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Officials needed at all levels of high school sports
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Looking to make some extra cash, be more physically active and work with kids?  Then becoming an official might be for you.

"We are always looking for good new people to come in to the officiating business and get the training and climb the ladder to the varsity level," stated Dick Durost, executive director of the Maine Principals' Association

"Almost always there's enough officials on a board available to do the varsity games," explained Durost.   "The JV level, the freshman level, and certainly down into the middle school level, that's the training grounds.  That's where we need, across the state, new people interested in building the skills, and knowledge to go with it, and provide the training ground for those officials that ultimately do the varsity games."

While some sports like field hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, ice hockey and track consistently deal with shortages in the number of officials available, every sport could use a boost in the number of people trained and willing to work at various athletic events.

"We're there to do the best job that we can to make sure the game is conducted in a fair and positive manner," explained Allan Snell, who has been officiating football games for over 30 years.  "I always say there are probably an equal number of mistakes during the game by the participants, the coaches and the officials.  Hopefully the officials have less!"

Snell says it is a great way to stay active in a sport he loves and be involved with youth.

The Maine Princpals' Association has contact information for people interested in becoming officials in any sport, and encourages everyone and anyone to get involved.

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