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.


2013-14 NEWS AND UPDATES

OFFICIALS ADVISORY COMMITTEE OPENINGS
Openings for 2014-15 on the Officials Advisory Committee will exist in the sports of football, hockey, swimming & diving, track & field and wrestling. Interested officials need to submit a letter of interest along with officiating background information by March 14, 2014 to Joan Gralla at the WIAA to receive consideration for one of these openings.  The positions are 3-year commitments and require the official to attend one meeting annually at the WIAA office.  This meeting is held the Wednesday after Thanksgiving. If you have any questions concerning the Officials Advisory Committee, please contact Joan.


2013-14 SPRING SPORTS RULES BOOK MAILINGS

Track & Field rules books were mailed 1/22/14
Softball rules books were mailed 1/24/14
Baseball rules books were mailed 1/31/14
Note:  Rules books are mailed as a presort.  Therefore, it can take up to 10 days, from the date of mailing, for these mailings to reach 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.

RECIPROCITY AND HIGH SCHOOL AGED OFFICIALS LICENSING INFORMATION
Officials that have a reciprocity license in Wisconsin will not be able to license online.  Reciprocity officials will need to print the reciprocity application from our website and mail it to our office with payment and documentation that they are licensed in their home state.  High school students will not be able to register online.  They will need to print the application from our website, fill in the required information, have it signed by their athletic director and mail it to our office.  High school students are not charged any fees.  2013-14 licensing applications are available.

LICENSING APPLICATIONS
For the 2013-14 school year officials will be able to submit their licensing application online and make payment with a credit card.  Online licensing application for 2013-14 is now available.  The deadline to submit the 2013-14 licensing application is July 5, 2013.  The WIAA will not be sending out re-licensing applications to officials as we have in the past.  If you choose not to re-license online, you will be able to print out the licensing application and mail it to our office with a check. 

TOURNAMENT GAME FEE INCREASES
The Board approved a staff recommendation to increase tournament game fees for officials effective in the fall of 2013.  A $10 increase will be issued to officials working regional and sectional events, and State Tournament fees will be upped $15. The game fee for goal judges in hockey and line judges in volleyball will receive a $5 boost. In addition, consideration of an adjustment in game fees will be given to officials for individual tournaments based on the nature of the events. The fee increases place payments more in-line with what conferences are currently compensating officials.

LICENSING FEE INCREASES
An increase in officials’ licensing fees and dues will coincide with the tournament game fee increases. The base fee of $20 will be increased to $35, and the $10 per sport fee will be increased to $15. The late registration fee will also be raised from $20 to $30. The licensing costs remain lower than all bordering states and will be the first increase in officials’ licensing dues and fees since 2004.

Approved Camps & 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.

3-ZEBRAS 3-PERSON BASKETBALL OFFICIATING CAMP
Date:  May 17-18, 2014
Site:  Just a Game Fieldhouse, Wisconsin Dells
Contact:  Brian Kenney 608-448-9034 or briankenney98@yahoo.com

STATELINE SUMMER SCHOOL BASKETBALL CAMP
Date:  June 19-20, 2014
Site:  Monona Grove High School
Contact:  Mike Pfeil  mspfeil@charter.net

NORTHERN WISCONSIN BASKETBALL OFFICIATING CAMP
Date:  June 20-22, 2014
Site:  UW-River Falls
Contact:  Tom Fiedler fiedleth@uwec.edu

WISCONSIN BASKETBALL YEARBOOK OFFICIALS CAMP
Date:  June 20-22, 2014
Site:  Kaukauna High School
Contact:  Tom Rusch rusch@lutheranhigh.com

WI HIGH SCHOOL 3-PERSON BASKETBALL OFFICIALS CAMP
Date:  June 21-22, 2014
Site:  De Pere High School
Contact:  www.wirefcamp.weebly.com

ARROWHEAD OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION SOFTBALL UMPIRES CLINIC
Date:  June 27 & 28, 2014
Site:  Rice Lake
Contact:  Kevin Hanusa 715-790-6080

THE RIGHT CALLS GIVING BACK BASKETBALL OFFICIALS CAMP
Date:  July 11-13, 2014
Site:  Madison College (MATC)
Contact:  Ralph Sirmons rsirmons2@charter.net or 608-217-4735

AHOA 3-PERSON BASKETBALL OFFICIALS CAMP
Date:  July 12, 2014
Site:  Rice Lake
Contact:  Kevin Hanusa  kevinhanusa77@gmail.com

STEP AHEAD BASKETBALL OFFICIALS CAMP
Date:  July 18-20, 2014
Site:  UW-Stevens Point
Contact:  Jack Fleming fleming9@aol.com

BASKETBALL REFEREE BOOT CAMP
Date:  July 24-26, 2014
Site:  Brookfield Central and Waukesha West High Schools
Contact:  Michelle Walters 414-475-8101 or michelle@milwaukeerecreation.net

CWOA BASKETBALL OFFICIALS TRAINING CLINIC
Date:  July 25-27, 2014
Site:  Medford High School
Contact:  Paul Jaglinski 715-781-6202 or pjags44@frontier.com

SOUTHERN WISCONSIN OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLINIC
Date:  August 8-9, 2014
Site:  Madison (area schools)
Contact:  Rich Fronheiser  rich@fronheiser.net

DIVING CLINIC FOR SWIM OFFICIALS
Date:  August 11, 2014
Site:  Neenah High School - 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Contact:  Chuck Heidner 920-469-6923 or murphyheidner@aol.com

MEET MECHANICS CLINIC FOR SWIM OFFICIALS
Date:  August 16, 2014
Site:  Ashwaubenon High School Pool - 10 p.m. to 12 noon
Contact:  Chuck Heidner 920-469-6923 or murphyheidner@aol.com

UP NORTH OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION VOLLEYBALL CLINIC
Date:  August 16, 2014
Site:  Wausau West
Contact:  Heidi Fink fivefinks@frontier.com


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.


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