Illinois Officials Now Have Online Option for Meeting Certification Requirements

Author: ASEP Marketing


Illinois officials can turn to the Internet to gain a thorough understanding of officiating fundamentals in a convenient format. A new course from the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) and the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), IHSA Officiating Principles, satisfies the IHSA clinic requirement for officials. By taking this online course, officials are one step closer to becoming an active IHSA official.

“The IHSA is extremely excited about this new opportunity for our licensed officials,” says IHSA assistant executive director Craig Anderson. “This online clinic provides a great foundation for young officials to get their officiating career off to a great start. Officials will satisfy their clinic requirement while learning valuable information in improving their knowledge and skills.”

“ASEP is excited about the IHSA commitment to officials education and we are proud to provide an affordable and convenient online education program for Illinois officials that meets the IHSA requirement,” says Jim Schmutz, ASEP executive director. “ASEP has had the privilege of working with the IHSA for many years in delivering education to scholastic coaches, and we’re pleased to extend our relationship into officials’ training. Our aim is to better equip first-time officials for meeting the rigors of the job, both on and off the field.”

IHSA Officiating Principles brings the training to the desktop, helping officials to do these following tasks:

- determine officiating philosophy (unit 1)
- explain officiating style (unit 2)
- set and achieve professional goals (unit 3)
- communicate effectively with other officials, coaches, and athletes (unit 4)
- develop decision-making skills (unit 5)
- manage conflict effectively (unit 6)
- describe personal fitness principles (unit 7)
- create a personal fitness plan (unit 8)
- explain legal responsibilities (unit 9)
- explain legal rights and business responsibilities (unit 10)
- manage time wisely (unit 11)
- work effectively with local and regional associations (unit 12)
- manage officiating career (unit 13)
- officiate in the state of Illinois (unit 14)

When officials register for the course, they receive the book Successful Sports Officiating in the mail. During the course, officials refer to the book to complete course segments. In addition to the reading material, audio and video vignettes are featured throughout the course, as well as interactive activities and quizzes. This dynamic format presents an engaging educational experience that places you in challenging, real-life game situations. Officials take the course exam online and receive immediate results.

Those who pass the course are automatically entered into the ASEP National Officials Registry, an online database of officials that allows state high school associations, athletic administrators, and officials to track and verify officials' credentials.

With the IHSA Officiating Principles online course, new officials will be prepared, confident, and motivated to officiate Illinois high school contests and to manage their officiating careers. To register, visit the ASEP Web site.

IHSA Officiating Principles
ISBN 978-1-4504-0693-2
PRICE $40.00 US

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is a non-profit volunteer organization composed of Illinois high schools, each represented by its principal or designated representative and providing leadership for the development, supervision, and promotion of good sportsmanship in interscholastic competition and other activities in which its member schools choose to engage. School personnel, students, parents, and taxpayers have long recognized and endorsed the role of the IHSA in providing supervision, control, and promotion of the interscholastic activities (athletic and non-athletic) in which students participate.