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Officials Awards

Officials play a vital role in the Minnesota State High School League’s activities. They spend countless hours traveling to activities around the state and use their expertise to educate student-athletes on the rules on the game. We simply could not play without them.

The League honors officials and their associations with three awards. The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies leadership and service to their association and who has made a difference through long-time service and commitment.

Two awards acknowledge the contributions that officials’ associations make in areas such as training, recruiting, and mentoring new officials. The Association Award of Excellence recognizes one association for the overall quality of their association and the service that they provide to member schools. The Citation Award honors an association for a specific program that they have enacted which has made a significant impact on the association, member schools, student-athletes, or the communities that they serve.

 


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

This award is designed to recognize and reward those individuals who go above and beyond in service to their association. This does not require, but could involve service to the MSHSL. This award is not based on the person’s ability or skill as an official, but is dependent upon the leadership and service provided. This award should go to officials who have made a difference in an association through long term service and commitment.


ASSOCIATION AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

This award is designed to recognize and reward one association for the overall quality of their association and the service that they provide to MSHSL member schools. Associations who would qualify for this award would have programs in most if not all of the following: Training, Recruiting, Mentoring, Retaining, Service to Schools and/or Conferences; Sportsmanship, Community Service or other special programs.

  • Criteria for the Award: To qualify for this award the Association must currently be a MSHSL Charter/Legacy Officials Association

CITATION AWARD 

This award is designed to recognize and reward associations for a specific program that they have enacted which has had a significant impact on the Association or the schools, student athletes, or communities that they serve. The program could be a new and innovative program, or one that the Association has been involved with for a longer period of time. Programs could involve one or more of the following: Training, Recruiting, Retaining, Mentoring, or other programs which impact the administration of the Association and/or the customers that they serve.

  • Criteria for the Award: To qualify for this award the Association must currently be a MSHSL Charter/Legacy Officials Association