2018-19 MIAA Background Checks and Registration

Registration with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association for the 2018-19 school year is open. While your background checks are good for three years, you must register annually with the MIAA and pay the accompanying $10 fee. All new officials must register with the MIAA and submit to a background check to be eligible to officiate high school games.

It is recommended that winter-sports officials complete this process by Oct. 1 to avoid any delay in your eligibility to officiate this season.

Instructions for both new and returning officials can be found on the MIAA’s ArbiterSports page.


Refresher Exam

The annual refresher exam for Active members is available via the Documents section of this site. To complete the exam online, click here. Enter your name, click “continue” and the exam will open. Click Yes or No for each question, and when you are done, click “submit.” You must get a minimum of 43 correct to pass.

The deadline to complete the exam is Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. When you complete it online, scoring is tabulated instantly, with the results immediately communicated to you as well as the board secretary.

As always, the exam is open-book. Please contact Jeff Rivet if you require further assistance.

2019 Massachusetts Rules Interpretation Clinics

Below is a complete listing of all rules interpretation clinics in Massachusetts. You must attend one to be eligible for high school assignments. Be sure to notify the secretary of the board whose clinic you attend so your attendance is properly credited.

2019 IAABO Mass. Interpretation Meetings
Host Board Date Time Location
28 Wednesday, Oct. 16 6 p.m. Amherst High School
130 Sunday, Oct. 20 10 a.m. North Andover High School
27 Sunday, Oct. 27  8 a.m. FOX CLINIC, Dedham Middle School
26 Sunday, Oct. 27  9 a.m. Charlton Middle School
26 Monday, Oct. 28 6 p.m. St. John’s, Shrewsbury
27 Sunday, Nov. 3 10 a.m. Cohen Auditorium at Tufts University, Medford
31 Wednesday, Nov. 6 7 p.m. Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield
208 Sunday, Nov. 10 6:30 p.m. Milford High School
95 Wednesday, Nov. 13 7 p.m. Long Meadow Golf Club, Lowell
130 Wednesday, Nov. 13 7 p.m. Salem High School
54 Thursday, Nov. 14 7 p.m. South Shore Voc-Tech, Hanover
175 Sunday, Nov. 17  9 a.m. Boys and Girls Club, Marlborough
30 Sunday, Nov. 17 9 a.m. Bridgewater-Raynham High School
95 Sunday, Nov. 17 10 a.m. Long Meadow Golf Club, Lowell
25 Sunday, Nov. 17 6:30 p.m. Dalton Youth Center
54 Sunday, Nov. 24 10 a.m. Bridgewater-Raynham High School
152 Monday, Nov. 25 7 p.m. Bourne High School
44 Sunday, Dec. 1 8:30 a.m. Knights of Columbus, Fitchburg
44 Tuesday, Dec. 3 6:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus, Fitchburg
130 Sunday, Dec. 8 10 a.m. North Andover High School

Concussion Certification due before the season

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association annually requires all of its officials to complete the NFHS concussion course in order to officiate high school games. If you have already taken the course for a fall sport, your certification is good for the school year. Please send your certificate number to jeffreyjrivet@hotmail.com so it can be documented and sent to the MIAA for confirmation. We recommend you also print a copy of the certificate to keep in your game bag.

Please complete the following process by Nov. 30 so an accurate roster may be submitted to the MIAA.

   * Visit the NFHS site.

   * Click the green “Sign In” button if you already have an account.

   * Click the “Register” button if you have never logged in.

   * Select “Courses” and scroll down to “Concussion in Sports.”

   * Even though you are “ordering” a course, it is free.

   * Select “Massachusetts” in the dropdown menu.

   * Click the “Checkout” button.

   * Check the box to accept terms, then click “Continue.”

   * Select the “click here” link to complete the “purchase.”

   * Click the “My Course” button to see your courses.

   * Click “Begin Course” when you’re ready.

   * Allow at least 25 minutes to complete the course.

   * Save the PDF of your certificate to your hard drive.

   * Email the certificate number only to jeffreyjrivet@hotmail.com

   * Print a copy of the certificate to keep in your game bag.

   * You must complete this certification to officiate high school games.