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Welcome to the BAOA

The buttons below are links to the following websites,,, and Dragonfly.  To view each website, just click on the associated button.

Mentors - Football George Kurilic  - Basketball Jeff Todd

If you are a newer official and would like some help on the field or the court please reach out to one of the mentors in the association. Their contact information can be found by clicking on the tab for their sport then clicking on the roster.

How to become a licensed OHSAA Football or Basketball Official


Step 1 - Take OHSAA Officiating Class - Register to use the online system at Once registered, complete/edit any profile and contact information and click Choose Sports to indicate which sport you are interested in. Click on the Official profile and Select a Course to review the information and register for a class.  The Bay Area Officials Association conduct classes for football each July and basketball each October.  Our instructors for each sport is listed on that sport's home page.  Please email the appropriate instructor for information on how to be invited to enroll in the BAOA class.

Step 2 -  Take Officiating Exam - The class concludes with the officiating exam. Applicants must receive a passing score of 75% on the mechanics and rules exams and pass the proficiency portion in order to be a licensed OHSAA official. Successful students may begin officiating interscholastic contests immediately.

Step 3 - Complete Concussion Training - Applicants must complete a course on concussion training, prior to officiating. You can get to the link by going to this address on the OHSAA website:


Step 4 - Receive Officiating Permit - Applicants with a passing score will receive their officiating permit in the mail within three weeks from their test date. If you do not receive your permit within this time frame, contact the OHSAA officiating department at 614-267-2502, ext. 110 or

Note: Applicants receiving a grade of 65% to 74% on the mechanics or rules exam may request a retest. Applicants who do not pass the subsequent officiating exam must wait one year to re-enroll in the officiating class and start the application process over.

Step 5 - Contact your local officiating association - Find a local association in your area

Step 6 - Annual Renewal of Permit - Renew your officiating permit annually in June for winter sports and September for winter sports.

Note: During the school year in which the official successfully completes the adult education class, all meeting requirements are waived.


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