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

2018 GAOA "Officiate Georgia Day Conference"

GAOA’s 2018 Officiate Georgia Day Conference (OGAD) is less than four weeks away, taking place Friday and Saturday August 3rd and 4th at the Macon Marriott City Center Hotel, Macon, Georgia.

Register for GAOA’s 2018 OGAD conference today at

OGAD 2018’s theme is Get it Write, focusing on writing sound game reports to accurately represent situations that occur in games, as well as game-management techniques to improve game-flow.

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.

Some of the top issues that have been raised for discussion in this year’s break-out sessions are the impacts that mandatory, high-cost, camp attendance have on officials, officials’ perception of financial exploitation in the pursuit of furthering their careers, the high start-up cost imposed on potential new officials for uniforms and equipment, and the length of time between games worked and payments received.

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.

GHSA On-Line Rules Clinic & Exam for 2018-2019

The online rules clinic for Football is scheduled for July 27 - August 17, 2018.

In order to receive credit for GHSA online rules clinics, you must navigate to, 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 1 - August 15, 2018.

The site for the exam is:

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.

There is a time limit of 90 minutes to complete the test once you start. 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 - once you start the test you have 90 minutes from the start time in order to finish the test. 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.

2018 Corky Kell Classic

The 2018 MetroPCS Corky Kell Classic marks the third year of the event’s three-day, nine-game lineup. Barron Stadium in Rome will play host to its first-ever Corky Kell games, replacing Mercer University, which hosted contests the past two seasons. Two games on Thursday, Aug. 16 will take place at Barron Stadium. Georgia State Stadium will play host again to a pair of games on Friday, Aug. 17 while the Saturday games will be held for the first time at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

First-time participants have been added as well. Ridgeland (Rossville, Ga.) and Mays, the first Atlanta Public Schools team to play, have been added to the field. Northeast Georgia area schools Buford, North Gwinnett, and Mill Creek will once again take part in the annual high school event.

2018 MetroPCS Corky Kell Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 16 at ROME's BARRON STADIUM

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

 Friday, Aug. 17, at GEORGIA STATE STADIUM

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

Saturday, Aug. 18, at MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM

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

2018 GHSA Football Camps

VARSITY only Camp registration link:

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

    • 08/03 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Macon OGAD – (VARSITY CAMP Only at Officiate GA Day) 

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 7:30 AM
Camp 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

    • 06/16  Westminster – ATL Metro
    • 06/23  Athens Academy – Northeast Georgia area
    • 07/14  Lee County High – Albany Area
    • 07/21  GA Southern – Statesboro – Savannah Area
    • 07/28  River Ridge – ATL Metro
    • 08/11  GA Highlands – Northwest Ga. Area

Camp Contact:

2018 Corky Kell 7 on 7 Tournament

June 15, 2018 | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Thirty 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 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 will also be played at Blessed Trinity, Roswell High School and Fellowship Christian stadiums.

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

GOAA 6th Annual Cruise

Sunsational Travel

  It's time set sail for GOAA's 6th Annual Cruise.

  WHEN: January 11th - January 15th, 2018

  WHERE: onboard the Carnival Triumph

  Please download the cruise sign-up form here ►GOAAcruise2018.pdf

Added Extras: group open-bar cocktail party.

RATES GOOD TILL 10/09/2017   - As low as $313.00 Per Person Double Occupancy.
Full payment due at time of booking.

Important: All passengers will be required to bring a valid passport or a certified Birth Certificate along with a picture ID (drivers license).
Failure to do so will result in denied boarding of the Carnival Sensation. In addition, names listed should match that on your passport or license.


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