How To Register

NEW officials are individuals who have never previously been a licensed official with the SDHSAA or any other state association in any sport. TRANSFER officials are individuals who have previously licensed with a state association other than the SDHSAA and are now electing to fully license in South Dakota.

Application Deadlines

  • Competitive Cheer, Competitive Dance, Cross Country, Soccer = October 1
  • Football, Volleyball = November 1
  • Gymnastics, Wrestling = February 1
  • Basketball = March 1
  • Track & Field = April 1


Registration Steps

  1. If NEW, skip to Step 2. If TRANSFER, contact Marsha at the SDHSAA office (605-224-9261 or marsha.karst@sdhsaa.com) to be added to the SDHSAA officials listing.
  2. Create a User Account with Varsity Bound on the SDHSAA website.
  3. Complete online registration and submit payment in one of two ways:
    1. Pay online with credit card – transaction fees will be added to all online payments
    2. Pay by mail with cash or check – please indicate “OFFICIAL REGISTRATION” on check or envelope

RETURNING officials are individuals who have registered to be a licensed official with the SDHSAA in any sport prior to the current school year. Individuals transferring from another state are also considered renewal officials.


Application Deadlines

  • All sports = July 1
  • Competitive Cheer, Competitive Dance, Cross Country, Soccer = October 1 ($20 late fee applied after July 1)
  • Football, Volleyball = November 1 ($20 late fee applied after July 1)
  • Gymnastics, Wrestling = February 1 ($20 late fee applied after July 1)
  • Basketball = March 1 ($20 late fee applied after July 1)
  • Track & Field = April 1 ($20 late fee applied after July 1)


Registration Steps

  1. Create a User Account with Varsity Bound on the SDHSAA website.
  2. Complete online registration and submit payment in one of two ways:
    1. Pay online with credit card – transaction fees will be added to all online payments
    2. Pay by mail with cash or check – please indicate “OFFICIAL REGISTRATION” on check or envelope

RECIPROCITY officials are individuals who wish to officiate varsity athletic contests in South Dakota, but elect to fully license with another state association.


Application Deadlines

  • All sports = None


Registration Steps

  1. Create a User Account with Varsity Bound on the SDHSAA website.
  2. Complete online registration and submit payment in one of two ways:
    1. Pay online with credit card – transaction fees will be added to all online payments
    2. Pay by mail with cash or check – please indicate “OFFICIAL REGISTRATION” on check or envelope

The South Dakota High School Activities Association will serve member schools by providing leadership in the development, supervision, and conduct of interscholastic activities which enrich the educational experiences of high school students. The SDHSAA is committed to the ideals that will provide equitable participation opportunities and positive recognition to students, while working cooperatively with all schools to enhance the achievement of desired educational goals.

804 N Euclid Ave, Suite 102, PO Box 1217,  Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: 605-224-9261 | Fax: 605-224-9262

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