We want to maximize the officiating opportunities for the successful AO candidates. The nomination process is designed to ensure that the AO’s get on the local Town program’s radar for assignments. By having the local Town AO Contact nominate the AO’s for the training, we know that they will be in the queue for assignments. There is some flexibility with the nomination process – we will accept candidates without a formal nomination from a town, but we make them aware that we cannot provide any degree of assurance that they will get assignments.
Nominations started on January 19, 202. The deadline for Nominations is March 1, 2023. This will accomodate towns that may get a late start on the process.
Please forward your nominees to either your Regional Referee Coordinator (listed below) or directly to me
at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The first group of AO Nominees will be contacted on February 1, 2023. These are the returning AO's from 2022 who will need re-certication. They will be given instructions for Registration in the 2023 program and for enrolling in the mandatory certification program. This part of the process will run from JANUARY 19 to MARCH 1, 2023. The Registration fee will be the same as it was in 202, $45 per candidate. Payment options include online (eCheck or credit card) or by check.
Once the candidate registers and makes payment, he should sign up for a Classroom Session (Class Enrollment page)
Session 1 includes Professionalism, Definitions, Play of the Game,Personal/Technical Fouls and Game Management.
After completing Classroom Session, candidates will take the 50 question Certification Test
LIVE ONLINE SESSION 3 - Updates and Q&A
We will schedule a live online sessions in late March to provide AO's with the most current information and to answer any questions they may have. This is not mandatory, just an opportunity to ask questions and get the latest updates
Once the NEW candidate completes the remote training and testing, he/she will enter into the Mentoring phase of the training. Upon successful completion of the Mentoring and Evaluation phase, the candidate will become a fully certified Associate Official.
Note that returning AO's do not have to repeat the Mentoring process. They will have an evaluation from an EMLOA official to help them get up to speed.