A tradition of excellence

The University of Akron is proud to boast one of the top sports officials’ development systems among collegiate intramural sports programs in the nation. For many years, UA student officials have been recognized at both regional and national tournaments as some of the best in the country. Former employees in the program include division I college officials, numerous high school officials, and countless others that work in various youth and community recreation leagues.

Each year, selected Intramural Sports officials travel to extramural tournaments across the country. Over the past 10 years, student officials have represented The University of Akron at tournaments in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Georgia, Texas, Kentucky and Louisiana.

Benefits of officiating

  • Competitive salary (starting at $8.31/hour) with an opportunity for advancement
  • All necessary equipment for officiating is supplied by SRWS
  • Eligible for extramural tournament travel
  • Opportunities for officiating high school games, or community leagues/tournaments
  • Meet new students on campus
  • Build leadership, communication, self-confidence, conflict resolution skills and decision-making skills

No experience required

While previous officiating experience or a sports background is helpful, it is not necessary. The training clinics, conducted by qualified professional and student staff, will provide you with the needed knowledge, philosophy, mechanics, and communication skills required to perform the job effectively. There are very few student positions that involve the challenging mix of responsibility, leadership, decision-making, athleticism, and conflict resolution skills that are necessary in sports officiating. In addition, UA’s Intramural Sports program offers opportunities to become involved with high school officials associations, local community recreational leagues, and a number of exciting off-campus extramural events in various regions across the country.

How to get started

  • All prospective Student Recreation & Wellness Services student employees must attend a RecWorks session prior to being hired.
  • If selected for an interview, and ultimately hired, officials will need to complete university paperwork including tax forms, employment eligibility, and availability.
  • Officials will then undergo extensive training sessions, consisting of videotapes, guest speakers, rule interpretations, mechanics drills, station work, and actual field/court practical application of skills.
  • Student officials will be assigned games on a weekly basis according to their availability and demonstrated skills. The number of hours per week will depend upon games scheduled but typically range from 10-20 hours per week.