Requirements for Officials


Listed below are the requirements for ALL officials. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.

More Information on Clinics, Camps, Workshops and Other Officials' Information.

• Early-bird registration deadline: July 1st
• Renewal registrations submitted after July 1st will pay an additional $20. 
• No registrations will be taken for sports after the date of the last rules clinic in that sport.
• All officials must have NDHSAA accounts with current email addresses. Communication and testing will be done through email to the address you have used for your NDHSAA account.
• Officials are not registered until fees have been received and processed by NDHSAA.
• Officials are not eligible to officiate until all fees are received and processed by NDHSAA.
• Registration fees must be paid within 30 days of registration.  After 30 days, registrations will be cancelled.
• Any NONREGISTERED official who officiates an NDHSAA contest may be declared ineligible.
• Any official who uses tobacco at the site of the contest or consumes alcohol the day of and prior to a contest shall be suspended.
• Any out-of-state official, who officiates a contest in North Dakota and does not have reciprocity, may be declared ineligible.
• North Dakota state law requires concussion management training every 2 years. 
• NDHSAA Officials must complete all requirements for officials within their sport(s) each year.
• Non-completion of all requirements will result in a drop of a level of certification in that sport.  Non-completion of all requirements two years in a row will result in a year of ineligibility in that sport.

• To register as an official through NDHSAA, you will need an NDHSAA account.

Log in to NDHSAA or set up an NDHSAA account 

• Officials must attend/complete an NDHSAA rules clinic and complete the rules exam each year. All officials registered in BAB, BB, FB, GYM, SB, VB MUST ATTEND a workshop annually for each sport in which they officiate. (See sport specific requirements below).

North Dakota State Law mandates completion of concussion management course every two years. Additional information on concussion managment training.

BASEBALL (3 Requirements)

  1. CLINIC: ALL officials must complete a NDHSAA online rules clinic each year. Clinics are completed by logging in to your NDHSAA account and clicking on the Clinics tab.
    • Rules Clinic Window:  March 5 – 26, 2018
  2. EXAM: ALL officials must take the online exam each year. Tests will be available through the NFHS Exam Site. Grading will be Pass/Fail. You must obtain 75% to pass.
    • The testing window is: April 3 – 12, 2018
  3. WORKSHOP: ALL officials must attend one officials workshop each year. Each site may conduct a “Make-Up” workshop by arrangement with the supervisor. Officials will have to pay a $20 fee to the supervisor to attend.

BASKETBALL (3 Requirements) - *** Day Camp Optional

  1. CLINIC: ALL officials must complete a NDHSAA online rules clinic each year. Clinics are completed by logging in to your NDHSAA account and clicking on the Clinics tab.
    • Rules Clinic Window: October 30 – November 20, 2017
  2. EXAM: ALL officials must take the online exam each year. Tests will be available through the NFHS Exam Site. Grading will be Pass/Fail. You must obtain 75% to pass.
    • The testing window is: November 28 – December 7, 2017
  3. WORKSHOP: ALL officials must attend one officials workshop each year. Each site may conduct a “Make-Up” workshop by arrangement with the supervisor. Officials will have to pay a $20 fee to the supervisor to attend.
  4. ***OPTIONAL ***
    • DAY CAMP: To be eligible to officiate region and state tournaments each basketball official MUST have officiated or have been a supervisor at a NDHSAA approved camp within the previous three years.

FOOTBALL (3 Requirements)

  1. CLINIC: ALL officials must complete a NDHSAA online rules clinic each year. Clinics are completed by logging in to your NDHSAA account and clicking on the Clinics tab.
    • Rules Clinic Window: July 31 – August 21, 2017
  2. EXAM: ALL officials must take the online exam each year. Tests will be available through the NFHS Exam Site. Grading will be Pass/Fail. You must obtain 75% to pass.
    • The testing window is: August 29 – September 7, 2017
  3. WORKSHOP: ALL officials must attend one officials workshop each year. Each site may conduct a “Make-Up” workshop by arrangement with the supervisor. Officials will have to pay a $20 fee to the supervisor to attend.

