UHSAA Officials Guidebook

UHSAA Officials Code of Ethics


Schools have commissioned game officials to assist them in the educational development of their youth through athletic competition.  The proper operation of such a process requires that officials be independent, impartial and responsible to the people they serve.  You are not here to dictate but rather to facilitate.

In recognition of these expectations, a code of ethics has been established.  The purpose of this code is to establish minimum guidelines for ethical standards of conduct for all officials at all levels.


An official, as an independent contractor, must  .  .  .  .  .

•  Devote time, thought and study to the rules of the game and the mechanics necessary to carry out these rules so that one may render effective and credible service in a fair and unbiased manner.

•  Work with fellow officials and the state association in a spirit of harmony and cooperation in spite of differences of opinion that may arise during debate of points or rules at issue.

•  Resist every temptation and outside pressure to use one's position as an official to benefit oneself for any reason.

•  Under all circumstances, avoid promoting the special interest of any person or group of persons other than the athletes being served.

•  Constantly uphold the honor and dignity of the avocation in all personal conduct and relations with the student athletes, coaches, athletic directors, school administrators, colleagues and public; to be a worthy example to the athletes under one's jurisdiction.

•  Be prepared both physically and mentally; dress according to expectations and maintain a proper appearance that is befitting the importance of the contest.

•  Remember and recognize that it is important to honor contracts regardless of possible inconvenience or financial loss.

•  Never use the news media to vent anger against any administrator, coach, player, fellow official, or UHSAA.

•  Not smoke or use any form of tobacco on or in the vicinity of the school property or playing area.  Never drink or partake of any alcoholic beverages or use any drugs on the day of a contest in which you will be officiating.  Officials should not attend high school contests in which they will or may work while partaking of tobacco or alcoholic products.

Every member of the officiating profession carries a responsibility to act in a professional manner. The conduct of any official influences the attitude of the public toward the profession in general, as well as toward the individual official in question.  Represent yourself with integrity and pride!