Accept The Challenge

The challenge of officiating can provide some great personal rewards. As an official you must make instantaneous decisions, resolve conflicts and deal with stress and pressure. You are in a position to be a positive role model around children and young adults.

Sports officials must be able to bring control to chaos; understand fairness; promote safety and encourage good sportsmanship. A sports official must have the positive characteristics of a police officer, lawyer, judge, accountant, reporter, athlete and diplomat. If you are ready to start enjoying officiating, contact the WIAA office at or call (715) 344-8580.

Treat officiating like a business

Approach your officiating like a business because it is. You are an independent contractor and as such you have responsibilities and obligations. It’s no different than, say, a school that hires an independent contractor to paint the gym. If the painter doesn’t handle things professionally, the painter is not re-hired for another project.

Commissioners respect those that handle the delicate art of accepting and turning back games honestly and professionally. Commissioners often talk to each other and even interact with the college assignors. We want you to succeed as an official and want you to achieve any officiating goals you have. Help your officiating business by taking care of things the right way.

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News and Updates

2016-17 Winter Exams and Videos

Basketball Part 1, Gymnastics, Hockey and Wrestling Part 1 exams are available to complete.

All winter sports rules videos will be available by September 26.

2016-17 Winter Rules Books

Gymnastics rules books were mailed to officials on September 12, 2016.  

Hockey rules books were mailed to officials on September 13, 2016.

Wrestling rules books were mailed to officials on September 14, 2016.

Basketball rules books were mailed to officials on September 27, 2016. 

These mailings are presorts so it may take up to 14 days to arrive.

2016-17 Fall Sports Exams and Video
All fall sports exams and videos are now available to complete.

Licensing Information
Official's licensing applications for the 2016-17 school year will be available May 2, 2016.  

When renewing your license for the 2016-17 school year, please submit your application and payment prior to the June 3 deadline date.  If submitted after June 3, you will be charged a $30 late fee.

Entering Schedule
A few reminders for officials when entering varsity schedules into your profile information:
1.  Only enter varsity schedules (non-varsity events cannot be entered).
2.  Scheduled events should be entered before the contest takes place so that coaches are able to rank you on a timely basis.
3.  If it is a multi-school event, do not guess what teams are participating based on prior participants.  If you do not know all the teams at the time you receive your contract, you can still enter the event but please go back in and add the participating teams within 36 hours after the event.

2016-17 Officials' Exams/Video Viewing Deadlines


Swimming & Diving August 17, 2016 
Football August 18, 2016 
Volleyball August 23, 2016 
Cross Country August 23, 2016 
Soccer August 23, 2016 
Basketball               November 15, 2016
Hockey November 18, 2016
Wrestling November 25, 2016 
Gymnastics December 1, 2016
Track & Field March 14, 2017 (available early February)
Softball March 21, 2017(available early February)
Baseball March 28, 2017 (available early February)

PART II EXAMS (exam cannot be placed on website any sooner then date indicated below):

Soccer August 15, 2016 September 13, 2016
Football August 15, 2016 September 13, 2016
Basketball November 28, 2016   December 26, 2016
Wrestling November 28, 2016     December 26, 2016
Baseball March 20, 2017 April 17, 2017

W-9 Forms Required by Officials
Officials are required to have on file a W9 form with all schools they are contracted to officiate at.  It’s the law.  When asked to complete this form please comply with the request of the school business office.  If you do not comply, payment may be withheld or delayed.  In discussions WIAA Executive Director Dave Anderson has had with Mr. Woody Wiedenhoeft, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials, Mr. Wiedenhoeft stated “the official is breaking the law” by not submitting a W9 upon request.

Approved Camps and Clinics

NOTE:    Clinic participation does NOT exempt official from sport meeting requirements. ALL criteria for advanced classification must be met.  See Page 4 of the Guide for Officials (found on the Officials Center) for details regarding classification advancement requirements.


Refund Policy

WIAA Refund Policy
No refunds or exchanges are provided for tickets, officials’ licensing, registration fees or merchandise purchases once the order has been processed.

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Wisconsin Interscholastic
Athletic Association
5516 Vern Holmes Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54482-8833
Phone (715) 344-8580
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