GYMNASTICS  (2 Requirements)

  1. CLINIC: ALL officials must complete a NDHSAA online rules clinic/workshop each year. Clinics are completed by logging in to your NDHSAA account and clicking on the Clinics tab.
    • Rules clinic window is: October 30 – November 20, 2017
  2. EXAM: ALL officials must take the online exam each year. Tests will be available through the NFHS Exam Site. Grading will be Pass/Fail. You must obtain 75% to pass.
    • The testing window is: November 28 – December 7, 2017

HOCKEY (2 Requirements)

  1. CLINIC: ALL officials must complete a NDHSAA online rules clinic each year. Clinics are completed by logging in to your NDHSAA account and clicking on the Clinics tab.
    • Rules clinic window is: October 30 – November 20, 2017
  2. EXAM: ALL officials must take the online exam each year. Tests will be available through the NFHS Exam Site. Grading will be Pass/Fail. You must obtain 75% to pass.
    • The testing window is: November 28 – December 7, 2017

SOCCER  (2 Requirements)

  1. CLINIC: ALL officials must complete a NDHSAA online rules clinic each year. Clinics are completed by logging in to your NDHSAA account and clicking on the Clinics tab.
    • Rules clinic window is: July 31 – August 21, 2017
  2. EXAM: ALL officials must take the online exam each year. Tests will be available through the NFHS Exam Site. Grading will be Pass/Fail. You must obtain 75% to pass.
    • The testing window is: August 29 – September 7, 2017

SOFTBALL (3 Requirements)

  1. CLINIC: ALL officials must complete a NDHSAA online rules clinic each year. Clinics are completed by logging in to your NDHSAA account and clicking on the Clinics tab.
    • Rules clinic window is: March 5 – 26, 2018
  2. EXAM: ALL officials must take the online exam each year. Tests will be available through the NFHS Exam Site. Grading will be Pass/Fail. You must obtain 75% to pass.
    • The testing window is: April 3- 12, 2018
  3. WORKSHOP: ALL officials must attend one officials workshop each year. Workshop schedules are on the NDHSAA website. Each site may conduct a “Make-Up” workshop by arrangement with the supervisor. Officials will have to pay a $20 fee to the supervisor to attend.

SWIMMING & DIVING  (2 Requirements)

  1. CLINIC: ALL officials must complete a NDHSAA online rules cliniceach year. Clinics are completed by logging in to your NDHSAA account and clicking on the Clinics tab.
    • Rules clinic window: July 31 – August 21, 2017
  2. EXAM: ALL officials must take the online exam each year. Tests will be available through the NFHS Exam Site. Grading will be Pass/Fail. You must obtain 75% to pass.
    • Testing window: August 29 – September 7, 2017

VOLLEYBALL (3 Requirements)

  1. CLINIC: ALL officials must complete a NDHSAA online rules clinic each year. Clinics are completed by logging in to your NDHSAA account and clicking on the Clinics tab.
    • Rules clinic window: July 31 – August 21, 2017
  2. EXAM: ALL officials must take the online exam each year. Tests will be available through the NFHS Exam Site. Grading will be Pass/Fail. You must obtain 75% to pass.
    • Testing window: August 29 – September 7, 2017
  3. WORKSHOP: ALL officials must attend one officials’ workshop each year. Workshop schedules are on the NDHSAA website. Each site may conduct a “Make-Up” workshop by arrangement with the supervisor. Officials will have to pay a $20 fee to the supervisor to attend.

WRESTLING (3 Requirements)

  1. CLINIC: ALL officials must complete a NDHSAA online rules clinic each year. Clinics are completed by logging in to your NDHSAA account and clicking on the Clinics tab.
    • Rules Clinic Window: October 30 – November 20, 2017
  2. EXAM: ALL officials must take the online exam each year. Tests will be available through the NFHS Exam Site. Grading will be Pass/Fail. You must obtain 75% to pass.
    • Testing window: November 28 – December 7, 2017
  3. WORKSHOP: ALL officials must attend one officials workshop each year. Workshop schedules are on the NDHSAA website. Each site may conduct a “Make-Up” workshop by arrangement with the supervisor. Officials will have to pay a $20 fee to the supervisor to attend.
Updated 07/20/2017