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Contest officials are an integral part of VHSL athletic and academic activities programs.  The VHSL registers officials in the sports of baseball, basketball, cheer, field hockey, football, girls gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, track and field, volleyball and wrestling.  Officials for all League athletic contests must be mutually agreed upon by the faculty representatives of all schools concerned.  Administrative details of officials registration, classification and other regulations are included in the VHSL Official's Handbook, available on request.

Officials in Virginia are independent contractors.  Most athletics officiating in Virginia is "association based," meaning that most contracts for athletic officiating services are made between a school/district or region and a local officials association.  Officials associations elect or hire one or more individuals to work directly with the schools, assigning member officials to scheduled contests.  Given this situation, prospective officials must affiliate with a recognized officials association in order to work VHSL contests.

Though officials are independent contractors, the VHSL and/or local associations may establish qualifying criteria.

For more information on the VHSL's officiating program in athletics or academics, contact the VHSL office at (434) 977-8475.

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Exam and Clinic Schedule

"Free" Period $50.00 Late Fee $75.00 Late Fee $100.00 Late Fee

2014-15 Basketball Rules Clinic for Officials (Deadline Nov. 30)
2014-15 Gymnastics Rules Clinic for Officials (Deadline Nov. 30)
2014-15 Swim/Dive Rules Clinic for Officials (Deadline 1/31/15)
2014-15 Wrestling Make-up Rules Clinic for Officials

2014-15 Rules Exams (all sports)

2014-15 Wrestling Rules Clinic Schedule

The 2014-15 VHSL-required wrestling rules clinics will be conducted face-to-face by Mike Ingrao. Officials and coaches must meet the clinic requirement.  Please make your plans so that your travel to the clinic will be limited.

Tues. Oct. 7 7PM Westfield H.S. (Fairfax) Theater
Wed. Oct. 8 7PM Hanover H.S. (Richmond) Auditorium
Tues. Oct. 14 7PM Marion H.S. (Marion) Auditorium
Wed. Oct. 15 7PM Lord Botetourt H.S. (Daleville) Auditorium
Tues. Oct. 21 7PM Norview H.S. (Norfolk) Auditorium
Sat. Oct. 25 10AM VHSL Office Downstairs