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Northern Kentucky Baseball Umpires Association




Earn part-tme income! Up to $25 per hour - Your local high schools need umpires and referees.

THE CHALLENGE of officiating can provide some great personal rewards. As an official you must make instantaneous decisions, resolve conflicts and deal with stress and pressure. You are in a position to be a positive role model around children and young adults.

Sports officials must be able to bring control to chaos; understand fairness; promote safety and encourage good sportsmanship. A sports official must have the positive characteristics of a police officer, lawyer, judge, accountant, reporter, athlete and diplomat. If you are ready to start enjoying officiating, Contact us at: [email protected]

We will walk you through the 6 simple steps on becoming a high school sports official.


There are many benefits in becoming an KHSAA Official.

  • Make Extra Money on the Side (up to $25 per hour)
  • Become Physically Fit
  • Give Back to the Community
  • Make New Friends and Develop Camaraderie
  • Learn More About the Sports You Love, Contact us at:  [email protected]


Follow These Steps!

  1. Verify that you meet the qualifications to become an KHSAA Official (sec 8 link)

    The minimum standards for licensing of all offi cials shall be:
    1.  Applicant for licensing to offi ciate high school age (grades
      9-12, freshmen, JV, varsity) competition and competition for
      students in grades 6-8 shall be a graduate of an accredited
      high school or be at least eighteen years of age. The
      Commissioner, with approval of the Board of Control, may
      authorize a program to allow for the licensing of high school
      seniors, who may or not be eighteen (18) years of age and
      who are otherwise in compliance with licensing requirements
      and agree to be eligible to offi ciate only contests involving
      students below grade nine (9);
    2. Licensing fee shall accompany application form. The fee shall
      be returned if applicant does not meet requirements or if the
      proper amount is not enclosed;
    3. Able to physically perform the duties of being a sports offi cial
      including having an annual physical prior to offi ciating grade
      nine through twelve competition;
    4. Annually document completion of the KHSAA rules clinic. If
      not, schedule is subject to immediate cancellation following
      the end of the clinic time period and the offi cial is subject to
      other penalty such as lack of postseason assignment;
    5. Licensed with KHSAA and in good fi nancial standing; and
    6. Submit to a Criminal Records and Background check upon
      request by KHSAA in accordance with adopted policy.
  2. Register with a local officials association.
    You must join and maintain membership in a local official association which has been sanctioned by the KHSAA Office. You will want to contact one of the association's officers via email or phone if you are joining. Please email Our Board Member at:  [email protected] 
  3. Register with the KHSAA .
    You must register with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association through an application. During this process, you will select which sport(s) you want to officiate, and which official's associations you are a member of. Have your existing KHSAA Official's ID if you are a returning KHSAA Official.

  4. Register and take the mandatory Online Rules Examination
    You must take a mandatory rules exam for your sports. The exam will be 100 questions and is available online. The schedules of the exams will be posted on that website as well as

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