GHSA On-Line Rules Clinic & Exam for 2017-2018

The online rules clinic for Football is scheduled for July 24 - August 17, 2017.

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 1 - August 15, 2017.

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.

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.

GICAA State Championship

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GOAA is honored being selected to work the State Championship games for GICAA (Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association). 

  • State Championship - Creekside at Covenant Academy
    Friday 11/20 at 7:30 
  • State Championship - Johnson Ferry Christian at Horizon
    Saturday 11/21 at 7:30 
  • Semi-finals - Harvester at Central Christian (8 man)
    Friday 11/20 at 7:30

Football Rules Changes - 2015

By NFHS on February 14, 2015

SPEARING DEFINITION REVISED (2-20-1c): Continuing the focus of risk minimization, the definition for the illegal helmet contact act of spearing was revised. Spearing is an act by any player who initiates contact against an opponent at the shoulders or below with the crown (top portion) of his/her helmet.

CORRECTING A DOWN NUMBER ADDED (5-1-1b NEW): The referee is granted authorization to correct the number of the next down before a new series of downs is awarded.

2015 Football Rule Changes Announced

High School Football Rules Changes Continue Focus on Risk Minimization

By NFHS on February 13, 2015

In its ongoing effort to minimize the risk of injury in high school football, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee expanded the provisions of unnecessary roughness to include contact with a defenseless player.

Corky Kell Classic 2015

corky kell classic 2015

The 2015 Corky Kell Classic matchups have been released and it will be a shuffle of last year’s two-day, seven-game event. The first day (Friday, Aug. 21) will be held at McEachern High School and will feature a double-header that will kickoff at 5:45 pm between Sandy Creek and Creekview. The Friday nightcap will pin 2014 Class AAAAAA runner-up Archer and North Paulding.

Mike Samples named to SPSU Athletics Hall of Fame

Mike Samples  - ACC

Thirty-four student-athletes named to Athletics Hall of Fame
SPSU -  Wed, Sep. 3, 2014 at 4:55 PM

MARIETTA, Ga. – A total of 34 former Southern Polytechnic State University student-athletes have been named to the institution's Athletics Hall of Fame. In April, former athletic director Matt Griffin announced that Southern Polytechnic would establish its first-ever Athletics Hall of Fame to celebrate the accomplishments of its greatest student-athletes, coaches, special contributors and teams over the past six-plus decades of intercollegiate competition.

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