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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a KSOA member?

Application for Membership can be completed on our website by clicking the Join Now tab under Membership. After successfully completing the Application for Membership, view the Pay Dues tab under Membership to find a payment option that best suits you.

What benefits do I receive as a KSOA member?

KSOA members have access to priority scheduling for youth assigning, HUDL access, in-season evaluations, educational materials, discounted clinic fees, social and networking opportunities, and more.

What are the pay dates for Youth games assigned by KSOA?

KSOA pays every other Friday, about 2:00 p.m., for games worked the prior two weeks. For example, games worked Nov 14, 2021 through Nov 28, 2021 were paid on Friday, Dec 3, 2021. Next pay period, Nov 29, 2021 through Dec 12, 2021, will be paid on Friday, Dec 17, 2021. "Every other Friday, about 2:00 p.m.". Officials are only paid through so be sure to link your bank account to your Arbiterpay account. If you have any trouble with setup, contact Arbiter at 1-800-311-4060.

How much does a KSOA membership cost and how can I pay?

Annual dues for one sport is $35, two sports is $45, three or more sports is $55. A $2 fee will be added if paying with a credit card or PayPal. Junior Membership is available, but must be approved by the Membership committee. Send your request for Junior Membership to

There are several ways you can pay. Click here to view payment options.

Are KSOA fees in addition to KSHSAA fees?

Yes. KSOA fees are separate than KSHSAA fees. KSHSAA fully supports the efforts of the KSOA. Click here and scroll down to the Association Endorsements section to view a statement from KSHSAA Executive Director Bill Faflick regarding the KSOA.

Is KSOA taking over for John Dehan and Call the Game (CTG)?

No. John and Call The Game plan to continue as Director of Officials for years to come. 

Should I send my camp payment to KSOA now or continue to send them to John Dehan?

For now, please continue to send your camp payment to John Dehan and Call the Game.

Are the board members and officers of KSOA paid?

No, the Board Members and officers of KSOA are non-paid volunteer board members and officers. We caught them at a weak moment and they all agreed, for the love of the sport, to volunteer their time and effort. And, this is stated in the Bylaws. If our bylaws are ever changed, the board is required to notify all members of KSOA.

Why did we settle on $35, $45 and $55 for annual member dues?

We feel that we can make great headway on our goals at these rates. They are also comparable to other associations in Kansas and in Kansas City, MO. A budget will be prepared and the number of members who sign up will determine where we focus our efforts. All income and expenditures will also be transparent to members at duly called membership meetings. We are excited for the opportunity to make our association great.

Is the KSOA geared toward varsity officials or will this benefit referees working at all high school levels?

As our mission statement outlines, we aim to provide a pathway for excellence in officiating for all of our members. Our goal is for every KSOA member, no matter the level they work, to receive the training and development needed to hone their craft of officiating, better serving these hardworking student athletes and coaches. The board is implementing a sub-varsity advisory council to ensure the needs of referees at all levels are being addressed and met.

Will there be KSOA merchandise available for members?

We are working on this! As this Association continues to grow and develop, the KSOA logo will be a symbol synonymous with excellence in officiating. Stay tuned to our website and social media accounts for announcements pertaining to KSOA apparel.

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