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It doesn't matter what age level is competing, finding officials is a hard thing to do. It can be your local Town Ball team trying to get a game in, a high school matchup between two long-standing competitive teams, or even a local youth league, just trying to get kids outside to have fun, learn something, and hopefully fall in love with the sport.

With those games, officials are needed to make sure that these games are played fairly and within the rules previously agreed-upon within the league.

If you want to become an official, and or maybe you know someone who would be a good fit for officiating, but aren't sure where to start, the Minnesota State High School League is hosting an Officiating Forum for people to learn more.

It doesn't matter if you want to ref football, basketball, or want to help out during baseball or softball, officials are needed to allow kids the chance to compete.

The Forum will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd from 6-8 pm where attendees will learn more about officiating. They can ask questions to some of the top officials in the state of Minnesota, build connections to their local association, and learn if it is something that he or she may be interested in.

There is a true shortage of officials out there, and finding officials is crucial if we want to sure that area kids have the opportunity to play and compete. This forum doesn't mean you are signing up to become an official, but it is an opportunity to learn more, get involved, and possibly start officiating and giving back to a sport you love.