Determine why you want to become a sports official: extra money, stay involved in sports, stay physically active, networking, etc. The list is endless but it is important to know your initial "why".
Think about what sports you want to officiate, how often, what level(s) you aspire to reach, and who can start the journey with you. Write it down and review it with a mentor, family member or trusted friend.
Become a registered sports official through your local and state association. Attend rules meetings and training clinics. Get all of the resources and education to prepare for your first sporting contest.
Each sport requires an officiating uniform, footwear, accessories and other gear. It is important to have high quality equipment.
Attend training camps, clinics, and meetings. Seek out mentors and experienced officials to learn from. Study rules and mechanics.
With the help of your mentors and local resources find opportunities to work scrimmages, practices, and eventually competitive contests.