There are many benefits to becoming an official for interscholastic athletics and youth sports. You are making a difference in the lives of students and the youth in our community, encouraging exercise through competition, and establishing life long fundamentals of fairness. The job is not for the faint of heart. It challenges you athletically, requires cool and decisive thinking, and means “sticking to your guns”, but the rewards are great.
How to Become an Official with PVOA
Every official must be a registered member of PVOA at the current rate of $30/year. We have a special student membership rate of $15/year for members in middle/high school. The fee will be deducted from your first check. You can join PVOA by completing our online application.
You may subscribe to our website as a PVOA web member. This is a free service and open to anyone. However, to be an official you must be a registered member and pay the appropriate annual member fee.
Every official is required to maintain a complete pay sheet. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of maintaining an accurate pay sheet. This includes date of games, time, place, partners name (if any) and comments. If you work with a partner, please know your partners name and write it down correctly. If you are not working with the partner originally on your schedule, please make sure to get the correct partners name. Pay sheets will be accepted for payment and payment will commence if the information is accurate and legible. If you work with a partner and his/her pay sheet does not agree with yours, there will be accounting problems. Please know that we will make every effort to obtain payment from the leagues in a timely manner and that you will receive your paychecks as soon as we receive payment from the leagues.
Every official must provide their own uniform for each sport they are officiating. The PVOA official supplier is The Official Call (www.theofficialcall.com). Also, you can check out our “Resources” page for links to other online vendors.
Plus, you may obtain uniforms and other equipment needs locally through the various sporting goods stores including Sports Authority, Dick’s, Modell’s, Cheers Sports and Catoctin Sports.
If you are not ready to join and/or have questions before joining, send us a note through our contact page. Once we receive your message, we will get back in a timely manner.
Once you join PVOA, more information is available through our members-only section.