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Welcome to the MSHSL Officials Program!
2018-2019 Registration is Now Open!

New Official:
Would you like to stay involved with sports? Do you want to provide a valuable service? Would you like to contribute to the education of today's youth?

Then become a sports official! Men and women of all ages are needed to officiate youth sports -at both the middle school and high school level. If you still love sports, have a "feel" for the game, and a basic knowledge of the rules you can be an official. To find out more about being an official, click here: Official's Brochure.

The information necessary to register as a MSHSL official is listed below. In order to work varsity events you must be a fully Registered official. To be fully registered you must complete the registration process, submit to a background check, complete a rules meeting online. (Alpine and Nordic skiing will continue in-person meetings) and pass the rules test. Officials are a valuable part of high school athletics – you are needed and MSHSL member schools value your services!



Please Note the Following:
  • Background checks will be conducted on officials: all officials will be required to go through this process. Officials will initiate the process online, with the actual check being conducted by an outside vendor. Select the link for specific information and instructions, along with a copy of the background check policy. There is not a separate charge for the background checks. Background Check Instructions.
  • Registration fees: The registration fee for one sport is $55. Additional sports can be added for $16. These fees continue to be well below most other states. Registration fees cover the cost of rule books, case books, pre-season guides, testing, rules meetings, liability insurance and excess medical insurance.
  • Free Training Clinics: will be held in Baseball, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling, – more will be added.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 years of age or a high school graduate to register as a MSHSL official.

Pre-Season Mailing: Approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the season you will receive a packet of materials, which will include a rule book, case book, pre-season guide, test and other pertinent information. You must complete all registration forms and pay your fee before your packet will be mailed.

Rules Meetings and Exams: You must complete an online rules meeting and pass the rules test annually (80%) to be a fully "Registered" official. All rules meetings will be completed online. After completing the rules meeting you will have access to the rules examination.

Note: Do Not submit your test until you have received your rule book. The rules test is open book, and you will need to use your rule book in order to pass the test.

Addresses, Phone Numbers, E-mail Addresses: must be kept up to date. The MSHSL is not responsible for late, lost or misdirected email. If you do not receive the registration email by May 15 of each year, it is your responsibility to notify us. Not receiving information will not excuse or waive the late fee.

Promotional Level Program
In 2012-2013 the Officials' Promotional Level program began. There is three levels for officials: Level I - can work regular season varsity games and first round section games in team sports; Level II - eligible to work any section events; Level III - eligible to work in the State Tournament. Officials who work more than one sport will have a different rating for each sport. New Officials will be placed at Level I when their basic registration requirements are met.

For more specific information select the link:   Advancement Program for Officials

Getting Games: The League office does not schedule regular season games. To get games you can either contact schools directly or join a local official’s association. All officials are encouraged to join an officials association. In addition to scheduling games, associations will provide training to all officials and mentoring to all new officials. Associations also provide the opportunity to develop friendships and camaraderie with other officials. Click here to see the list of Officials Associations then sort by sport to find an association in your area.

Contracts: Officials must contract for contests with member schools – either directly or through an Official’s Association. All officials are Independent Contractors.

MSHSL Officials Manual: is available on the web site, or you may contact the office to request a “hard copy.” You are responsible for all information contained in the manual. Incident report forms are “on-line.” Specific rules and policies for officials and insurance coverage information are included in the manual.

Camps & Training Opportunities: Training opportunities that we know of will be listed on the MSHSL web site -- in the "Officials’ Corner."

If you have questions or problems with registration, please contact the League office – 763-560-2262.


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