Bay High School teamed up with the Southeast Football Officials Association Saturday to hold an officials clinic, where the guys and gals in the black and white stripes honed their skills, while six area football teams got a chance to suit up in pads one last time before the lull of summer starts.
"It kind of gives out kids something to look forward too while practicing another week," said Bay High head coach Jimmy Longerbeam. "We play teams we normally wouldn't play, and see a variety of offenses and defenses, so it's been really good for us."
"The more reps you can get the better," said Paul Wunstell, a second year official. "This is obviously beneficial to all the schools, as they're trying to get their reps in."
"It's fun to see teams you don't see very often," agreed Daryl Shines. "Some of the bigger schools that come from the west or east. It's fun seeing those teams."
The officials did classroom work Friday before taking the field on Saturday, and field director Greg Domico said no matter the experience, Saturday was beneficial for everyone.
"We have veteran officials working with the newer guys, to try and help them, to learn what they need to do, the keys they need to look for, it's all about trying to get better."
"Today it's really about the field work," agreed Wunstell. "It's about live action, knowing where to be so we're making the right calls. We have evaluators and clinicians out here that are giving us valuable feedback that we can't get during the game. We have to hone all those skills now so that we're prepared come August or September to do the right thing."
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