(12-7-22) The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, where the Board approved a Provisional License for IHSA Officiating.

1. The Board approved a recommendation to offer a Provisional License for IHSA Officiating. A Provisional License will be available to 15- and 16-year olds and allow them to officiate IHSA contests through the freshman (9th grade) level. The Provisional License will cost $20 or less and entry into the Provisional License program will provide a discount for the user if they choose to obtain full licensure when they turn 17 years old.

More information on the Provisional License can be found by clicking here.

IHSA Associate Executive Director Kurt Gibson:

“The shortage of officials, both nationally and here in Illinois, has been well-chronicled. We have seen an uptick in registered officials so far in 2022-23 and hope this new Provisional License helps create even more momentum. The opportunity to get 15- and 16-year olds working lower level high school games will broaden the pool of officials in what we hope is a supportive environment that enables younger officials to build the necessary confidence to have success while wearing the stripes.”