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Becoming an Official

Interested in becoming an official?  The Baltimore Board of Women’s Sports is the perfect place to start your journey as a zebra!



          You must be 18 years old and a high school graduate.


You must pay applicable fees.


You must attend at least 80% of our classroom instruction and field/court instruction.


You must pass the requisite state or national test with a grade of 75% or better.

You must pass a background check. 


Once individuals accomplish the 4 steps above, they are eligible to be rated.  Please note that completing those four steps does not guarantee you a rating. Rating standards are different by sport because they are created by the national governing body of that sport.


Should you take the course, and not receive your rating, you are ineligible to ref that season. These situations are rare, but it is important to note that prospective referees must wait until the next training cycle and re-take the training and pay appropriate fees for a second time. 

Some Basic Requirements:

Photos provided by Josh Headley, Tom Peace and Denny Lessner 

Cost of Becoming a New Official

Throughout the season, BBOWS hosts ongoing training sessions in each sport and these meetings are mandatory for officials.


There is a $175 fee which includes training fees, first year dues.  Officials are required to register with Dragonfly to obtain MPSSAA insurance coverage. In addition, officials are responsible for purchasing the appropriate uniform and whistles/cards. 

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