The Michigan High School Athletic Association is accepting registrations by mail and online for game officials for the 2012-13 school year, and has launched an effort aimed at recruiting new officials from this year’s high school senior class.
The MHSAA has provided each member high school with two complimentary officials registrations to be awarded to graduating seniors designated by their athletic directors as having the skills and interest in continuing their involvement in MHSAA athletics through officiating.
Those high school seniors will not have to pay registration fees for the next school year, and will receive assistance from MHSAA staff in connecting with local officials’ associations and training opportunities.
“Officiating is a great way to remain involved after these students’ playing careers have ended, and provides a variety of benefits for young people leaving high school – including opportunities to stay physically active and grow a professional network,” MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl said. “We always are looking for promising officials, and we’re excited about the potential to reach a number of outstanding candidates.”
For other new and returning officials, those who register online again will receive a $5 discount off their processing fees. A $12 fee is charged for each sport in which an official wishes to register, and the online processing fee is $30. Officials submitting registration forms by mail or on a walk-up basis will incur a $35 processing fee. Officials registered in 2011-12 will be assessed a late fee of $30 for registration after July 31. The processing fee includes liability insurance coverage of up to $1 million for officials while working contests involving MHSAA schools.
Online registration can be accessed by clicking “Officials” on the Home Page of the MHSAA Website (MHSAA.com). Forms also are available online that can be printed out and submitted by traditional mail or hand delivery to the MHSAA Office. More information about officials registration may be obtained by contacting the MHSAA at 1661 Ramblewood Drive, East Lansing, MI, 48823, by phone at (517) 332-5046 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is an officials' registration test, which is for first-time officials and officials who were not registered during the past school year. The test consists of 45 questions derived from the MHSAA Officials Guidebook, which also is available on the Officials page of the MHSAA Website. Additional 50-question exams must be taken by those registering for football or basketball for the first time or those who were not registered for those sports during the previous school year. Manuals for both sports also are available on the Officials page.
Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.
Below is this week's segment – Over the Back - Listen
Did you know there is no such thing as “over the back” in basketball? If two players are going for a rebound and the player behind another player is able to grab it over the top of the player in front – that’s not necessarily a foul. He or she did not go over the back.
The player behind another player may have committed a foul such as bumping the player in front, or pushing that player – gaining an advantage to grab the rebound – but that would be whistled for a push or grab. Not over the back.
A taller player or player who can jump higher grabbing a rebound is not a foul. It’s only a foul if they create an advantage by pushing, bumping, or any other kind of illegal contact while in the process of going for a rebound. Fans yell over the back all the time, but an official will never call a foul for going over the back.
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