AYO: Frequently Asked Questions


What is American Youth Officials?

American Youth Officials is a 501 (c)(3) organization which trains their members by providing benefits and services that enhances the images of sports officials as they officiate various youth and adult sports throughout the surrounding New York Metropolitan Area.

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

How Do I Become A Member?

To become a member, you must attend the weekly meetings, located in Queens or in Upper Manhattan, and pay Membership dues, which is currently $150 annually.

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 and individual sports.

How Often Do You Meet?

American Youth Officials meet once a week on via Zoom. We also will hold in-person meetings and on-field trainings during the season. We will notify you when we have the in-person meetings and trainings.

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, preferably 2" striped. Long and Short-Sleeve
  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