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OHSAA Rule Books

The OHSAA adheres to the rules set forth by the National Federation of State High School Associations. NFHS rule books can be purchased from the OHSAA. Click here for the order form. Simply complete the order form, attach payment made payable to the OHSAA and send your request to Brandy Young, OHSAA, 4080 Roselea Place, Columbus, OH 43214.

OHSAA Officiating Supplies

The OHSAA has officiating supplies including soccer patches, class pins and charms, and select publications. More may be purchased through your local association secretary.

Authorized OHSAA Officiating Apparel Dealers

Final Score Sporting Goods

5530 State Road #2

Parma, OH 44134

Phone: 216-459-0186

Fax: 216-459-0196

Email: sales@fssportinggoods.com

Web site: www.fssportinggoods.com

 

Honig Whistle Stop
7136 Jackson Road, ANN Arbor, MI, 48103. P: 1-800-468-3284; Fax: 877-869-4783
Web site: www.honigs.com
 

Fleming's Referee and Sport
2560 Billingsley Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
1-800-774-8677
Web site: www.refandsport.com
 

Purchase Officials Supplies
300 Opportunity Pky. Ste.1, Akron, OH 44307 P:330-564-1082; Fax: 330-564-1086
Web site: www.purchaseofficials.com

Game Flip Coin and Commemorative Patch

Click on the following forms for: OHSAA Game Flip Coin  |  Commemorative Patch

OHSAA Required Uniforms

See below for the uniform requirements for each OHSAA sanctioned sport.

Baseball

The approved uniform for interscholastic baseball umpires is gray pants (either Heather Gray or Charcoal Gray for the regular season, sectional or district games. For Regional and State games, Charcoal Gray pants are to be worn by all members of the crew) with an MLU navy shirt with the OHSAA embroidered logo on the right breast. Undershirts or t-shirts shall be red. When needed, a navy blue jacket or coat shall be worn. Official OHSAA logo officials apparel shall be purchased from one of the authorized dealers listed above. All umpires on a crew must be dressed alike. Navy caps with the OHSAA logo on the crown must be worn and shall be purchased only from authorized dealers. Any other emblems or patches are not permitted on the officiating uniform. EXCEPTION: An American flag may be worn appropriately. Jewelry may not be worn except wedding band, medical ID, or religious medal.
     Penalty - Fine not to exceed $100.

Basketball

The officiating uniform for basketball officials in OHSAA games is as follows: Black and white vertically striped short sleeve knit shirt with v-neck collar, black slacks, black belt (if used), black socks and black shoes. Note: A warm-up jacket shall be worn for regular season and OHSAA tournament games. It shall be black and unadorned except that it shall have the OHSAA logo on the left breast. The only legal jacket is that sold by one of the authorized dealers listed above. No watch or jewelry may be worn except wedding band, medical id or religious medal. Emblems and patches are not permitted on the officiating uniform. EXCEPTION: An American flag may be worn appropriately.
     Penalty - Fine not to exceed $100.

Cross Country

No emblems, patches or insignia of any type other that those referring to high school cross country or track and field may be worn by an official while officiating cross country tournaments. EXCEPTION: An American flag may be worn appropriately (see track & field below).
     Penalty - Fine not to exceed $100.

Field Hockey

Black and white 1" vertical striped top. A fuchsia shirt shall be worn by all officials in a game if the striped shirt does not contrast with the uniforms of one or both teams. Black, skirt, culottes, slacks or shorts and black shoes must be worn. No watch or jewelry may be worn except wedding band, medical id or religious medal. Emblems and patches are not permitted on the officiating uniform. EXCEPTION: An American flag may be worn appropriately.
     Penalty - Fine not to exceed $100.

Football

Black and white vertically striped, long or short-sleeved knit shirt, with one-inch stripes, a black knit cuff and Byron collar. All officials in a given game shall wear the same type shirt. Black football officiating pants with white stripes, and black socks. Black shorts (with belt loops and belt) and black ankle socks may be worn as an alternate uniform for varsity contests during August and September. Black shorts shall be worn for all scrimmages and may be worn for all sub varsity games. The uniforms should be clean, fit properly and be neat. Solid black football shoes with black laces. Shoes should be shined before each game. Black baseball cap with white piping, except the Referee who shall wear a white cap. Black leather belt 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide with plain buckle. Black and white vertically striped jacket when worn during the game. A black jacket or black and white striped jacket may be worn prior to the game. Gold penalty flags with a black ball. Note: Beginning in 2014 all officials must carry a minimum of one flag located in the front. Blue bean bag. The Umpire shall use an all-black towel. Jewelry shall not be worn except for a wedding band and/or a medical alert necklace or bracelet. A religious medallion which is not visible is permitted. A watch is permitted only when an official has a duty for timing during the contest. Emblems and patches are not permitted on the officiating uniform. EXCEPTION: An American flag patch/emblem is optional. If worn, the flag should be on the left chest 1 above the top of the pocket. Effective 2014. The flag shall be on the left sleeve approximately 2 below the shoulder. All officials must use a black plastic whistle. EXCEPTION: During October regular season games, pink whistles may be used if all crew members use them.
     Penalty - Fine not to exceed $100.

