Become a High School Football Official

Got plans after graduation? Want to stay connected to the game you’ve played since grade school?

We think you'd look good in stripes.

Becoming a licensed high school official is an easy call. Officiating allows you to continue being a role model by demonstrating qualities such as impartiality, fairness, and courage. High school officials help protect the integrity of the games we love by teaching and enforcing the rules of play. And as veteran officials are continuing to retire, new officials have an opportunity to make a difference in their communities right away.

Consider the many benefits of becoming a high school official:

  • Help teach and support the youth in your community
  • Continue to develop leadership skills
  • Give back to the sport that has given so much to you
  • Stay in good physical condition
  • Earn extra income
  • Help make sure your home state always hagh qualified officials

2019 Corky Kell 7 on 7 Tournament

June 14, 2019 | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Thirty-five of the top teams in the state will experience some of the best competition in Georgia in the Corky Kell 7 ON 7 Invitational Tournament and fans are invited to join us for the action! The Corky Kell 7 ON 7 Invitational is a prelude to the Metro by T-Mobile Corky Kell Classic. It will feature many of the teams already participating in the Classic with additional schools from the Metro Atlanta area. The event will be held in the City of Roswell at the Roswell Area Parks Football Complex located at 10495 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA 30075. The complex has three new football fields with ample parking and pavilion areas. Games in the morning will also be played at Blessed Trinity, Centennial High School and Alpharetta High School stadiums. The Metro by T-Mobile Corky Kell Classic is proud to sponsor this event and all games are open at no charge to the public. The afternoon games will be a 35-team single-game elimination tournament with the Championship game expected to be played at 4 p.m. There will be a full concession stand open for the afternoon games at Roswell Area Park. The games can also be followed at and by following the @CorkyKell twitter feed.

2019 Corky Kell Classic

The 2019 Metro by T-Mobile Corky Kell Classic marks the fourth year of the event’s three-day, nine-game lineup. The Corky Kell Classic will kick off the high school football season with a doubleheader on Thursday, August 22, for the first time at Rome’s Barron Stadium. Coolray Field will host the action on Friday, August 23, with a star-powered pair of games. To close out the 28th edition of the Classic, a five-game marathon at the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium will take place on Saturday, August 24.

2019 MetroPCS Corky Kell Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 22 at ROME's BARRON STADIUM

5:30 p.m. Calhoun vs. Ridgeland
8:30 p.m. Marietta vs. Rome

 Friday, Aug. 23, at COOLRAY FIELD

5:30 p.m. Tucker vs. Archer
8:30 p.m. Milton vs. Buford 

Saturday, Aug. 24, at MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM

9 a.m. Mays vs. Kell
11:45 a.m. Walton vs. Norcross
2:45 p.m. Colquitt County vs. North Gwinett
5:45 p.m. McEachern vs. Brookwood
8:45 p.m. East Coweta vs. Mill Creek

*Home Teams are on the right side

2019 GHSA Football Camps

VARSITY only Camp registration link:

Varsity Camp Dress is casual – but not sloppy.
Varsity camp $50.00

    • 07/12 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM OGAD – (VARSITY CAMP Only at Officiate GA Day) 
      Campbell High School, Smyrna, GA 30080

Playoff Camps registration link:

Dress for playoff camp – Officiating shorts and shoes, hat, tee shirt, flag and whistle. Tennis shoes for walking in the school.
Playoff camp $80.00

All camp times:
Registration starts at 1 hour before camp.
Camp 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

    • 06/22  8:30 AM - 3:00 PM - Westminster – ATL Metro
    • 06/29  8:30 AM - 3:00 PM - Cherokee County HS - Canton
    • 07/20  12:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Colquitt County HS
    • 08/03  8:30 AM - 3:00 PM - Clarke Central - Athens
    • 08/10  8:30 AM - 3:00 PM - Georgia Southern University (RAC Center)
    • 08/17  8:30 AM - 3:00 PM - GA Highlands – Cartersville

Camp Contact:

2019 NFHS Football Rule Changes

**As of February 11, 2019

Rationale: By state association adoption, instant replay may only be used during state postseason contests to review decisions by the on-field game officials. This adoption would allow state associations to develop protocols for use of video replay.

Rationale: The purpose of numbers on jerseys is to provide clear identification of players. In order to enhance the ability to easily identify players, the committee has clarified the size requirements for jersey numbers through the 2023 season. The committee also added a new requirement that, effective in the 2024 season, jersey numbers must be a single solid color that clearly contrasts with the body color of the jersey.

Rationale: A legal scrimmage formation now requires at least five offensive players on their line of scrimmage with no more than four backs. This change will make it easier to identify legal and illegal offensive formations.

Rationale: In an effort to decrease risk, tripping the runner is now prohibited. It is now a foul to intentionally use the lower leg or foot to obstruct a runner below the knees.

40-SECOND PLAY CLOCK [2-35-1, 3-6-1, 3-6-2a, 7-2-1]
Rationale: To have a more consistent time period between downs, the rules committee approved situations where 40 seconds will be placed on the play clock. The new rule defines when 40 seconds will be placed on the play clock and when 25 seconds will be placed on the play clock.

