Become a High School Football Official

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

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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

GHSA On-Line Rules Clinic & Exam for 2019-2020

GHSA Football Post Season Clinic for Officials October 1 - October 14, 2019.

Duration (Approximate): 20 Minutes Deadline to Receive Credit: Monday, October 14, 2019 (11:59PM ET)

In order to receive credit for GHSA Football Post Season Clinic for Officials, you must navigate to learn.ghsa.net, and register on this site. This registration is a one-time process - available clinics can be viewed once this is completed. Once you complete a clinic, you will be able to verify that you have received credit and be able to download a certificate showing clinic completion.


The online rules clinic for Football is scheduled for July 26 - August 16, 2019.

In order to receive credit for GHSA online rules clinics, you must navigate to learn.ghsa.net, and register on this site. This registration is a one-time process - available clinics can be viewed once this is completed. Once you complete a clinic, you will be able to verify that you have received credit and be able to download a certificate showing clinic completion.


The On-Line Rules Exam dates are August 2 - August 16, 2019.

The site for the exam is:  exam.ghsa.net

You will login to the exam site using your last name and the last five (5) digits of your Social Security Number. GHSA is using the information given to them by our association secretary, so if you have problems logging into the site, please ask your secretary how your name and last five (5) digits were given to us for registration. Only currently registered officials will be able to take the test.

Please try to take the test as early in the time frame as possible. If you attempt to take the test near the deadline, you must start the test with enough time to finish before midnight on the examination deadline. After the deadline has passed, you will be unable to answer any further questions and the test will be scored at that point.

Warning - You cannot log out of the testing system and then log back in later in order to try to suspend the test timer - the timer does not stop during that time. Please ensure that you have enough time to complete the test before starting.

2019 GAOA "Officiate Georgia Day Conference"

GAOA’s 2019 Officiate Georgia Day Conference (OGAD) is taking place Saturday July 13th at Campbell high School, Smyrna, Georgia 30080.

Register for GAOA’s 2019 OGAD conference today at GAAthleticOfficials.org.

One of the most important opportunities OGAD affords us each year is the chance for member officials to make their voices heard in our sport-specific breakout sessions. These sessions provide officials an opportunity to discuss with peers which policies and procedures are going well and which ones need to be tweaked to improve conditions for officials in Georgia. It is the direct means by which GAOA’s member officials provide an organizational mandate to amplify your thoughts and concerns regarding your careers and experiences as officials.

Amoung the speakers this year is Jerome Boger, NFL Referee 2013 Super Bowl

Jerome Boger

GAOA hopes to hear from all of you in person during these important sessions so that your voices can be registered and reflected towards your best interests as officials. Our ability to represent your best interests is directly affected by your direct and vocal participation in OGAD and its sport-specific break-out sessions.

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 CorkyKellClassic.com 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: https://footballtraining.wufoo.com/forms/z7avhvh09w7qjk/

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: https://footballtraining.wufoo.com/forms/pezt8wr18ti43s/

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:  footballtraining@comcast.net

2019 NFHS Football Rule Changes

**As of February 11, 2019

BY STATE ASSOCIATION ADOPTION, USE OF VIDEO REVIEW ALLOWED FOR STATE POST-SEASON CONTESTS [1-3-7 NOTE (NEW), TABLE 1-7 – 1-3-7 NOTE (NEW)]
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.

IMPROVED VISIBILITY OF NUMBERS [1-5-1c, 1-5-1c(6) (NEW)]
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.

REDEFINED REQUIREMENTS FOR A LEGAL SCRIMMAGE FORMATION [2-14-1, 7-2-5a]
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.

PROHIBITION ON TRIPPING THE RUNNER [2-45, 9-4-3o (NEW), 9-4-3o PENALTY (NEW)]
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.

HORSE-COLLAR TACKLE ADDITION [9-4-3k]
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

EDITORIAL CHANGES
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,

2019 POINTS OF EMPHASIS

  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

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