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Become an Official

Beginning Officials

Step 1: Create profile on DragonFly DragonFly MAX (dragonflyathletics.com)
Step 2: Register for and complete an officiating course
Step 3: Pass final exam with a 75% or better
Step 4: Complete Concussion Training

Previously Licensed Officials, Active Officials Living in a Contiguous State (Reciprocity), Experienced Officials Certified by Another Sport Association Officiating Program

Step 1: Create profile on DragonFly DragonFly MAX (dragonflyathletics.com)
  • Cost is $60 for the first sport and $30 for each subsequent sport
Step 2: Register for and complete a reciprocity course
  • Courses consist of the following:
    • OHSAA Handbook
    • Ohio Rule Modifications and Rule Updates
Step 3: Complete Concussion Training
Step 4: Attend four educational sessions
Step 5: Annual renewal of officiating permit

Inactive Officials Wanting to Return to Active Status

Step 1: Create profile on DragonFly DragonFly MAX (dragonflyathletics.com) or log in to your current DragonFly Profile
  • Cost is $60 for the first sport and $30 for each subsequent sport
Step 2: Register for and complete a reinstatement course
  • Courses consist of the following:
    • OHSAA Handbook
    • Ohio Rule Modifications and Rule Updates
    • Rules Exam
Step 3: Complete Concussion Training
Step 4: Attend four educational sessions
Step 5: Annual renewal of officiating permit

Permit Types and Classifications

Note: Only residents of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia may become an OHSAA licensed official.
 
Classification of Officials:
  • Class 1 – Eligible to officiate all levels. 
  • Class 2 – Eligible to officiate all levels of contests except varsity contests in football, basketball, baseball, softball, and the Referee position in volleyball.
  • Class 3 – Restricted to 7th, 8th and 9th grade.
Sports for Which Officiating Permits May be Issued:
  • Fall Sports
    • Field Hockey - Class 1
    • Football - Class 1, 2, 3
    • Soccer - Class 1, 2, 3 
    • Girls Volleyball - Class 1, 2, 3 
  • Winter Sports
    • Basketball - Class 1, 2, 3 
    • Girls Gymnastics - Class 1, 2 
    • Ice Hockey - Class 1 
    • Swimming and Diving - Class 1, 3 
    • Wrestling - Class 1, 2, 3
  • Spring Sports
    • Baseball Class - 1, 2, 3
    • Softball Class - 1, 2, 3 
    • Track and Field - Class 1, 3
    • Boys Lacrosse - Class 1, 2, 3
    • Girls Lacrosse - Class 1, 2, 3
    • Boys Volleyball - Class 1, 2, 3