There is a football officials shortage in Hawaii and citizens are coming to the rescue.
According Oahu Football Officials Association recruiting chairman Jim Beavers, recent notices in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser have led to close to 20 new faces signing up.
The officials shortage has had a direct effect on the Oahu Interscholastic Association’s decision to schedule games from Wednesday through Saturday each week this fall instead of the regular Friday and Saturday slate. Some critics say this schedule is far from ideal for student-athletes who are expected to attend school on a weekday, participate in a contact sport at night, get home late, wake up early, attend school the next day and be ready for the demanding scholastic requirements.
The year’s initial meeting of the OFOA is set for June 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Aloha Stadium hospitality room. Anyone interested in signing up to become an official is welcome, Beavers said.
The first meeting will be the start of a series of training sessions to prepare existing officials for the upcoming season as well as introduce new or potentially new officials to what Beavers calls “the really fun task” of on-the-field officiating.
OFOA’s field officials and auxiliary crews are assigned to OIA, Interscholastic League of Honolulu, and Hawaii High School Athletic Association state tournament games.
Dues of $25 per person goes toward administration, including membership in the National Federation of State High School Associations), which also includes medical insurance.
Rule books and related information will be provided, according to Beavers.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 221-4923.