Code of Ethics
This Code of Ethics, set up by the AHSAA, establishes the standards of conduct for all officials.
1. An official must devote time, thought and study to the rules of the game and the mechanics necessary to carry out these rules so that effective and creditable service may be rendered in a fair and unbiased manner.
2. An official must work with fellow officials and the state association in a spirit of harmony and cooperation in spite of any differences of opinion that may arise.
3. An official must resist every temptation and outside pressure to use the position as an official for personal benefit. Under all circumstances, officials must avoid promoting the special interest of any person or group other than the athletes being serve.
4. An official must constantly uphold the honor and dignity of the avocation in all personal conduct and relationships with student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, school administrators, colleagues and the public in order to set a worthy example for the athletes under the official’s jurisdiction.
5. An official must be prepared both physically and mentally, dress according to the uniform code and maintain a proper appearace that is befitting the importance of the contest.
6. An official must remember and recognize the importance of honoring contracts regardless of possible inconvenience or financial loss.
Every member of the officiating profession carries a responsibility to act in a manner becoming a professional. The conduct of any official influences the attitude of the public toward the profession in general as well as toward the official in particular.
Officials may be reprimanded, fined and/or suspended for any conduct unbecoming of an official or any violation of the Code of Ethics