In the late 1930s, the Southwest Conference (SWC) recognized the need
for training sports officials and developing local officials
associations under the umbrella of the Southwest Officials Association
(SOA) throughout the state. While the SWC was motivated by a commitment
to improving officiating and athletics, the overriding belief was that such a structure would result in better trained officials for SWC
competition. As a result, the Southwest Conference Official's
Association (SWOA) was formed to handle football and basketball
Though originally formed to train collegiate
officials, many high school officials joined the SWOA ranks. In 1977,
the Texas football, basketball, and baseball officiating associations
recognized the need to form a statewide governing body for high school
officials. As a result, the Southwest Officials Association (SOA) was
formed, with an office based in Dallas. Since the formation of the SOA
in 1977, the volleyball, softball, and soccer divisions were added under
the SOA umbrella.
In 1999 the SOA changed its name to the Texas
Association of Sports Officials (TASO). After a brief tenure in
Mesquite and Austin, the TASO office relocated to its current location in
With the University Interscholastic League (UIL) governing high school athletics in Texas, and the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS), the largest organization of private schools in Texas, TASO provides officials for UIL and TAPPS contests. Though independent of both organizations, TASO works closely with the UIL and TAPPS in providing officials for sports contests.
every other state, TASO is an independent organization of sports
officials governed by sports officials. Each of the six divisions is
individually governed by a board of directors comprised of officers and
regional directors elected by the membership throughout the state.
Overall TASO policy is set by the TASO board of directors. The TASO
board of directors is comprised of the president and president-elect (or
vice president), of each of the six sports.
Current TASO membership is approximately 14,000 members in 155 local chapters throughout the state.