Become an Official

It’s easy to become an MHSAA Registered Official. Please follow the steps below.

Register for your chosen sport(s) with the MHSAA at You will be given detailed registration instructions and can complete your registration in a matter of minutes.

Once registered, you will receive an Officials ID Number and Login information and Sports Rules Books from the MHSAA. New Officials must take an MHSAA Officials Guidebook Exam and complete a Mechanics Exam if registering for football and/or basketball. The Exams are open-book and may be taken online. These exams may be accessed by logging in to My MHSAA Officials Services using the Login tab found in the upper right corner on any page of the MHSAA Website.

The next step is to notify and join a local association, such as the USA Officials Association, which has membership for officials in eight sports: basketball (boys’ and girls’), football, volleyball, wrestling, softball, baseball and lacrosse. The MHSAA maintains a list of approved associations in the sport and area of interest to you.

Note: If you are under the age of 18, please visit the Legacy Student Officials Program page. If you live outside of Michigan and wish to work games in our state, please consult the Reciprocal Official Information. Both Legacy and Reciprocal officials must register by mail.

Are you interested in becoming an official or joining our association? The USAOA provides rules meetings, clinics and other learning opportunities for officials in seven sports: basketball (boys’ and girls’), volleyball, football, wrestling, softball, and baseball. This is your opportunity to get together with like-minded individuals, who enjoy working with high school athletes and making the athletic competitions fair and fun.

PO Box 291, Allendale, Michigan 49401