How To Join

In Ohio, the boys and girls high school water polo seasons run concurrently during the autumn from the middle of August to late October.  OWPRA assigns the referees for all Ohio high school water polo games, as well as some youth and adult/masters water polo games throughout the year.

Following is a list of tasks you need to complete to become a “member in good standing” of OWPRA.  The list is not necessarily in chronological order.

  • Membership Application
    • The application must be completed annually and your membership follows a calendar year (ends on December 31st regardless of the date joined).  It is recommended that this application be completed and submitted early in the calendar year so OWPRA’s Supervisor (assignor of officials) knows who will be available for games during the upcoming season.
  • Pay Annual Dues
    • Your dues must be paid annually.  Note that your dues include a copy of the most current issue of the NFHS (“high school”) water polo rules and liability insurance. This page is currently under construction as the dues for 2017 have not been determined.
  • Rules Test
    • Complete the Annual Rules Test once you have filled out your application and paid your annual dues. This will test your knowledge of the NFHS water polo rules and their application.  The test is open-book and you may retake the test as many times as you like.  You will receive written instructions on how to access and complete the on-line rules test once you have submitted your application and paid your annual dues.
  • The OWPRA will communicate open assignments throughout the year. Prior to the the Fall High School season begins, OWPRA’s Supervisor contacts everyone by email who has expressed a prior interest in refereeing.
    •  The Supervisor assigns referees to the games and tournaments using the criteria published in OWPRA’s <link to policies and procedures>.
  • OWPRA has prepared four “Tip-Sheets.”  The “Tip Sheets” cover the following topics:
    1. Professionalism
    2. Instructions to new referees
    3. Referee attire & equipment
    4. Pregame checklist
  • You may choose to read OWPRA’s Constitution & Bylaws and Policies & Procedures. These documents explain the governance of OWPRA as well as your rights and responsibilities as a member of OWPRA.

Questions regarding any of these steps should be addressed OWPRA’s Supervisor