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Important information from FHSAA web site (click logo above) and from FHSAA Central Hub in each officials' Arbiter account. (click below).
Authority of FHSAA
101.01 FHSAA Bylaw 8.9.2 authorizes the Board of Directors to establish policies and procedures for the registration and regulation of contest officials.
101.02 Individual officials or local officials associations that violate the policies expressed in this Officials Guidebook are subject to reprimand, probation and/or monetary penalties and/or suspension or expulsion as an individual official or officials association by the FHSAA.
Each official should familiarize themselves with the content of this book.
Some Key items in the Officials Guidebook (OGB)
1. Registration Process
2. Mandatory Exam
3. Rules of Conduct
4. Athletic Injury Guidelines (See Below)
5. Local Officials Associations (Requirements)
6. Assignments - Regular and State Series
7. Ejections Protocol (Important to Understand)
8. Dress Code
107. Athletic Injury Guidelines The following guidelines are to be followed in the event an athlete is injured during a contest. These guidelines are for the protection of the injured athlete and the official(s).
(1) Coaches and medical personnel must be aware that some sports rules will require officials to charge the injured athlete’s team with a timeout.
(2) Coaches and medical personnel should be allowed to enter the field or court and should be given unlimited time to evaluate an injury and give emergency care. Officials should not request that coaches move an injured athlete.
(3) The officials’ only role in dealing with athletic injuries is to stop play as soon as possible so that the injured athlete can receive attention as soon as possible. Officials must not offer medical advice or take any action to manage or treat any injury. 2022 - 2023 Officials Guidebook Page 12
(4) Suspected Concussions. Mechanics for Removal from Athletic Contest: The NFHS concussion rule calls for the immediate removal of the participant from the contest or practice. The revised language reflects an increasing focus on safety, given that the vast majority of concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness. The change in this rule simply calls for contest officials to be cognizant of athletes who display signs, symptoms or behaviors of a concussion (see NFHS Suggested Guidelines for Management of Concussion) and immediately stop play for injury evaluation by school personnel within the rules of the game. At that point, the contest official’s job is done. It is important to note that the responsibility of the contest official is limited to activities that occur on the field, court or mat. Once the participant has been removed from a contest due to a suspected concussion, the coach, school and appropriate healthcare professional(s) assume full responsibility for that athlete’s further evaluation and safety.
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