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of­fi­cials’ train­ing class on the Eastern Shore in­cluded 12 young women, all high school girls who play the sport. They were from the Easton area and Kent Is­land along with one fa­ther. All of them com­pleted the train­ing pro­gram and be­gan work­ing youth games in lo­cal leagues.

“I watched them sev­eral times dur­ing the spring sea­son and was ver y impressed with their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and abil­ity,” Gil­more said.

“At this point, you may well won­der why I write this,” he said. “The an­swer is sim­ple: we need more of­fi­cials. The girls play­ing this sport need more of­fi­cials. The coaches in this sport need more of­fi­cials. The growth of the sport re­quires more of­fi­cials. Please keep in mind that lacrosse is the fastest-grow­ing sport in the coun­try and the num­ber of of­fi­cials needs to keep up with that growth.”

Youth games pay each of­fi­cial $50 for a one-hour game. Mid­dle and high school games — where of­fi­cials work in pairs — pay $65-$80.

A train­ing class, sanc­tioned by U.S. Lacrosse, has been planned to be­gin in Easton in Fe­bru­ary and March. “We hope that it will be a lot larger than the one held in 2016,” Gil­more said. “We hope you’ll be there.”

The classes are sched­uled for Satur­day, Feb. 25, March 4, and March 11. The March 18 class will be on the field. All classes are sched­uled from 9 a.m. to noon in down­town Easton. The cost is $125 and in­cludes rule book, train­ing man­ual, and hand­outs.

Those in­ter­ested must at­tend four classes. If you have sched­ul­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, or other ques­tions, please con­tact Deb Car­ney (deb­biecar­ or Paul Gil­more (pault­

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