Georgia Athletic Officials Association

The purpose of the Georgia Athletic Officials' Association (GAOA) is to organize Georgia's athletic officials into a cohesive, statewide association that encourages excellence in all sports, emphasizes sportsmanship, fair-play and integrity at all levels, and provides services and support for the benefit of its membership.

- Alan Smith, Executive Director
(912) 585-8391

The GAOA give Ray McClure's Five Star Basketball course the highest rating for a quality training course after I attended it. I encourage all officials to attend this superb course. You will receive a large return on your investment for attending Ray McClure's Five Star Basketball course as I did. The GAOA, a not-for profit 501-c-3 organization, does not receive any financial support from Ray McClure or from his Five Star Basketball course. GAOA's only benefit is in knowing that officials who attend Ray McClure's Five Star Basketball course become better officials.
Becoming a high school sport official is as easy as 1, 2, 3: First, go to the GHSA Officials Association List, find your sport, and find the contact information of the nearest Association, so they can explain the membership process.
 

GAOA Membership

The GAOA Membership Card gives members free admission to all GHSA and GISA contests, including play-offs. For $25, this membership is an excellent way to see more plays and improve.

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Officiate GA Day

The GAOA's yearly conference is Officiate GA Day, where officials from all parts of the state and from all sports come together to discuss officiating and learn new skills.

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2017 Officials of the Year

William Jones

Overall Official of the Year

Dewayne Majors

Basketball

Cameron Ellison

Softball

Jack Henderson

Baseball

Ashley Spradlin

Cheerleading

A. Nicholas Brown

Lacrosse

Doug Oertley

Wrestling

Foy Shemwell

Football

Overall Officials of the Year

Tim Tipton

2016

Jim Sneddon

2015

Jill Poole

2014

Spencer Smith

2013

Dick Kitchens

2012

Jack C. Bell

2011

Chuck Tidwell

2010

Carl Monroe

2009

James Arnold

2008

Rick Boedy

2007

W. Alan Smith

2006

Craig Stone

2005

Larry Sorrels

2004

Irv Zisselman

2003

Betty Jane Ford

2002

Walt Carter

2001

James Lange

2000

Larry Hobgood

1999

Randy Etheridge

1998

Dock Sisk

1997

Earl Fales

1996

Troy Dailey

1995

Mike Wood

1994

Tommy Stalnaker

1993

All past and current officials of the year are invited to join the GAOA at Officiate GA Day 2013 as the GAOA's board's guests. At the conference, they will receive their GAOA Lifetime Membership Card and be recognized in front of the group.


 

Smitty Official's Apparel is the Title Sponsor for Officiate GA Day 2017


 

1 Stop Sports is the GAOA Scholarship sponsor.