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MOA Testing and Training

Concussion Training

Governor Bullock signed the Dylan Steigers Protection of Youth Athletes Act into law and the requirements of the law mirror the NFHS/MHSA Return to Play rules that have been in place for the past few years but there are a few additional requirements of the law.  Below is an overview of the law and how it will pertain to MOA officials: 

  1. An athletic trainer, coach, or official shall remove a youth athlete from participation in any organized youth athletic activity at the time the youth exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion.  (Same as current return to play rules)
  2. Each school district in this state offering organized youth athletic activities shall adopt policies and procedures to inform athletic trainers, coaches, officials, youth athletes and parents or guardians of the nature and risk of brain injuries, including the effects of continuing to play after a concussion.  School districts shall ensure access to a training program which meets the requirements stated previously and each official, coach and athletic trainer shall complete the training program at least once each school year.  (The MHSA/MOA will require each official to take the “NFHS Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know” course each year to satisfy the education requirement of the law.)
  3. The online concussion course must be viewed after June 1st for an official to be eligible for the coming school year.  The deadline for viewing the course will coincide with the deadline for viewing the rules clinic for each sport.  For officials who work more than one sport, you must complete the concussion course by the rules clinic deadline for your first sport of the year.  The concussion course must be completed only once per school year but it must be completed before officiating any high school scrimmage or game. The course certificate must show the full name in which you are registered. The penalty for not completing the concussion clinic by the deadline will be immediate suspension from the MOA until proof of concussion training is produced.  Also, as with rules clinic deadlines, if you fail to complete concussion training prior to the published deadline, you will incur a loss of rating and loss of eligibility for post season assignment.  The MOA official, by Montana state law, cannot work any scrimmage or contest until the concussion clinic has been viewed.

The NFHS concussion course is accessed via
NFHS Learn (MHSA Rules Clinic) Instruction Sheet

Instruction Sheet (Concussion)

Video instructions to order and view the NFHS concussion course.

Video tutorials  

When viewing is complete a confirmation page will appear from which you can download a copy of your completion certificate.

MOA Study Clubs


Study clubs are an integral part of the official training program of the MOA and provide a continuous learning opportunity.  The MOA office will provide appropriate study club materials for review and training.  The Directors are responsible to facilitate study clubs in their region and for reporting attendance to the MOA office. 

An official must attend at least six (6) study clubs in basketball, football, volleyball and/or wrestling in order to receive credit toward their rating.  An official in soccer and/or softball must attend a minimum of four (4) study clubs.  It is recommended that study clubs begin at least one week prior to the start of each season.

If an MOA member’s employment prevents him/her from attending study clubs, the official may receive credit for attendance if they comply as follows:

1.  Make prior arrangements with the Director or head of the pool. 

2.  Complete and present the study club outlines to the Director or head of the pool in advance of the meeting they will miss.

3.  Request an exception from the MOA office for certain military actions or other extenuating circumstances.

4.  An official whose employment requires him/her to be away from home during the week may attend study clubs at an alternate pool location if he/she receives permission from the regional director(s) and the MOA Commissioner. 

Testing and Training

2022-2023 MOA Requirements

MHSA Rules Clinic Requirement-Renewed Officials

         Dates: Open and Close per season/sport

              Fall (Soccer, Football, Volleyball)               August 1-August 21, 2022

              Winter (Basketball, Wrestling)                   November 1-27, 2022

              Spring (Softball, Baseball)                            March 1-19th, 2023         

NFHS Concussion in Sport Requirement

June 1st, 2022-All officials must take the Concussion requirement no earlier than this date for 2022-23.

        Dates: Open and Close per season/sport

            Renewed Officials

            Fall (Soccer, Football, Volleyball)              August 1-August 21, 2022

            Winter (Basketball, Wrestling)                   November 1-27, 2022

            Spring (Softball, Baseball)                         March 1-19th, 2023         

Testing Dates

     New, Reinstated, Upgrading and Late Pay Officials Only

               Fall                                       August 8-21, 2022                  

               Winter                                  November 14-27, 2022                            

               Spring                                  March 6-19, 2023                                                     

Upgrades Due

Request to Upgrade Form Due Dates

Late forms will not be accepted for the 2022-23 year      

               Fall                                       August 1, 2022             

               Winter                                  November 7, 2022                     

               Spring                                   February 27, 2023


All exams will be available for eligible testing officials through the officials Dragonfly account. All Officials that are approved by the pool to upgrade must fill out a Request to Upgrade Form and return it to the MOA office for approval. Please see the forms section to access the Request to Upgrade Form.