With an increasing number of schools to serve and aging within its ranks, the Bangor chapter of the Maine Association of Football Officials is looking for some new members.
“For anyone who likes football, this is a good way to stay in the game,” said veteran football official Alan Kochis, a member of the Bangor chapter.
That chapter, one of four in the state, covers high schools from Millinocket to Belfast and this fall will serve two new varsity programs in Hermon and at Washington Academy in East Machias. Those schools, and the expected addition of Ellsworth to the varsity ranks in the next year or two, will bring to 18 the number of high schools served by the board.
“And that doesn’t count all the middle schools,” Kochis said.
The board numbered 46 officials for the 2010 season, but a couple of members were inactive, Kochis said.
Last year just three prospective football officials joined the chapter, but one has since left to go off to college and another did not return due to family reasons, Kochis said, leaving just one new official who has stayed with the sport — while three veteran officials left the board after last season.
“We’re an aging bunch,” said Kochis. “We really need five or six new people each year that will stick with it.”
Officials receive $64 for working a varsity game and $45 for a sub-varsity contest, such as JV or middle school.
Classes for prospective officials this year begin Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the ROTC room of Bangor High School, and continue for 11 weeks.
The first four weeks of the class will be devoted to the rules of the game and positioning on the field. Once the area’s middle-school season starts in mid-September, new officials then will have the opportunity to begin working games.
For more information, call Kochis at 356-2197 or Allen Snell at 825-4515.