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Officiating 101


Without Officials, There Aren’t High School Sports.

Learn how we can work together to ensure the second classroom for generations

According to the NFHS, the number of registered high school officials has dropped 20% (from approximately 250,000 officials to 200,000) over the past three years. Many officials exiting the profession cite lack of support and lack of standardized training and expectations as primary reasons. 

In partnership with RefReps, the IHSAA and IHSAA Foundation are proud to present the Officiating 101 program to provide resources to combat this trend by growing the number of officials and prepare them for success through resources and early access to training materials.  

Implementing Officiating 101 in Your School

An approved course by the Indiana Department of Education, the Officiating 101 program presents students with an opportunity to develop communication, management and leadership skills while providing an avenue for employment during high school as well as post-secondary graduation.  This program is designed specifically for IHSAA member schools, providing resources and teachings to prepare our next generation of officials.

Schools who are participating in this program will receive digital officiating curriculum including:

  • Video interaction with explanation of rule/concept.
  • Video library arranged by sport and topic.
  • Curriculum of at least four sports per year (delivery is conducted in advance of the IHSAA season)

Once students have completed the course and accompanying exam, they are eligible to receive a Provisional Officials License once registered in myIHSAA. 

Make the Call

Interested schools should have their principal or athletic director reach out to Assistant Commissioner, Brian Lewis, at or (317) 846-6601, for next steps. 

Need Help With Funding?

Apply for Officiating 101 Grant

Principals and Athletic Directors from IHSAA member schools can reach out to IHSAA Foundation Director, Trip Lukemeyer, at or (317) 846-6601, to receive an application for the Officiating 101 Grant. 

Grant Details

All funding awarded to IHSAA member schools will be in the form of licenses through RefReps. Implementation and activation of licenses will be communicated once grant recipients have been selected and notified. Failure to utilize these licenses within a timely manner will result in forfeiture of the licenses. 

The Grant application is now open and submissions are reviewed throughout the year. 

Recruit More Officials

Donate directly to the Officiating 101 Program

Your donations will help grow the amount of funding available to member schools and increasing the resources for the next generation of officials. 

2023 Grant Recipients

Boonville High School

Boonville, IN

Concord High School

Elkhart, IN

Triton High School

Bourbon, IN

Mooresville Christian Academy

Mooresville, IN

Mount Vernon High School

Mt. Vernon, IN

Tell City High School

Tell City, IN

Tri High School

Straughn, IN

Westfield High School

Westfield, IN


Across every one of our sports, we are seeing a shortage of officials and we need to start figuring out how to be part of the solution... By offering this program and trying to get younger people involved, we felt it was vitally important. 

Dave Preheim

Athletic Director, Concord High School


Want to become an official?

Use the link below to register and learn about the benefits of officiating high school sports. 


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