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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 pay with opportunities for advancement
  • All necessary officiating equipment is supplied by SRWS
  • Eligibility for extramural tournament travel
  • Opportunities for officiating high school games and community leagues
  • Build self confidence and strong decision making
  • Develop skills in leadership, communication and conflict resolution

No experience required

We teach you everything you need to know to become a successful official. Our training program will provide you with the necessary knowledge, mechanics and communication skills to perform the job effectively. While previous officiating experience and/or a background in sports are helpful, neither are required.

Get started

Apply! All prospective SRWS student employees must attend a RecWorks session prior to being hired. Here you will learn about working in the Rec and important details about the application process.

Train. Once hired, officials undergo extensive training sessions. Components include videotape review, guest speakers, rule interpretations, mechanics drills, station work, and actual field/court practical application of skills.

Officiate. Student officials will be assigned games on a weekly basis according to their availability and demonstrated skills. Work schedules typically range from 10-20 hours per week.