Officials

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 info@wiaawi.org 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

2015-16 Officials' Exams/Video Viewing Deadlines

PART I EXAMS & VIDEOS

SPORT DUE DATE
Swimming & Diving August 19, 2015 (available mid-July)
Football August 20, 2015 (available mid-July)
Volleyball August 25, 2015 (available mid-July)
Cross Country August 25, 2015 (available mid-July)
Soccer August 25, 2015 (available mid-July)
Basketball               November 17, 2015 (available early October)
Hockey November 20, 2015 (available early October)
Wrestling November 27, 2015 (available early October)
Gymnastics December 3, 2015 (available early October)
Track & Field March 15, 2016 (available late January)
Softball March 22, 2016 (available late January)
Baseball March 29, 2016 (available late January)

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

SPORT AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE DUE DATE
Soccer August 17, 2015 September 15, 2015
Football August 17, 2015 September 15, 2015
Basketball November 30, 2015    December 28, 2015
Wrestling November 30, 2015     December 28, 2015
Baseball March 21, 2016 April 18, 2016

2015-16 Fall Sports Rules Books Mailings
The following mailings have been sent to fall sport officials.  Please allow up to 12 days for these mailings to reach you as they are sent as a presort:  Soccer mailed June 11, 2015     Volleyball mailed June 16, 2015     Football mailed June 19, 2015

2015-16 Officials Licensing Information
Licensing for the 2015-16 school year is now open.  Officials must complete the renewal process by June 5, 2015 in order to avoid paying the late fee.

New Ranking, Schedule and Availability Information for 2015-16
Beginning with the 2015-16 school year the WIAA will no longer be using the services of Athletix.  We are developing our own system to gather varsity schedules from officials, rank officials and obtain tournament availabilities. Athletix has been a great partner with the WIAA over the past year but we feel that it is time we bring these processes back in-house.

What this means for officials -- Officials will need to enter into our system on the WIAA website their varsity schedule.  Officials that are tournament eligible will complete tournament availabilities through the WIAA website.

What this means for coaches – Head coaches will go to the WIAA website to perform rankings of officials.

Complete details and instructions will be provided, prior to the start of the 2015-16 school year.

Please note that Athletix will still be available for officials regular season assigning purposes and other services for assignors and officials.  

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.

ARROWHEAD OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION 3-PERSON BASKETBALL OFFICIAL'S CAMP
Date:  July 11, 2015
Site:  Rice Lake High School
Contact:  Kevin Hanusa ahoarefs@gmail.com or  kevinhanusa77@gmail.com

THE RIGHT CALLS GIVING BACK BASKETBALL OFFICIAL'S CAMP
Date:  July 10-12, 2015
Site:  Madison College
Contact:  Ralph Sirmons rsirmons2@charter.net or 608-217-4735

NEXT STEP AHEAD BASKETBALL OFFICIAL'S CAMP
Date:  July 17-19, 2015
Site:  UW-Stevens Point
Contact: Jack Fleming 414-416-6884 fleming9@aol.com or Ken Schimpf 414-305-3059 schimpfiii@yahoo.com

2015 WISCONSIN BASKETBALL YEARBOOK OFFICIAL'S CAMP
Date:  July 17-19, 2015
Site:  Plymouth High School and Riverview Middle School
Contact:  Tom Rusch rusch@lutheranhigh.com

NFL OFFICIATING ACADEMY
Date:  July 25, 2015
Site:  Milwaukee Bradley Tech High School
Register at:  www.nflofficiating.com    Note:  The program will be capped at around 30 participants.
Click here for a copy of the flyer

QUAD COUNTIES OFFICIAL'S ASSOCIATION BASKETBALL CLINIC
Date:  July 25, 2015
Site:  Belmont High School
Contact:  Jerry Schewe schewe@centurytel.net

SOUTHERN WISCONSIN OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLINIC
Date:  August 7-8, 2015
Site:  Oregon High School
Contact:  Dave Jameson djameson255@gmail.com

ARROWHEAD OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLINIC
Date:  August 8, 2015
Site:  Rice Lake High School
Contact:  Kevin Hanusa kevinhanusa77@gmail.com

2015 VOLLEYBALL CLINIC
Date:  August 15, 2015
Site:  Wausau West Fieldhousel
Contact:  Heidi Fink fivefinks@frontier.com
Note:  This clinic is for L3 and above.  L1 and L2 are welcome to attend, but please be advised that basic officiating will not be discussed.

2015 VOLLEYBALL CLINIC
Date:  August 22, 2015
Site:  Reedsburg Area High School
Contact:  Tom Maenpaa  maenpaa@rucls.net 


2015 VOLLEYBALL CLINIC
Date:  August 22, 2015
Site:  Amery High School
Contact:  Nic Been nic.been@rfsd.k12.wi.us or 715-418-0821

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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Athletic Association
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