2013-07-11 / Sports

MHSAA accepting official registrations

EAST LANSING – The Michigan High School Athletic Association is accepting registrations by mail and online for game officials for the 2013-14 school year and hopes to build on a program started last year and aimed at recruiting new officials from high schools’ current graduating classes.

The MHSAA again has provided each member high school with two complimentary officials registrations to be awarded to graduating seniors designated by their athletic directors as having the skills and interest in continuing their involvement in MHSAA athletics through officiating. For 2012-13, 27 graduates took advantage of this opportunity to register free of charge.

High school seniors selected do not have to pay registration fees for the next school year, and will receive assistance from MHSAA staff in connecting with local officials’ associations and receiving training opportunities. Upper Michigan graduates who registered during the first year of the program came from the following schools: Engadine, L’Anse, Ishpeming Westwood, Marquette, Negaunee and St. Ignace LaSalle.

For other new and returning officials, those who register online again will receive a $5 discount off their processing fees. A $12 fee is charged for each sport in which an official wishes to register, and the online processing fee is $30. Officials submitting registration forms by mail or on a walk-up basis will incur a $35 processing fee. Officials registered in 2012-13 will be assessed a late fee of $30 for registration after July 31.

Online registration can be accessed by clicking “Officials” on the home page of the MHSAA website (www.mhsaa.com). Forms also are available online that can be printed and submitted by traditional mail or hand delivery to the MHSAA office.

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