How to Become an Official

Thinking about becoming a sports official in football or basketball, or know of someone who might be interested, but not exactly sure about the best way of getting started?

The SOA can help!

Once you have filled out an application, you will be notified of the various training clinics which will teach you the rules, mechanics and philosophy of the game. These educational sessions are a great foundation to get started in the sport you would like to officiate, and are required by the Association.

Feel free to check on the game fee associated with each sport by clicking on the “Game Fee” tab, or if you are interested in officials equipment or apparel, click on the "Uniforms" tab, and/or “Links” tab to check out the various suppliers.

So let's get started!!!

Just fill out the online application below and someone will contact you with more information!

Southwestern Officials Association


Membership dues with the association is $70 per sport. Check, cash or money order must be received by August 01st in football, and by October 15th in basketball, and made payable to the Southwestern Officials Association. A late penalty of $25 will be accessed for all delinquent dues.

For payment in person - this may be done only at the "local and state clinics".

For payment by mail - please send the appropriate fee to:
Curtis Dowdle, Secretary
11 Coweeta Lake Circle
Otto, NC 28763

The Southwestern Officials Association does not discriminate due to race, creed, color, sex, national origin or age.

Membership in the Southwestern Officials Association is a privilege offered and granted to all individuals who perform their duties with moral and ethical standards. Any conduct which is considered unethical, immoral, or as a conflict of interest, shall be subject to possible disciplinary actions by the Regional Supervisor or Board. If there is a conflict of interest at or with a member school, the official is required to identify the issues with the regional supervisor prior to the start of the season.

In submitting this form, you agree that this registration does not carry any obligation on the part of the Regional Supervisor or the Southwestern Officials Association for a specific number of assignments. You also agree to attend the officiating clinics, scrimmages, and examinations as required. Any assignment which you receive, is subject to cancellation by this office if deemed to be in the best interest of the Southwestern Officials Association.

By submitting this application, you are affirming the information provided is correct.