Rationale: Grabbing the name plate area of the jersey of the runner, directly below the back collar, and pulling the runner to the ground is now an illegal personal contact foul. ILLEGAL KICKING AND BATTING PENALTY REDUCED [9-7 PENALTY] Rationale: The penalty for illegally kicking or batting the ball was reduced from 15 yards to 10 yards. 2019

2-6-2d, 5-2-2, 5-2-4, 6-5-4, 7-2-5a, 8-5-2 EXCEPTION, 9-3-8 PENALTY, 10-4-2c EXCEPTION, 10-5-1j,


  1. Proper Procedures for Weather Delays
  2. Expanded Neutral Zone as it Applies to Run or Pass Options
  3. Free-Blocking Zone and Legal Blocking

Bob's Believers - ALS Atlanta Walk

Event: Atlanta Walk

Date: September 8, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center -
International Plaza
Registration opens at 8:30am,
and the Walk kicks off at 10:00am!

Please Support:Bob's Believers

To join the team or to donate by credit card, go to


We are walking and raising money in honor of our hero, Bob Hamby.  Bob was diagnosed with ALS earlier this year and our family is coming together to walk and raise money to defeat this disease that has struck the heart of our family.  Bob has committed his life to helping and selflessly giving to his family, friends, and community.  It's our turn to give back and help him in his time of need.    

Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS — it robs a person of the ability to walk, speak, eat, and eventually breathe. And what’s even worse is there is NO CURE!

Believe with us in Bob Hamby as our Family & Friends unite to raise awareness and money to try to save our fathers life.

2018 NFHS Football Rules Changes

By NFHS on February 08, 2018

1-5-4, 1-5-5, 3-5-10e (NEW) 3-6-2, 9-9: Improperly equipped player shall be replaced for at least one down.

Rationale: Prior to the game, the head coach is responsible for verifying that the players are legally equipped and will not use illegal equipment. The penalty for a player who is not properly equipped has changed from a distance penalty against the team to removal of that player for at least one down. The penalty provisions for any use of illegal equipment remain unchanged and result in an unsportsmanlike conduct foul charged to the head coach.

2-32-16a: Defenseless player provisions for passer clarified.

Rationale: The committee clarified that defenseless player provisions do not apply to a passer until a legal forward pass is thrown. The passer continues to be a defenseless player until the pass ends or the passer moves to participate in the play.

6-1-3b PENALTY, 6-1-4 PENALTY: Signal change for free kick infractions.

Rationale: The signal for free kick infractions, other than encroachment of the neutral zone, has been changed from signal 18 to signal 19.

6-1-9b (NEW), 6-1-9b PENALTY (NEW), 10-4-2 NOTE (NEW), 10-5-1j (NEW): New penalty option adopted for fouls by kicking team.

Rationale: In an effort to reduce re-kicks, further minimize risk and ensure that appropriate penalties are in place for all fouls, the committee has added an option for fouls committed by the kicking team during free and scrimmage kicks. The change would allow the receiving team all of the previous options as well as accepting the distance penalty at the end of the down.

SIX-PLAYER FOOTBALL (RULE 3): Length of time between periods revised.

Rationale: The timing rule between periods and intermission for six player football has been standardized to match the current NFHS 8-, 9- and 11-player football rules.




  1. Proper Wearing and Use of Required Equipment
  2. Blindside Blocks and Defenseless Player
  3. Application of Personal Fouls and Unsportsmanlike Conduct
  4. Time Management

Football Rules Changes - 2017

By NFHS on March 08, 2017

1-3-1h (NEW): Added that commercial advertising is not permitted on the ball.

Rationale: The ball cannot have commercial advertising added to the surface. The only permissible items on the ball are the ball manufacturer’s name and/or logo; school name, logo and/or mascot; conference name and/or logo; state association name and/or logos; and NFHS name and/or logos.

1-5-1b(3): Further clarifies that the jersey of the home team shall be a dark color clearly contrasting to the white jersey required for the visiting team. Rationale: Home game jersey specifications were further revised to provide schools and manufacturers additional clarification regarding the current trend of utilizing lighter gray shades. The implementation date of 2021 affords schools and manufacturers the opportunity to ensure that newer dark jerseys will clearly contrast with white. The requirement for contrasting colors to white is not a new rule, and this new clarification will allow changes to be made during normal replacement cycles.

1-5-1a(2) NOTE, 1-5-4: This change now permits any of the game officials to accompany the referee to meet with the head coachfor equipment verification. Rationale: Member state associations may determine the game official who is to accompany the referee during the required pre-game meeting with each head coach.

2-3-10 (NEW), 9-4-3n (NEW), 9-4 PENALTY: Added a new definition for a blindside block and specifies a penalty for an illegal blindside block.

Rationale: Continuing with the focus on risk minimization, the committee created a definition for a blindside block. This block involves contact by a blocker against an opponent who, because of physical positioning and focus of concentration, is vulnerable to injury. Unless initiated with open hands, it is a foul for excessive and unnecessary contact when the block is forceful and outside of the free-blocking zone.


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