Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley is pleading for more prep sports officials.
"We need them for all levels, varsity, jayvee and freshmen," he said. They are needed for the sports of football, volleyball and fall soccer.
Although Payson High now plays soccer in the winter months along with other class 4A schools, prospective officials could work 3A games during the fall then pick up 4A games later in the year, Bradley said.
Officials can earn up to $35 for freshman and jayvee games and $45 for varsity contests.
Although prospective officials should have a knowledge of sports, Bradley says he and veterans referees will work with rookies to teach them the nuances of the job.
"We won't throw new ones right into varsity, they can learn the job on the lower levels," he said.
To become an Arizona Interscholastic Association certified official, candidates must pass a take-home test on their respective sports.
A clinic to help prepare candidates for taking the test and for actually officiating will be Aug. 7 in Holbrook.
Anyone interested can travel with Bradley in a school van to the clinic. The van will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the PUSD bus barn.
To sign up for the trip or for more information on officiating, call Shaun Thomas or Bradley at (928) 474-2233.