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Official's Background Checks
All individuals applying for an officiating license for the 2018-19 school year will be required to have a background check again. Once you submit your 2018-19 licensing application, you will receive an email from the WIAA with the link to the background check authorization form that you will need to complete online. This is the same process that was used for the first background check.

Spring Sports Rules Book Mailing

2018 Track & Field rules books were mailed to officials on January 24, 2018.  These rules books are sent as a presort so they could take up to 10 days to reach you. The exam and video will be available early February.

NFHS Wrestling Training Video Now Available

The sport of wrestling goes back tens of thousands of years, but the value of the sport today depends greatly on interpretation, so a referee’s judgment must be based on proper knowledge of the rules and their implementation. The NFHS has developed a course is designed to help you, as a wrestling official, understand the rules and their application. Your ability to properly apply these rules will create confidence in yourself and those who rely on you to officiate this sport.  Click here for more information regarding a new wrestling official’s training video available through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)  Officiating Wrestling

Offer From the Milwaukee Bucks Click here to see details.

Rules Book Mailings
2017-18 basketball rules books were mailed September 18, 2017. Sent as a pre-sort and could take up to 10 days to reach you.
2017-18 hockey rules books were mailed September 19, 2017. Sent as a pre-sort and could take up to 10 days to reach you.
2017-18 gymnastics rules books were mailed September 20, 2017. Sent as a pre-sort and could take up to 10 days to reach you. Because this is not a new book for officials, this was only sent to newly licensed officials for this school year.
2017-18 wrestling rules books were mailed September 21, 2017.  Sent as a pre-sort and could take up to 10 days to reach you.

2017-18 Officials Licensing Information
Official's online licensing for the 2017-18 school year is now available. When renewing your license for the 2017-18 school year, please submit your application and payment prior to the June 2, 2017 deadline.  If submitted after June 2, 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.  In 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.

2017-18 Officials' Exams/Video Viewing Deadlines
Swimming & Diving August 16, 2017
Football August 17, 2017 
Volleyball August 22, 2017 
Cross Country August 22, 2017
Soccer August 22, 2017
Basketball               November 14, 2017
Hockey November 17, 2017
Wrestling November 24, 2017 
Gymnastics November 30, 2017
Track & Field March 13, 2018 
Softball March 20, 2018
Baseball March 28, 2018

PART II EXAMS (exam cannot be placed on website any sooner then date indicated below):
Football    August 14, 2017    September 12, 2017
Soccer   August 18, 2017   September 16, 2017 
Basketball November 27, 2017  December 27, 2017
Wrestling   November 27, 2017 December 27, 2017
Baseball   March 19, 2018 April 16, 2018

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 requirement.

Date:   February 24, 2018
Site:  Union Grove High School
Contact:  Michael Sacotte

Date:   March 17, 2018 - 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Site:  Mauston High School
Contact:  Wayne Hannes 608-843-5566

Date:   March 24, 2018 - 2 p.m.
Site:  GRB Academy - 6385 N. Towne Rd., Windsor, WI  
Contact:  Michael Pfeil
Click here for a copy of the clinic brochure

Date:   June 8, 9, 10, 2018
Site:  Madison College, Madison
Contact:  Ralph Sirmons, Sr or 608-217-4735

Date:   June 15-16, 2018
Site:  Bay Port & De Pere High Schools
Camp Information:
Contact:  Lee Kornaus


Date:   June 14-15, 2018
Site:  Monona Grove High School
Camp Information and Registration Form - Click Here
Contact:  Michael Pfeil

Date:  June 17 & 18, 2018
Site:  Stoney Creek Inn (Rothschild) & D.C. Everest High School
Contact:  Justin Haupt

Date:  June 22, 23, 24, 2018
Site:  Kaukauna High School
Contact:  Tom Rusch

Date:  June 22, 23, 24, 2018
Site:  UW-River Falls
Cost:  $225
Contact:  Tom Fiedler 715-577-1244 or for registration information

Date:   August 18, 2018 - 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Site:  Sparta High School
Contact:  Wayne Hannes 608-843-5566

Date:  August 20, 2018 - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Site:  Onalaska, OMNI Center
Contact:  Brian Babiash

More Information

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WIAA 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 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.

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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