Washington Officials Association

About Us

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Washington Officials Association is to provide qualified officials for WIAA sanctioned regular season and postseason events.  This shall be accomplished by developing:

 

The Goals of WOA Officials are to:

 

Code of Ethics

  1. Register with the WOA each year on a timely basis and attend all required meetings. Work no interscholastic contests with officials who do not hold current registration in the sport in which they officiate.
     
  2. Join and actively participate in a local official’s association or board.
     
  3. Execute and honor assignments.
     
  4. Be on time for all contests.
     
  5. Make thorough preparations, physically and mentally, for each season and every assigned contest.
     
  6. Present a clean and professional image in terms of personal appearance and uniform, and provide a positive role model in terms of personal habits, language and conduct. Use of tobacco or alcohol within sight of players and spectators and use of alcohol any time before a contest on the day of the contest is not acceptable.
     
  7. Cultivate professional relationships with partners, players, coaches, administrators, and spectators. Refrain from comment to the media.
     
  8. Publicly shake hands with coaches of both teams before each contest.
     
  9. Never exhibit emotions or argue with participants and coaches when enforcing rules.
     
  10. Make clear signals and concise rulings and instructions to the scorers, timers and teams. Use only those signals that have been authorized by the rules code and the WOA.
     
  11. Admit and correct your own errors, hold to correct but unpopular decisions, and support the decisions of other officials.
     
  12. Maintain self-control at all times.
     
  13. Recruit, encourage and assist new officials.
     
  14. Volunteer to work scrimmages as often as possible as a service to schools and for the opportunity to gain experience and improve officiating skills.
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