Congratulations! If you want to become a youth sports official, you have come to the right place. We created the Trusted Officials on-line training program to give you the basics that you will need to get started. But let’s be honest, nobody becomes a quality official overnight. You will have to study and know the rules of play. You will also need to master mechanics, hand signals, positioning, and much more before you will become a quality official.
Successful completion of the Trusted Officials program is the first step toward a lifetime of very rewarding experiences. Being a youth sport official is a great way to give back to the sport that you love, stay in shape, and make a few bucks doing it!
Step 1: Complete the Trusted Officials training modules for your specific sport.
Step 2: Get in shape. It is not uncommon for youth officials to work multiple games on the same day. Don’t be that official who needs to take a breather half way through the first quarter!
Step 3: Looking professional is half the battle. Acquire your proper uniform and game gear. There are numerous on-line officials’ game gear retailers that can outfit you with whatever you need. Look sharp, be sharp!
Step 4: There are a lot of officiating options out there. Once you have completed the Trusted Officials program, it is highly recommended that you begin your officiating career by doing recreational league games. In that setting, there is much less pressure and you get the opportunity to hone your skills. You should offer your services to your local Parks and Recreation Department, Community Education Department, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, YWCA, and local youth sport Associations.
Step 5: Once you have gained enough experience and confidence, you can offer your services to youth travel leagues. In many states there are Officials Assigners who are charged with the duty of recruiting and assigning officials for league and tournament play. If you have problems locating an assigner for your area, give Trusted Officials a call (763-781-2220) or send us an e-mail at [email protected]. We’ll do what we can to hook you up with an assigner in your area.
There is a significant shortage of quality game officials, so with some hard work and hustle, you may find yourself doing high school and college games sooner than you think!