If you are reading this, you are considering becoming a professional referee. Congratulations!
Congratulations! You are on your way to joining one of the most rewarding pursuits anywhere. Many of our officials are former athletes who played football when they were younger and want to keep up with the game. It’s a great way to give back. Officials are a close-knit fraternity of sorts. Being a referee allows you to not only work with people who have a common interest, but you will also make some extra money along the way. It’s a great way to stay close to the sport you love and the people who keep it going.
You’ve found the website of the Eastern Officials Association. Our association is the go-to organization for officials in multiple sports, and with organizations at multiple levels in Virginia and North Carolina. Our officials work with community leagues, high schools, and colleges in the region.
The Eastern Officials Association is a non-profit organization representing professional umpires, referees, and officials for baseball, softball, volleyball, football, swimming and diving. We provide training, monitor the efficiency and professionalism of our officials, and we are organized to provide work for our members. Our Executive Board represents the interests of our members and serves the group regionally.
You can read the EOA Constitution as well as the Policies and Procedures by clicking the links provided.
You’ll also need to be able to communicate using email and the internet. Our assignments are posted online and much of our communication is through email. You’ll have to check for assignments regularly, keep up with evaluations, and communicate often.