After graduating from the University of Iowa Law School in 1959, Fritz turned his love of athletics to officiating. He officiated football and basketball in Iowa from 1959-63. He also worked both sports at the small college level.
He moved his growing family to Arizona in 1963; and admittedly needing additional income, became an AIA official in 1966. It turned out to be a labor of love and success. He advanced rapidly culminating in being assigned 18 State Championship games in basketball and one in football. He worked the State playoffs in both sports for over 40 consecutive years. He was also active in officials organizations serving on the Board of Directors and President in both sports. Fritz was the first President of the National Federation of Interscholastic Association and received the NFIOA's Distinguished Service Award. In 2012, he was awarded the Bob Madrid Outstanding Official Award by the National Football Foundation, Valley of the Sun Chapter.
Fritz was the recognized leader of the Scottsdale Area officials in both sports and has had the opportunity to mentor many officials who have gone on to successful careers. This will always be his lasting legacy.