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Football officials clinic set for Riverton

Aug 8, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Wyoming High School Activities Association has scheduled two high school football rules clinics in Riverton on Thursday, Aug. 9, and Wednesday, Aug. 15. The clinics are designed for anyone interested in being a football official at the middle school or high school level, according to longtime Riverton official Mike Harris. Both clinics begin at 7 p.m. at the James H. Moore Career Center in Riverton.

Officials in the Riverton area belong to the Riverton Official Association, which provide officials to all sub-varsity and middle school games in Fremont County except for Lander.

People without any officiating experience are welcome to attend the clinics and learn how to be a football official, according to Harris.

"We have all sorts of junior high, ninth-grade and junior varsity games," Harris said, adding that new officials won't be placed in varsity level games and will get to learn by working with experienced officials.

People interested in attending a clinic should register at the Wyoming High School Activities Association website at whsaa.org.

During the season, the Riverton Officials Association meets every two weeks to schedule games and review officiating issues.

Initially, association members will sit down together and go through the rules test and discuss issues and questions that may arise while taking the test.

Harris also is teaching a half-semester football officials class at Central Wyoming College this fall.

Those interested in learning more can call Harris at 856-5163.

"We need officials badly, and it is fun," Harris said.

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