Becoming an Official | Recreational Services
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How to Become an Official

  1. Fill out an application.
  2. Attend a New Official's Information Meeting, Followed by a Sport Training – New Official's Information Meetings for students interested in officiating typically happen at the start of each semester. If there is one offered, attend that meeting and then attend the specific training meetings for the sports you would like to officiate. If there is not a New Official's Information Meeting offered, or if the New Official's Information Meeting has already taken place, contact Chris Spencer (click on his name to email). A list of the training meetings, including dates, times and locations, can be found below. If you miss a meeting, please contact Chris Spencer for information on how to proceed.
  3. Get Hired! - Following training for each sport, the Intramural Sports Administrative Staff will determine who will get hired as officials for that sport. If you are hired, you will be placed on the schedule and must complete Step 4.
  4. Complete Employment Paperwork* – If you are hired as an Intramural Official, you must schedule a meeting with Division of Student Life Human Resources; at HR-StudentLife@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-0121. Employment paperwork must be complete prior to, OR within 3 days, of your first scheduled shift. Important original documents to bring to your appointment can be found here PDF iconList_of_Acceptable_I9_Documents.pdf. If you don’t have the needed documents, call Human Resources to discuss options. Those who would like to provide their social security card as one of the forms of identification but do not have it with them may file for a replacement card at the Social Security Card Administration Office in Coralville. 

New Official's Information Meetings

Anyone interested in becoming an Intramural Sports Official, that has not worked for Intramural Sports, must attend a New Officials Information Meeting. We will go over job requirements, expectations, and what the next steps are to becoming an Intramural Sports Official! If you cannot make a New Official's Information Meeting, but still wish to officiate Intramural Sports, contact Chris Spencer to set-up alternate arrangements. New Officials Information Meeting dates and times for the Spring 2021 semester are:

Veteran Official's Information Meeting

Wednesday, January 20 from 6:00-6:30 PM in Room 1A/1B of the Campus Rrecreation & Welness Center. Any veteran officials planning on working for Intramural Sports again must attend this meeting.

Basketball

  • Classroom/Court Clinic 1: Monday, January 25, 2021 from 7:00-9:00 PM in Room E220 Field House, followed by on-court instruction at the Field House South Gym. This is the first of three mandatory training sessions for Basketball officials.
  • Classroom/Court Clinic 2: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 7:00-9:00 PM in Room E220 Field House, followed by on-court instruction at the Field House South Gym. This is the second of three mandatory training sessions for Basketball officials.
  • Scrimmage Games: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from approximately 6:00-10:00 PM in Room E220 Field House, followed by on-court scrimmages in the Field House South Gym. All officials will review case plays in a classroom setting, then get a chance to put their skills to practice during live scrimmages with real teams. This is the third of three mandatory training sessions for Basketball officials.

Indoor Soccer

  • Classroom/Field Clinic 1: Monday, February 1, 2021 from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex (HTRC) Iowa Turf conference room, followed by on-field instruction on the Iowa Turf. This is the first of three mandatory training sessions for Indoor Soccer officials.
  • Classroom/Field Clinic 2: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex (HTRC) Iowa Turf conference room, followed by on-field instruction on the Iowa Turf. This is the second of three mandatory training sessions for Indoor Soccer officials.
  • Scrimmage Games: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 6:00-10:00 PM at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex (HTRC) Iowa Turf conference room, followed by on-field scrimmages on the Iowa Turf. All officials will review case plays in a classroom setting, then get a chance to put their skills to practice during live scrimmages with real teams. This is the third of three mandatory training sessions for Indoor Soccer officials.

NOTE: The Hawkeye Interdorm Cambus route has stops at the HTRC and the HSC. Visit the Cambus webpage for more information, or contact us with any questions.

Volleyball

  • Classroom/Court Clinic: Monday, March 22, 2021 from 7:00-9:00 PM in Field House Room E220 followed by on-court instruction at the Field House South Gym. This is the first of two mandatory training sessions for Volleyball officials.
  • Scrimmage Games: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from approximately 6:00-10:00 PM in Room E220 Field House, followed by on-court scrimmages in the Field House South Gym. All officials will review case plays in a classroom setting, then get a chance to put their skills to practice during live scrimmages with real teams. This is the second of two mandatory training sessions for Volleyball officials.

Futsal

  • Classroom Clinic: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 7:00-9:00 PM in Room 1A/1B of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC). This is the first of two mandatory training sessions for Futsal officials.
  • Scrimmage Games: Thursday, March 25, 2021 from approximately 6:00-10:00 PM in Room E220 Field House, followed by on-court scrimmages in the Field House South Gym. All officials will review case plays in a classroom setting, then get a chance to put their skills to practice during live scrimmages with real teams. This is the second of two mandatory training sessions for Futsal officials.

4-on-4 Flag Football

  • Classroom Clinic: Monday, April 19, 2021 from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex (HTRC) Iowa Turf conference room. This is the first of two mandatory training sessions for 4-on-4 Flag Football officials.
  • On-Field Clinic: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from approximately 7:00-8:30 PM at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex (HTRC) Iowa Turf. This is the second of two mandatory training sessions fo 4-on-4 Flag Football officials.

Questions?

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Chris Spencer
Coordinator, Intramurals & Sport Camps