The Oregon Athletic Officials Association (OAOA) and the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) are recruiting officials for the upcoming high school fall sports seasons. There is an immediate need for officials in the sports of football, volleyball and soccer.
"Oregon has an urgent need for officials in all sports," OAOA Executive Director Jack Folliard said. "Officials provide valuable service to high schools and students, make a positive impact in the community and build relationships."
Becoming a high school official has several benefits including staying involved in athletics, maintaining good physical condition and of course earning money. The fee schedule â€“ which is in the final year of a four-year agreement with the OSAA in 2022-23 â€“ calls for football and basketball officials to receive $73.50 for each 6A, 5A and 4A varsity contest. The fees drop from there, depending on sport, classification, size of crew and level of contest.
The number of officials in Oregon which had been dropping prior to last year, saw a slight uptick last season, but remains well below the numbers pre-COVID. Folliard believes over time that they can once again be at pre-COVID levels, but at the same time understands that said rebound will take some time.
"I think it will be a slow rebound," he said. "I can't see it jumping immediately back to the numbers we had."
What happens in 2022-23 will go a long way toward revealing how much the associations can bounce back from the latest decline.
"We really have no way of knowing what people are thinking about out there," Folliard said. "The first clue will be the fall season."
The registration period for football, volleyball and soccer officials ends Sept. 30, 2022.
Individuals interested in learning more about officiating or who would like to register can do so at the OSAA website at osaa.org.
You can also find your newest officials association at newofficials.org.
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