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OIA Guidelines

(Published guidelines and policies for all sports officials involved in OIA Sports.)

Schools have entrusted officials to assist in the educational development of youths through athletics. The proper operation of such a process requires that officials be independent, impartial and responsible to the people they serve.

In recognition of these expectations, a Code of Ethics has been established. The purpose of this code is to establish guidelines for ethical standards of conduct for all officials.

Officials Code of Ethics

  • Officials at interscholastic athletic events are participants in the educational development of high school students.  As such, they must exercise a high level of self-discipline, independence and responsibility.  The purpose of this Code is to establish guidelines for ethical standards of conduct for all interscholastic officials. 
  • Officials shall master both the rules of the game and the mechanics necessary to enforce the rules, and shall exercise authority in an impartial, firm and controlled manner. 
  • Officials shall work with each other and their state associations in a constructive and cooperative manner. 
  • Officials shall uphold the honor and dignity of the profession in all interaction with student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, school administrators, colleagues, and the public. 
  • Officials shall prepare themselves both physically and mentally, shall dress neatly and appropriately, and shall carry themselves in a manner consistent with the high standards of the profession. 
  • Officials shall be punctual and professional in the fulfillment of all contractual obligations. 
  • Officials shall remain mindful that their conduct influences the respect that student- athletes, coaches and the public hold for the profession. 
  • Officials shall, while enforcing the rules of play, remain aware of the inherit risk of injury that competition poses to student-athletes.  While appropriate, they shall inform event management of conditions or situations that appear unreasonably hazardous. 
  • Officials shall take reasonable steps to educate themselves in the recognition of emergency conditions that might arise during the course of competition. 
  • Every member of the officiating profession carries a responsibility to act in a manner becoming a professional person.  The conduct of any official influences the attitude of the public toward the profession in general as well as toward the official in particular. 

Article I  

Organizations Responsibilities

Section  A

Administrative Responsibilities
The organization must provide a liaison that will be responsible for the following duties: 

  1. Scheduling of all regular and post season games and ensuring coverage of them. 
  2. Attendance at sport advisory, evaluation and quarterly Liaison meetings. 
  3. Submitting of citizenship reports in a timely manner. 
  4. Administering examinations. 

Article II


Officials Roster

The organizations shall provide a roster of their membership. 

Note: A supplemental roster shall be issued periodically or when deemed necessary by the liaisons. 

Article III

Officials Classification


Section A

Demotion - Suspension - Dismissal
The organization, upon recommendations of the O.I.A. may demote, suspend, and/or dismiss any official based on, but limited to, the following criteria: 

  1. Failure to appear for assigned contests; late arrival at game sites; use of tobacco (smoking or chewing) on school grounds; use of profane language; and use of drugs or alcoholic beverages prior to a contest. 
  2. Failure to perform in accordance with the recognized standards found in the National Federation Officiating Manuals, including knowledge and 
  3. Interpretation of the rules, mechanics, personal appearance, and physical conditioning. 
  4. Under suspicion of being connected with any gambling interests. 
  5. Failure to cooperate with the OIA or its policies.  An official shall not pursue a course of action which, in the opinion of the OIA is detrimental to the welfare, reputation or interests of the OIA or its members. 
  6. Failure to attain a minimum score on the written examination. 

Article IV


Officials General Information


Section A

Code of Ethics
The organization and officials are expected to adhere to the Officials Code of Ethics.

Section B

Officials Committees
There will be an officials association or organization for each sport.

No officials association shall censure a school or coach.  All censures must come through the 0IA office only.  Official citizenship report should be made out for all incidents and complaints.

Section C

Change of Policy Procedure
Any request for a change in policy shall be submitted to the 0IA in writing.  A meeting will be arranged if it is deemed necessary. 

Artilce V


General Playing Rules


Section A

All sports must follow all the rules and regulations as written in the National Federation Rules Books.  OIA rules supersede National Federation rules. 

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