Friday, November 4, 2016

The Recruitment of Officials Challenge

I’m challenging all Athletic Directors and all registered officials to help out in the recruitment of new officials.  We all need to do our little part, so that we can increase the pool of officials in Iowa and surrounding states.  It will help all of us as we move forward.  There aren’t any special prizes or awards, just the satisfaction of knowing that we are doing our part to help solve a problem!

The challenge is for every Athletic Director and every registered official in Iowa to recruit just one person to become a registered official with the IHSAA or IGHSAU by April 30, 2017.  If we accomplish that task over the next 6 months, we’ll double our workforce and then we will face the challenge of keeping the new officials registered and working games.  Please accept this challenge and go out and recruit one new person to register to become an officialLinked here is a document you can print or share with your prospective official.

This new recruit might be a student in your school, it might be a neighbor down the street, it might be a fan in the bleachers.  Think about someone who can interpret and apply rules, has poise and strong communication skills, enjoys athletics and working with young people, and wants to be physically active.  If you know such a person, consider asking them to register to become an official.

Take the challenge and help recruit an official.  If you are successful, please email me ( the name of the new official you have recruited.  I’d like to recognize our ADs and officials who got the job done!

Benton Community Activities Director Rob Arnold shares "We have a lot of lower level activities that we could use officials for.  This is a great way to stay connected to our youth and help out in a much needed area.  If anyone has questions or interest feel free to contact me at 319-228-8701 ext. 352." 

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