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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 - Dan McGinnis
A native of
Columbus, McGinnis was named Ohio’s 2013 Baseball Official of the Year.
He is a past president of the Central Ohio Baseball Umpires Association
and now serves on the Board of Directors of UMPS CARE Charities, a
non-profit organization established by Major League Baseball umpires (www.umpscare.com).
McGinnis has been a licensed OHSAA baseball umpire for 16 years and has
conducted the state umpire mechanics clinic since 2011. He has been an
adult education instructor since 2005.
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 - Rick Pollak
served the OHSAA in the role of Sports Official, Instructor, Rules
Interpreter, Association Secretary, and Assigner since 1993 in various
sports. He was instrumental in the creation of the Northern Ohio Field
Hockey Officials Association where his primary roles now include
Association Secretary, Umpire Recruiter, and Instructor.
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.
Girls Lacrosse - Lissa Fickert
Lissa Fickert is National umpire with over 30 years of
experience at all levels, including over 20 state/regional HS finals, 10
WCLA championship finals, NCAA championships, and the U-17 Festival in
Canada. She is a national clinician, has presented at the USL
convention, served as a Region Chair, Board Chair, trainer, and rules
interpreter in the Great Lakes Region, and is a member of the Ohio
Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
sits on the US Lacrosse Women’s Game Committee and is the Chair of the
USL Rules Committee. She is a Master Trainer for the Collegiate Women’s
Lacrosse Officials’ Association.
Boys Lacrosse -
Spitzer has over 30 years of lacrosse officiating experience working
youth, high school, NCAA and Major League Lacrosse games. He is a US
Lacrosse LAREDO Clinician and currently serves on the US Lacrosse Men’s
Officials Training Group and Men’s Game Committee. He is the college
assigner and rules interpreter for District 6. The former head
lacrosse and head wrestling coach at Upper Arlington High School, Lee is
a member of the Ohio Lacrosse, Ohio Capital Conference and the Ohio High
School Wrestling Halls of Fame.
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 - R.J. Van Almen
R.J. Van Almen is in his 20th year
serving on the Board of the Greater Canton Aquatics Association and his
10th as President. A former Association Representative to the Greater
Canton Amateur Sports Hall of Fame for 18 years, R.J. currently serves
as its President after having served as President of the East Ohio
Swimming Officials Association and the East Ohio Track Officials
a 2014 Stark County Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame Inductee.
In 2015 he was
named The National Federation of High School Officials Association
Girl’s Official of the Year.
R.J. has officiated at the High School, College and USA
levels, including 17 NCAA National Championships meets, six Division I
and Division II OHSAA State Championships, respectively, and four Arena
Pro Swim Series meets.
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