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.  The Ohio Water Polo Referees’ Association (OWPRA) assigns referees for all Ohio high school water polo games, as well as some youth and adult/masters water polo games throughout the year.

The following is a list of tasks you need to complete to become a “member in good standing” of the OWPRA.

  • 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 and your membership follows a calendar year (ends on December 31st regardless of the date joined). Note that your dues include liability insurance, are non refundable and will not be prorated.
  • Rules Test
    • Complete the Annual High School 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.  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. You may purchase a rule book by clicking here
  • The OWPRA will communicate open assignments throughout the year. Prior to the begining of the Fall High School Season, OWPRA’s Supervisor will contact everyone by email who has expressed a prior interest in refereeing.
  • 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 by clicking here. 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 to OWPRA’s Supervisor