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to Mayer, the North­ern As­so­ci­a­tion cur­rently only has five of­fi­cials in place to work high school var­sity games. The group cov­ers four coun­ties — Caro­line, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot — six pub­lic schools and three pri­vate schools, in ad­di­tion to mid­dle school and parks and rec. Pub­lic school games are sched­uled for Mon­days and Wed­nes­days this year, but if there’s three or more games at a time, pro­vid­ing suf­fi­cient of­fi­ci­at­ing is a prob­lem.

“Nor­mally we have two, three games at a time,” Mayer said. “So you’ve got five of­fi­cials that are go­ing to have to be avail­able all the time and cover all the games. And if there’s more than three games set up on a day, I can’t cover them. You’ve got to have good of­fi­cials on there.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in of­fi­ci­at­ing can con­tact Mayer at 410-310-8134. Pay is based on the level of play, with two of­fi­cials earn­ing $140 each for ref­er­ee­ing var­sity and ju­nior var­sity games on the same day. Of­fi­cials are re­quired to at­tend the Mary­land Pub­lic Sec­ondary Schools Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion rules meet­ing sched­uled for 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Aug. 10, at Saints Peter and Paul High School. Prac­tic­ing on the field is sched­uled dur­ing scrim­mages and play days.

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