The High School soccer seasons begins in a couple of weeks and while players and coaches are getting ready for the year so are soccer officials. Rene Cloukey tells us that just like all areas of the State there is a need for more soccer referees.They held a clinic on Saturday July 28th for prospective officials.
Every sport in the State is in the need for more officials. This includes soccer. Ryan Guerrette is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Aroostook County Soccer Officials. He says that County would like to add more officials to the roster.
(Ryan Guerrette):"We have an adequate amount, but we are at the low end. Looking at our board just like every board is aging. We don't have a lot of young guys or gals getting into it right now."
Guerrette says that the board is working hard on increasing membership. They will be having a clinic for new officials on Saturday.
Guerrette:" Every year we have a new soccer officials clinic. The one this year is Saturday at 8:40 am at Caribou High School at the Ski Building. Anyone can come take the class and we will train you to be a soccer official in Aroostook County."
New candidates will start at the sub varsity level. They will be put to work pretty quickly because of the amount of games in a wide geographic area.
Guerrette:" The soccer season is long and it is busy. There are a lot of games. We cover from Fort Kent to Stacyville and over to Danforth. A lot of schools that we cover Middle School,jayvee, varsity games. There is always a lot of games to cover."
The hope is that more young people get involved in officiating and that will help down the road when some of the veteran officials decide to hang up the whistle. Rene Cloukey NewsSource Sports.