 1978 and a USSF
instructor since 2000. Has officiated numerous NCAA tournament regional
matches and one women’s national championship game. Was honored by Major League
Soccer as one of Ohio’s Top 100 Soccer Leaders in 2000. Served two terms as
president of the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Officials Association and was a NISOA referee for 23 years. Has officiated 10 OHSAA state tournament
matches, served as fourth official on numerous regional and state final
matches and has been the OHSAA state rules interpreter since 1996.
Softball - Jerry Fick
Has been involved in training umpires
and officiating administration since 1971. Was named to the Amateur
Softball Association's national umpire Staff in 2002 and has since been
assigned to work with umpires across the country and in Europe. Is the
current vice chair of the ASA Fast Pitch Rules Committee. Has been an
OHSAA District Officials Secretary for 25 years and a state softball
interpreter since 2003. Developed the proposal for the OHSAA Officials
Hall of Fame in 1987 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995.
Swimming & Diving - Ken Gipe
Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of the
Larry Lyons Service Award, OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity
Award and the Carl Wirthwein Award. Has been an active OHSAA swimming
and diving official for 25 years, having served as both the swimming
referee and the diving referee at the state meet. Is the state rules
interpreter and supervisor of officials for the state meet. Also officiated at the
NCAA level for over 30 years. Served as president of the National
Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association and was a member of the NISCA
All-American Diving Selection panel for 4 years. Is retired from Port
Clinton schools after 30 years as a teacher and coach.
Track & Field - Dale Gabor
Is the OHSAA’s
administrator for cross country and track & field and serves as the head
rules interpreter in both sports. Is an instructor in the OHSAA’s
Fundamentals of Coaching program. Retired after 25 years as the athletic
director at Cleveland St. Ignatius High School. Was a 2010 inductee into
the Northeast District Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame. Is a
lifetime member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators
Volleyball - Diane Plas
Note: Has been an
OHSAA volleyball state rules interpreter since 1995. Has been a
collegiate volleyball and basketball coordinator for 29 years and has
officiated women’s collegiate volleyball and basketball for 21 years.
Wrestling - James Vreeland
more than 40 years as an educator, coach and
high school official. Has been a faculty member in private, parochial
and public systems. Has been an official for 40 years and has been a
state wrestling tournament official since 1988. Has served his local
association as president and rules interpreter. Has been a contributing
member to the NFHS wrestling training program, has co-authored Ohio’s
wrestling training curriculum and authored numerous articles for the
Officials' Quarterly magazine. Has been a presenter at Ohio's Official’s
First Conference several times and Michigan's 'Train the Trainers'
program. Has served as the OHSAA wrestling faculty responsible for the
development of educational training program for new wrestling officials.
Also served as education director for the Ohio Wrestling Officials‘
Association. Has been recognized as Ohio’s wrestling official of the
year, selected to the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame, Ohio Wrestling
Officials’ Hall of Fame and the OHSAA Officials’ Hall of Fame.
OHSAA Officiating Calendar
Annual Permit Renewal Period: June
Renewal Deadline with $50 Late Fee
Fall Sports: July 31
Winter Sports: Oct. 31
Spring Sports: Jan. 31
Application Period: Nov. 1-15
Testing Available: Nov. 15-30
Application Period: March 1-15
Testing Available: March 15-30
Application Period: April 20-May 5
Testing Available: May 5-20
New Application Deadline: July 15
Examination Dates: July 15-Aug. 15
New Application Deadline: Oct. 15
Examination Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 15
New Application Deadline: Jan. 15
Examination Dates: Jan. 15-Feb. 15