Do you want to become a referee?Are you interested in officiating?

Our officials work Baseball, Basketball, Football, Softball and Volleyball games throughout Northern Illinois.

We are always looking to add new faces to our roster of officials.

New to the officiating world?

Whether you have played or coached a sport throughout your life, or have a limited understanding of the rules, we will prepare you for your first games.

Just looking to add games to your current schedule?

Contact us for future officiating opportunities.


Why join the EAOA?

  • Increase Your Rules Knowledge

The EAOA conducts sports specific meetings to make sure each of our members is ready to officiate.  We utilize email and internet services to keep our members "in the know".

  • Improve Your Mechanics

As an IHSA Recognized Association, the EAOA provides Certified Clinics to IHSA registered officials.

  • Discounts to Members

Members of the EAOA can take advantage of the discounts we offer on IHSA Certified Clinics, officiating merchandise, and group events.

  • Mentors

Our members have a wide range of experience at all levels of sports.  We have members that have over 50 years of experience and most of our members currently work at the High School or Collegiate levels.  These fine officials are always willing to help out newer officials.

  • Game Assignments

Members receive preferred access to lower level game assigments.

Are you part of an organization or club looking for good officials?
We would like to discuss your officiating needs.

Are you getting the most out of your local association?
Members of the EAOA that took advantage of clinics offered this past year (2018 - 2019) received over one-half of their annual dues in membership discounts.
Those members that officiated Football and/or Volleyball were offered 6 FREE meetings, in each sport, to review rules and case situations this Fall.
Members that officiated the sport of Basketball were provided 6 FREE preseason meetings.
Our Baseball and Softball Umpires were invited to attend our annual clinics in both sports and 6 FREE meetings for each sport.  These meetings were used to discuss rule and mechanics changes.
Since June 1, 2010 the EAOA has offered its members 308 learning opportunities.

elgin area Officials Association

Welcome to the online home of the ELGIN AREA OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION.
The EAOA was created to assist our members in improving their officiating skills and building their officiating schedules.

​We work with new officials that want to learn how to become a referee or umpire.