Officials

Welcome To The High School Officiating Experience!! On behalf of the Arizona Interscholastic Association, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the high school officiating experience. Your commitment and dedication to Arizona High School sports is deeply appreciated by the member schools we serve. Thank you for being a vital part of the student athlete's educational experience.

Gary Whelchel
State Commissioner of Officials

Options for Becoming an AIA Official

Due to a number of concerns - a tremendous backlog with the Department of Public Safety in turnaround time processing fingerprint card requests, new and transfer officials who cannot secure the card in time to receive assignments, and for the individuals whose prints cannot be lifted on the digital scan - the AIA has researched other possible options to accelerate the registration of officials and stay within the guidelines set forth by our Executive Board.

We are pleased to announce our partnership with CRIMSHIELD, an investigative agency that provides "crime free" credentials for officials. The average turnaround time with CRIMSHIELD is 3-5 business days. Officials will now have a choice to select to meet our requirements for registration:

  1. Submit a DPS fingerprint card upon registration. This fingerprint card is valid for SIX (6) years, and carries and initial cost of about $90.00 (DPS Fee and Fingerprinting Fee).
  2. Submit a valid CCW Card.
  3. Submit the CRIMSHIELD card upon registration. The entire process can be done online for a fee of $54.99. The CRIMSHIELD clearance is valid for TWO (2) years. No Fingerprints Necessary.

For officials that have time constraints on securing a DPS Fingerprint Card, the CRIMSHIELD option is offered as an alternative for officials to register with the AIA in time to receive assignments.

To access CRIMSHIELD, click the banner to the right or click here.

Officials who have been declined from DPS cannot re-submit with CRIMSHIELD. They must utilize the appeals process available through DPS.

Philosophy:

It is imperative that our officials follow the rules and regulations set forth by the National Federation of State High School Associations and uniform ourselves according to the guidelines presented in the publications as dedicated, sanctioned sports officials to the high school sports experience; furthermore, that we conduct ourselves professionally as we lend support to our partners in education to achieve success as it relates to the student athlete's overall educational experience.

Officials Code of Ethics:

Schools have entrusted officials to assist them in the educational development of their youth through athletics. The proper operation of such a process requires that officials be independent, impartial, and responsible to the people they serve.

In recognition of these expectations, it shall be the responsibility of an official to follow the directions provided in the following Official's Code of Ethics. Violation of the Code of Ethics will be a violation of AIA Bylaws and may result in a sanction of the offending party.

An official shall: