Officials Registration Underway for 1999-2000 School
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --May 25, 1999
Contact: John Johnson or Mike Clifford 517.332.5046
EAST LANSING, Mich. - May 25 -- Individuals
interested in becoming a high school athletic game official for
the 1999-00 school year may now register with the Michigan High
School Athletic Association.
From now until July 1, Michigan's I 1,000-plus game officials
in 14 sports are urged to submit their application. The July
date is an important one, as it is the deadline for officials
who wish to be listed in the MHSAA's annual directory.
"We always encourage officials to register before July 1,
so they can be listed in the MHSAA Official's Directory,"
said Bill Bupp, MHSAA supervisor of officials. "That is
very beneficial for officials looking for work and schools looking
for officials. Officials listed in the directory are also more
visible candidates for approved association membership. Approved
association benefits are numerous, so we encourage officials
to either seek membership or be asked to join a local group well
before the new school year begins."
While early registration is heavily encouraged, Bupp added that
new officials are free to register with the MHSAA any time during
the year. MHSAA registration fees are among the lowest in the
nation. Seven dollars is charged for each sport an official wishes
to work, and the processing fee is $15. Officials registered
in 1998-99 will be assessed a late fee of $20 for registration
after July 1. The processing fee includes liability insurance
coverage of up to $1 million for officials while working MHSAA
The 1999-00 school year will be the eighth for the MHSAA's Legacy
Program, which allows high school seniors to become registered
officials with limited opportunities.
Under the Legacy program high school seniors, who are at least
17, are eligible to be registered for one year in any of Michigan's
14 sports and to officiate contests in grades seven and eight
while working with a mentor who is an approved official. Last
year, 42 high school seniors took part.
Student officials will benefit from a waiver of the standard
$15 processing fee. Registration of $7 per sport will be the
"Those individuals who have participated in the Legacy Program
as an official or a mentor have found it to be a very positive
experience, " said Bupp. "Becoming involved in officiating
at a younger age gives officials the opportunity to work more
during their prime physical years, and the program overall has
the potential to have a positive impact on the future of our
The officials' registration test is for first-time
officials and officials not registered in the past year. The
test consists of 65 questions derived from the MHSAA Officials
Guidebook, which may be used during the open book test.
"The guidebook is a good reference that can answer many
questions about the way the MHSAA operates," Bupp said.
"We implemented this test as a way of insuring familiarity
with the guidebook and to assure that new registrants are aware
of the policies, practices and protocols expected of MHSAA officials."
The number of registered officials in Michigan continues to average
above 11,000 annually, a stable figure at a time when other states
continue to struggle to recruit officials. Bupp hopes that the
current trend continues.
"We can attribute most of our success to the work existing
officials have put in to recruit new officials," Bupp said.
It's important that we do everything possible to encourage a
high standard of training through approved associations, MHSAA
camps and clinics, so we can provide the best possible officiating
for the competitions in which our young people participate."
More information about officials registration may be obtained
by contacting the MHSAA at 1661 Ramblewood Drive, East Lansing,
MI 48823. Telephone: 517/332-5046. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org