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.