Classes were key to officiating skills

Posted2/4/2018 1:00 AM

There definitely is a shortage of high school officials as identified in a Guest View on Monday, Jan. 29.

But applying to be an official, paying the fee and taking the test isn't enough to guarantee success and satisfaction. I started refereeing high school boys football 15 years ago.

Yes, I am one of the few women football officials in Illinois. I had the opportunity to take a class when I started to learn how to officiate football. I believe that class made the difference in helping me to stay in the avocation. Officiating has opened so many doors for me and has afforded me so many opportunities I never would have had.

I encourage everyone to try officiating. A good place to look for classes on how to be an official are available at Good luck!

Laurie Jordan


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