AYO: Frequently Asked Questions


What is American Youth Officials?

American Youth Officials is a 501c(3) Not-For-Profit organization which trains males and females in the art of officiating in various youth, and adult sports.

American Youth Officials is based in New York City, New York and have been training aspiring officials for the last 15 years.

What is the cost of Training?

The training classes are free to all!

What Kind of Sports Are Covered?

While American Youth Offiicals cover primarily Youth Football during appropriate seasons. AYO also covers Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Soccer, and several other youth and adult team sports.

How Often Do You Meet?

American Youth Officials meet once a week on Thursdays in Queens, and every Wednesday in Upper Manhattan.

What Happens During These Meetings?

During the Officials' meetings in the Youth Football season, the Board of Directors will often go over rules and regulations of the game, and quiz the officials and prospective officials about the rules. The officials also have in-depth discussions concerning incidents, reports, and other happenings of that particular game that they presided over in an open-forum style. Also, games are assigned to officials during meetings and dues are collected.

I'm Interested in Officiating Youth Football games, what equipment will I need?

You will need the following items

  1. A Referee Shirt, Thin-Striped.
  2. Football Officials' Pants with White Stripe.
  3. Plain Black Sneakers, preferably Cleats.
  4. Yellow Flag, preferably two.
  5. Blue Bean Bag, preferably two.
  6. Yardage Clip
  7. Whistle, preferably Finger Whistle
  8. National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Youth Football Rulebook