The purpose of this code, provided by OHSAA is to establish guidelines for the ethical standards of conduct for all officials.  High School member schools have entrusted you to assist them in the education and development of youth through athletics.  This requires officials to be independent, impartial and responsible to the schools, children, coaches and spectators.


  • devote time, thought and study to the rules of the game and the mechanics necessary to carry out these rules so that one may render effective and credible service in a fair and unbiased manner,
  • work with fellow officials and the state association in a spirit of harmony and cooperation in spite of differences if opinion that may arise during debate of point or rules at issue,
  • resist every temptation and outside pressure to use one’s position as an official to benefit oneself and avoid promoting the special interest of any person or group of persons other than the athletics we serve,
  • constantly uphold the honor and dignity of the avocation in all personal conduct and relations with the student- athletes, coaches, athletic directors, school administrators, colleagues, and the public, to a worthy example to the athletes under one’s jurisdiction,
  • be prepared both physically and mentally, dress accordingly to expectations and maintain proper appearance that is befitting the importance of the game,
  • avoid the use of tobacco, drugs and alcohol and related products at the contest site,
  • remember and recognize that it is important to honor contracts regardless of possible inconvenience or financial loss.

Every member of the officiating profession carries a responsibility to act in a manner becoming a professional person, as the conduct of any one official influences the attitude of the public toward the profession in general as well as toward the official in particular.

For all of our FSRA HS officials, please remember – officiating bears great responsibility for creating public confidence in sports – work hard mentally and physically, prepare for each match and continue to learn and improve at every match.  And most important – HAVE FUN!!