Become an Official

The schools of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) are looking for someone like you to become licensed as a sports official, referee, umpire or starter. More than 200,000 high school students compete in 27 different IHSA state series. They can’t play games without officials and it can be you making the call that counts. Both men and women are needed today. It’s easy to become licensed.

List of high school sports that require officials:

  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming/Diving
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

For more information and general questions visit How to Become a Licensed IHSA Official on the Illinois High School Association website or they can be reached by telephone at 309-663-6377.

You can also email the IACO Recruitment Chairperson at recruitment [at] iaco-official [dot] org and they will answer any questions you may have.

We’ll see you on the field!