The Southeastern Athletic Officials Association provides officials for school sports programs throughout Southeastern North Carolina. We are constantly seeking individuals who have high character and integrity, a love for the game and a willingness to work with others. It takes a special person to be able to control their emotions, perform professionally and maintain order, when all about them have lost their composure and chaos abounds.
Officiating requires hours of preparation, study and training. Officials are expected to be perfect every night. We are under appreciated by many who don't understand the commitment required to perform at such high level. However, it is still a very rewarding and fun avocation. Most importantly, we do it for the kids.
Here's what you need to do to get started.
Join the SAOA
1) Download and print the SAOA Application
2) Fill out all the information on the application and remember to sign and date.
3) Mail the application and check (payable to SAOA for $20.00) to:
Southeastern Athletic Officials Association
SAOA Applications and membership fees are due on the date of the SAOA Annual Membership meeting. That meeting is held the first Sunday in June of each calendar year. Check our calendar for time and location of this meeting.
4) Contact the appropriate Regional Supervisor Of Officials for the sport(s) you would like to officiate. Please do this before registering with the NCHSAA. The Regional Supervisor will be able to give you information for clinics, scrimmages, and equipment you will need to officiate.
Regional Supervisors Of Officials
Baseball / Softball / Football
Register with the NCHSAA
If you have never registered with the NCHSAA, you will need to create an account on the NCHSAA website. Once you are on the site, click "Officiating", then click "Registration" at the left side of the screen. The link will be at the top of the page. Click "Register A New Account". Fill out the registration form and click the "Complete Signup" button at the bottom of the page.
On the next page click the "Registration" button at the top of the screen. Place a check in the box next to the sports you would like to officiate and make sure you select the correct Regional Supervisor Of Officials from the list below in the drop down box for your booking association. They will be listed under "Southeastern".
The NCHSAA registration fees vary from sport to sport and there is a required $31.00 insurance fee required for all officials. You may pay these fees online with a credit card or you can mail the NCHSAA a check to the address given on their website. If the NCHSAA has not received your check within 14 days of registration, it is subject to cancellation.
Important: If you plan on registering for multiple sports now you must pay for all sports at the time you register. If you have unpaid fees the NCHSAA will make you ineligible to receive assignments until the remaining balance is paid. Be sure to check the NCHSAA website for registration deadlines for the sports you are interested in officiating.
Signing into The ArbiterSports website
NCHSAA Regional Supervisors Of Officials use ArbiterSports assigning software. Your supervisor will need your current email so that they can add you to their Arbiter account. They will set you up to receive assignments and payments for your games.
Click the link below to view the powerpoint to help you become familiar with how to use The Arbiter. If you dont have Adobe Reader or Powerpoint on your computer. These programs are free and the links to download them are at the top of our downloads page.