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Ohio North (OHN) State Referee Committee Inc. (SRC)
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General Notes:

  • Ohio North State Referee Committee contracts with GameOfficials.net to provide referee registration, clinic registration, online training and testing.
  • All new and current referees must first complete the online material and pass an online exam. Upon completion you receie a grade/age access code to sign up for an in-person clinic.
  • There are no minimum age requirements to become a referee. Many leagues may require a referee to be older than the players that they are officiating. Parents are advised to assess the maturity level of their child prior to permitting them to take the new referee course.
  • If your birthdate is on or before August 31, 1996 you will be required to complete a Risk Management application. This is a real time application process and you may get your approval instantly. If you do get an approval, proceed to the next step. If you are marked pending, you will not be permitted to register for a class. Check back to see when you are approved. If you are marked as pending then you will have to stop for now. Once you are approved you may proceed to the next step.
  • Local Clinic Fees – If the sponsoring organization will be charging any local clinic fees, the amount will be listed under the course description. This fee, if any, must be paid by cash or check to the sponsoring organization at the clinic.


Novice (new) referee clinics

Register for Online Course 233359-18New in GameOfficial.net and then choose from any of the in-person clinics found at the link below.

2018 Novice Referee In-person Clinics



Sponsoring a Novice Referee Clinic

Clinics for new referees are hosted by various organizations such as leagues, local referee associations, tournaments, etc. To request to host a new referee clinic the sponsor must provide a place to hold the clinic. New referee clinics are eight hours duration and may be scheduled for one day or over several days. Sponsors assume all responsibility for the cost of the clinic including any fee for the facility and pay for the instructors. Sponsors may charge participants up to $25.00 each to cover these costs. Once you decide to host a clinic, go to the Forms and Publication page and download the sponsorship agreement. When this is completed, contact the District Director of Instruction (DDI) for the district in which you live to verify that the dates are acceptable. Links to the DDI's e-mail may be found on the Ohio North Districts page. The DDI will assign instructors to the clinic and the District Referee Administrator will ensure that the participants are properly registered.

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