Gymnastics

OHSAA red sweater with a white shirt and blue or black dress pants. Emblems and patches are not permitted on the officiating uniform. EXCEPTION: An American flag may be worn appropriately. The Official NAWGJ Judges Uniform may also be worn.
     Penalty - Fine not to exceed $100.

Ice Hockey

On-ice officials shall wear black slacks, black and white alternating vertically striped shirts, skates with black shoes. No jewelry or watch may be worn except wedding band, medical ID or religious medal. Emblems and patches are not permitted on the officiating uniform. OHSAA insignia are permitted on the uniform. Black ice hockey helmet with a half shield which needs HECC certification at time of manufacture. EXCEPTION: An American flag may be worn appropriately.
     Penalty - Fine not to exceed $100.

Soccer

The OHSAA soccer officials uniform is the gold/black pinstriped jersey, either long or short sleeved, with all game officials wearing the same style jersey. Black shorts, socks and shoes are required. Officials may wear either the red/black pinstriped jersey or black/white pinstriped jersey when they determine the gold does not contrast with a team's uniform. The OHSAA soccer officials patch shall be worn on the left breast pocket. Jewelry may not be worn except for a medical ID, wedding band and watch. Emblems and patches are not permitted on the officiating uniform. EXCEPTION: An American flag may be worn appropriately and USSF logo on black shorts.
     Penalty - Fine not to exceed $100.

Softball

The approved uniform for interscholastic softball umpires is gray pants (either Heather Gray or Charcoal Gray for the regular season, sectional or district games. For Regional and State games, Charcoal Gray pants are to be worn by all members of the crew) with an MLU navy shirt with the OHSAA embroidered logo on the right breast. Undershirts or t-shirts shall be red. When needed, a navy blue jacket or coat shall be worn. Official OHSAA logo umpire apparel shall be purchased at one of the authorized dealers listed above. All umpires on a crew must be dressed alike. Navy caps with OHSAA embroidered in block letters on the crown must be worn and shall be purchased from one of the authorized dealers listed above. Emblems and patches are not permitted on the officiating uniform. EXCEPTION: An American flag may be worn appropriately. Jewelry may not be worn except wedding band, medical ID, or religious medal.
     Penalty - Fine not to exceed $100.

Swimming and Diving

The officiating uniform for swimming and diving officials shall be a white shirt or blouse, blue slacks or shorts, white shoes and socks. No denim is allowed. No watch except those used in timing or jewelry except wedding band, medical ID or religious medal may be worn. Emblems, patches and numbers are not permitted on the officiating uniform. EXCEPTION: An American flag may be worn appropriately.
     Penalty - Fine not to exceed $100.

Track and Field

Black, unadorned officiating slacks/shorts/skirt (no jogging suits or denims), plain, white polo shirt with the OHSAA logo on the right chest (3" x 3"), optional US Flag on the right sleeve, and on the left sleeve "OHSAA Registered Track and Field Official" in black letters. The shirt may be with or without a pocket on the left chest.

When a jacket is worn, it shall be black and unadorned except for the official OHSAA logo on the left side (the local association name may be on the right side) and the US Flag may be placed on the right sleeve, 4" down from the shoulder. The black jacket will be required in 2012.

Note: The official OHSAA Track and Field Official's shirt and jacket MUST be purchased from an OHSAA authorized dealer.

Volleyball

The officiating uniform for volleyball officials is a white long or short-sleeved dress shirt with an OHSAA embroidered logo (available from one of the authorized dealers listed above), black skirt or black shorts with a minimum 4" inseam, or black culottes or black dress slacks, black belt (if used) and white shoes. When needed, an all white cardigan or v-neck sweater is permissible. Beginning in the 2014 season, the only permissible sweater will be one sold by an OHSAA Authorized vendor. It is not permissible to wear a long sleeve garment under the short sleeve shirt. No watch or jewelry may be worn except timing device, wedding band, medical ID or religious medal. Emblems and patches are not permitted on the officiating uniform. EXCEPTION: An American flag may be worn appropriately.
     Penalty - Fine not to exceed $100.

Wrestling

The officiating uniform for wrestling officials in OHSAA matches is the black and white vertically striped short sleeve knit shirt, black full length trousers, black socks, black officiating shoes and black belt. The "warm-up" jacket shall be black with the OWOA logo embroidered on the left chest. Emblems and patches are not permitted on the officiating uniform. EXCEPTION: An American flag may be worn appropriately. No jewelry may be worn except wedding band, medical ID, religious medal or a timing device.
     Penalty - Fine not to exceed $100.

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OHSAA Officiating Calendar

Annual Permit Renewal Period: June 1-30

Renewal Deadline with $50 Late Fee

     Fall Sports: July 31

     Winter Sports: Oct. 31

     Spring Sports: Jan. 31

Change Classification

Football, Volleyball, Soccer

     Application Period: Nov. 1-15

     Testing Available: Nov. 15-30

Basketball, Wrestling

     Application Period: March 1-15

     Testing Available: March 15-30

Baseball, Softball

     Application Period: April 20-May 5

     Testing Available: May 5-20

New Applications

Fall Sports

     New Application Deadline: July 15

     Examination Dates: July 15-Aug. 15

Winter Sports

     New Application Deadline: Oct. 15

     Examination Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 15

Spring Sports

     New Application Deadline: Jan. 15

     Examination Dates: Jan. 15-Feb. 15