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Posted November 17, 2021
Dan Campbell, longtime football and baseball official who teaches classes for new officials spoke with Mike Violette in August about why there is a shortage of officials, not only in football but other sports as well.
If you're interested in becoming a football official, Dan will teach the Bangor chapter of the Maine Association of Football Officials annual class for new officials beginning next August.
Anyone interested in taking the free prospective officials’ course through the Bangor chapter of the Maine Association of Football Officials may sign up by contacting Campbell at 207-478-0822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Listen to Dan's interview on the Mike Violette Show
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November 17, 2021
(WVII Sports Editor; Dave Peck)
STATEWIDE – Questions surrounding official availability has been ongoing not just in Maine, but across the country. Numbers are down and that trend doesn’t seem to be changing as we enter the high school winter season, but one official in particular is intent on addressing the issue.
On Wednesday morning, longtime referee Jeff Scully, a liaison for the MPA’s All Sports Officials Advisory Panel, launched a new website, mainesportsofficials.com as phase one in creating a new umbrella organization separate of the MPA that can serve as a resource for all things Maine officials. Read More
MAINE SPORTS OFFICIALS
is dedicated to promoting quality sports officiating throughout the Pine Tree state, and helping the many sports officials associations, boards, and organizations recruit and retain members.
The National Association of Sports Officials; (NASO) has a variety of free, short videos that officials associations can use to help promote the benefits of becoming a certified sports official.
Maine Sports Officials 2021
Less than 12 hours after our website went live, we received our first inquiry from a Mainer who was looking for information on how to become a hockey official.
He just clicked on the email address on the hockey page, and his inquiry was sent to the right person.
Thank you, John G.; South Portland, Hayli H,; Scarborough and Tom L.; Cedar Falls, Iowa, for your generous donations. Also thanks to David B.; Portland; Brad F. Gray; Dan C. Bangor; Chris F. Thomaston.
How can we recruit new officials, especially those who are under the age of 30, who will officiate for many years? The answers aren’t easy.
The solution to the shortage of referees in the state and across the country is attracting young people to officiating, selling it as an extension to their athletics careers beyond high school and college.
Do you have any used equipment or uniform items you'd like to donate to a new official?
Tell us here, and we'll add it to our donations page
(New Officials looking for donated items can contact you directly to arrange for pickup, deliver, or shipping)
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