Every official for every sport at every level needs some degree of certification. The goal is to provide enough training and testing to provide a safe playing environment as well as a level playing field for both teams.
It doesn’t end there! Each year, leagues or governing bodies introduce new rules, new procedures, new points of emphasis and other protocols and topics.
Additionally, officials may have been away from the sport for a lengthy period of time and need some refresher training and testing. We refer to this as the Recertification process. Again, every official for every sport at every level needs some degree of recertification.
New AO’s – Certification requirements for the new AO is a combination of classroom training followed by a Certification Test. After successful completion of the Annual Certification Test, the new AO will undergo a short Mentoring Process. Total training time involved is 6 -8 hours. Each new AO will be mentored for two or three games with a qualified adult official until we are confident that the new AO can officiate a game by himself.
Returning AO’s Recertification requirements for the returning AO is a combination of classroom training and testing Total training time is four hours.