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Purchase Officials Discount Codes for Baseball/Softball Gear

Purchase Officials has been a key partner with the MDAO for many years. Because they were not able to attend our Baseball/Softball opening meeting, they’ve set up some special limited time discount codes.

To take advantage of this offer go to their website and use the discount code(s) below.

The following two discount codes will expire Sunday April 10.
MDAO10 – Good for 10% off discount eligible products. Purchase Officials Supplies offers free standard shipping in the US for order totals over $100, so this is the best option for larger purchases
MDAOSHIP – Offers free standard shipping. Better choice for smaller orders where waiving the shipping cost is a better value than 10% off

Enter either of these codes at checkout when shopping on www.purchaseofficials.com. Only one discount code is valid per purchase.

Tom Flynn Receives Allen W. Bush Award

Birmingham Groves’ Thomas Flynn is a leader of Michigan high school athletic programs who has put education and providing a positive student experience at the forefront of his work, while also becoming known among colleagues for his guidance and assistance to others striving to build the same foundations at their schools. He made Groves the home of all Metro Detroit Athletic Officials (MDAO) meetings and has received recognition for his service to the Oakland County Wrestling Officials Association.

The Allen W. Bush Award is bestowed annually to an administrator, coach, official, trainer, doctor, or member of the media who has at least 15 years of experience in Michigan interscholastic athletics with unusually frequent and significant contributions to the MHSAA. 

Tom Flynn Receiving Allen W. Bush Video

Press Release

Thank you Tom for your support to high school athletics, our association and officials everywhere.

Test Review Meeting (Virtual) Reminder & Link

We will be reviewing the MHSAA Basketball test for post season consideration tonight. As we have done with other test reviews, we will have an interactive quiz available for those on laptops and desktops.
We strongly encourage you to review the test beforehand. A pdf version of the test questions are available at:

Wednesday December 15 from 7:00pm-8:00pm
Please share this information with anyone currently officiating football.
Meeting ID: 836 5287 8109

Basketball Tip Off Meeting

Monday November 1st at 6:30pm
Birmingham Groves High School

20500 W 13 Mile Rd Beverly Hills MI 48025

In the little theater on the West side of the high school.

Come early to register with us and visit vendors for officiating gear
Floor demonstration for newer officials
Local coaches to discuss games that will have a shot clock
Meet with local assignors
Please remember that one of the requirements to be tournament eligible is be a member in good standing with a local approved association.

New this year, electronic payment is possible!
Most major apps are available including Zelle, Google Pay, PayPal and Venmo. Please send payment to mdaomike@gmail.com and include your name, officials ID and your preferred email address.

Dues can still be paid by completing a hard copy registration form available on our website at:
and mailing check to:
MDAO 11204 Hickory Grove Ct. South Lyon MI 48178

As a reminder, we’ve been advised by MHSAA to clear out our members in good standing for each sport every year. To be considered a member in good standing with the MDAO for a sport, remember to:

1) pay your dues for the year

2) submit an updated registration form (even if your information has not changed) and

3) attend at least two meetings in each sport you officiate.
If you have conflicts attending at least two meetings in the sport(s) you officiate, please email us at: metrodetroitathleticofficials@gmail.com

Look forward to seeing you there!

Reminder Football Kick Off Save the Date

This a reminder for the annual Metro Detroit Athletic Officials Football Kickoff Clinic
This meeting is planned to be in person!
Detailed agenda to follow shortly.

Saturday August 7th at 9:00am
Birmingham Groves High School Big Auditorium closest to Evergreen Rd. 20500 W 13 Mile Rd Beverly Hills MI 48025

Come early to register with us and purchase officiating gear available from:
Look forward to seeing you there!

MDAO 21-22 Dues

Dues for the next school year (21-22) can now be paid. Your dues help to pay for items such as HUDL access for film sharing, Arbiter access for the association and resources for communicating with you. Dues are the same as last year which is $50 for one or more sports.

New this year, electronic payment is possible! Most major apps are available including Zelle, Google Pay, PayPal and Venmo. Please send payment to mdaomike@gmail.com and include your name, officials ID and your preferred email address.

