Stay Involved In Sports By Becoming An Official

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The Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley is looking for a few good men.

Once he finds them, their duties will be to officiate the fall sports of football, soccer and volleyball.

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The Arizona Interscholastic Association and Payson High School Athletic Director Dave Bradley are asking that anyone interested in officiating high school fall sports attend a clinic Saturday, Aug. 12 in Holbrook.

"We need to get more younger officials coming in and we'll do everything we can to help them," Bradley said.

He envisions the young officials beginning their careers working underclass games locally and moving up to varsity games once they gain more experience.

First year officials can expect to officiate freshman and jayvee games for which they'll be compensated $25 to $35 per game.

Veteran officials may be called upon to travel the state. They will receive up to $50 per game and will be paid a mileage fee for travel.

Prospective officials must pay a registration fee of $45 for the first sport officiated and $25 for each additional. They will also spend some money on uniforms and equipment.

The first step in becoming a high school official is to attend an Arizona Interscholastic Association clinic on Aug. 12 in Holbrook.

For those interested, Bradley will provide school van transportation that will depart near the PHS football field at 8 a.m. The van is expected to return to Payson about 3 p.m.

At the clinic, candidates will complete an AIA packet of registration material, receive a rules handbook, discuss rule changes and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old, have knowledge of the rules of the sports they officiate and a love of athletics and kids, Bradley said. Official must also possess good physical ability, self-confidence, personal integrity and the determination to work hard.

While the requirements to becoming an official are demanding, Bradley says there are plenty of rewards in the profession, including staying involved in sports, exercise, chance to work with kids and extra pocket money.

For more information, call Bradley at (928) 474-2233.

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