WIAA Offers No Late Fee for Officials to Renew Licenses through Oct. 31

Officiating License FLASH SALE

The WIAA membership is putting an emphasis on the recruitment and retainment of officials this year. A drastic drop (-34.4%) in the number of WIAA licensed Officials from the 2019-20 season (pre-COVID) to August of 2021 has created the need for a collaborative effort in recruiting officials in all sports. We need all hands on deck, we need your help!

The WIAA is currently running a “No Late Fees” FLASH SALE window for any official who registers between October 15-31. The cost to register is $35 plus $15 for each sport, which covers the cost of sending rules books. The $30 late fee normally charged to individuals renewing their registration outside of the annual re-licensing window from May 1-31, will be waived between the dates listed. New officials are not charged a late fee and can register at any time.

In the past 18 months, we have lost 3,200 officials here in Wisconsin, but we are not alone. Nationally, the statistics are staggering. Only two of every ten officials who newly license for high school athletics, remain as officials after two years. It is reported by those who do not return, that the number one factor is adult behavior. Coaches, parents, fans, etc. – we must do better!  Just as it takes our youth time to learn to be great in their sports, it also takes officials time to learn their trade! Adult expectations of officials at every level is harsh and unforgiving. By simply making it a point to support our officials each time they take the field/court/etc. we could greatly improve our retention rates.

We are in this together. Let’s find ways to recruit new, bring back veteran, and retain our current officials, starting immediately. We thank you, in advance, for your help in recruiting new officials!

Ready to say “yes” to officiating? Register to Become an Official now!

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]