All right tell the truth, you've been reffing from the stands for years. But seriously, there's a shortage of basketball officials in the area, and classes are starting the end of September!

Eastern Maine Board #111 of IAABO Certified Basketball Officials is seeking individuals in the Eastern Maine area that are interested in becoming a certified basketball official.Classes are being offered in Ellsworth, Hampden, Corinna, East Millinocket,  and Rockland/Thomaston.

The first class will be on Sunday September 24th at Reed's Brook Middle School in Hampden for all those in the Eastern Maine area that want to become certified. The  regional classes will be announced with dates and times at that time..

The class involves 16-20 hours of classroom work on the rules, a written rules test , then participants would have two sessions of floor work culminating in a floor test of officiating an actual game. There is a course fee of $110, which includes rulebooks, class materials and all testing.

Individuals interested should contact Dave Ames, Board #111 Interpreter, to request an information sheet and application. E-mail at or call 789-5118.

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