Dues can still be paid by completing a hard copy registration form available on our website at:
and mailing check to:
MDAO11204 Hickory Grove Ct.South Lyon MI 48178

Being a Member In Good Standing with an approved association is a requirement by the MHSAA to be eligible for tournament games. This includes paying annual dues and attending relevant meetings. So don’t delay!

COVID Vaccination Opportunity for Sports Officials!

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Lake Shore Public Schools is pleased to announce a vaccination clinic for Lake Shore Public Schools on Saturday February 27th located at Ascension St. John Hospital Urgent Care in Harrison Township. The second dose will be administered on Saturday March 27th at the same location. This clinic will serve those that require both doses and an appointment must be made in order to receive the vaccination.    At this time, find ourselves in the position to offer limited vaccination appointments to the sports officials that may serve our district, as we understand the important role you play in the lives of our students.   

Click the link below to schedule these appointments by 11:59 p.m. TODAY, Wednesday, February 24, 2021

COVID Vaccination Appointment

Ascension St. John Hospital Urgent Care25990 Crocker Blvd. Harrison Township, MI 48045

The Moderna Vaccine will be used which is a TWO dose series – You MUST be available for BOTH dates to sign up! Dose #1- Saturday, February 27th Dose #2 – Saturday, March 27th Your appointment time will be the same for BOTH dates.

Please join us in THANKING the Lake Shore Staff for this tremendous opportunity and for their support of High School Officials!

Reminder Second Basketball Meeting Link

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This meeting will focus on rule changes and points of emphasis for the 20-21 season.

Monday November 30 from 6:30pm-7:30pm
Please share this information with anyone interested in officiating basketball.

We have it set up so you won’t need a passcode. Just click the link if joining by computer audio or use any of the phone numbers below if you need to.

Dial by your location

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 839 0710 8088

Hope to you can join us Monday!
Thank you more than ever this year for your patience, dedication

Save the Dates and Important Updates

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We don’t yet know when the pause will be lifted in Michigan. Right now we’ll plan for basketball starting back up after December 8th as scheduled. To help prepare for that we will schedule two upcoming virtual Zoom meetings. Dates & times are below with Zoom links to follow shortly.

Monday November 30 from 6:30pm-7:30pm

(Review New Rules & Discuss Points of Emphasis)

Monday December 7 from 6:30pm-7:45pm

(Review Exam for Postseason Consideration)

Please read the important note below about due dates!
MHSAA indicates that due dates for the items below will likely not change with the exception of submitting your season schedules. Take the opportunity of the delayed start to the season to go through the items below and address them as needed.

Member in Good Standing (Submit Form & Payment Before Thanksgiving)
To be a Member in Good Standing (MIGS) with an Approved Association, officials must be up to date on association dues and attend 50% of the association meetings. This is not new this year, but has been stressed by the MHSAA. Since we will not be meeting in person, you may fill out a registration form by clicking on the following link and mailing it and payment to:

Metro Detroit Athletic Officials

11204 Hickory Grove Ct.South Lyon, Michigan 48178

You can check your MIGS status at the link below. Please note that MIGS status for basketball season has not yet been fully updated for our membership, but will be done so soon.

Rules Meeting (Due Thursday 12/10/20)
Please log onto the MHSAA Officials Services page to complete the required rules meeting(s).

Submit a Season Schedule(s) (Due Tuesday 12/1/20 – May Be Extended)
If you work both boys and girls basketball, you will need to submit TWO different schedules. Don’t forget to select which Zone you primarily work in. For almost all of us, it will be Zone 3.

Basketball Officials Exam (Due Thursday 12/10/20)
Please remember to log into the MHSAA Officials Services page under Exams to complete it. It’s available to complete now. Once you start it though, you must finish it. We recommend reviewing a pdf copy first and/or waiting until our exam review meeting on December 7th.

Availability and Conflicts (Due Thursday 12/10/20)
List any dates you cannot officiate in the post-season and/or any school(s) that you have a conflict of interest with.

Thank you