Officials needed for school sports in North Iowa
The North Iowa Officials Association (NIOA) is in need of people to officiate all sports from varsity to middle school level. The demand for sports officials far exceeds the supply. So, if you have ever thought about getting into sports officiating, at any level or sport, now is the time.
A person can officiate middle school sports and not be certified with the state. NIOA would put you with a certified official, to help with mentoring. This is very easy to do.
To work any level of high school sports, you must be certified with the proper state association. This involves a small fee, taking an online open book exam, and watching an online rules meeting. The NIOA is always available to help get this done.
LMCS athletic director, Jim Boehmer commented, “We are facing a crisis right now in middle school and high school athletics. An officials shortage is causing schools to cancel games, because we do not have enough certified officials to work every contest. When we have games in the winter and summer cancelled due to weather and we need to reschedule, we often can’t play on certain dates, because there are not officials available to work.”
If you are interested in becoming a sport official, no matter the sport, contact Ken Robbins, NIOA coordinator of officials (firstname.lastname@example.org), Scott Whitehill, NIOA assignor (email@example.com), or Craig Snider, NIOA assignor (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also visit the website for more information at northiowaofficialassociation.weebly.com.