My First Year As A Football Official - Review IIFrom user u/KJdkaslknv and his post last year I got into officiating football at the high school level last year and had an utter blast! I was 100% sure I would utterly hate it after the year, but honestly it was a great experience and I cannot wait until the season starts next year. I followed the steps to join as you can see in KJdkaslknv's post: * joined TASO ($40) & my local chapter ($65) and paid the respective fees * Attended the weekly new member training (virtual due to COVID) * Took and passed the knowledge exam * Got the necessary uniform and items (Free for Military Veterans) * Worked multiple scrimmages * Accepted Assignments in Reftown (online portal) The pay was surprisingly REALLY good! I believe the UIL updated their pay chart and I cleared more than $2,500 in one season. Running chains is very lucrative and the easiest job on the field! Also, if you get multiple games in one night you can be making up to $200 in one night. What I enjoyed the most: * The people were great! Due to COVID I got in a funk and this cleared me out of the fog to get me out of my house from Work-From-Home and interacting with my community! * Working chains was amazing! I got to get front-row seats and PAID for doing a job that a trained monkey can do! Some guys do exclusively chains and nothing else! * It got me back to studying! I attended college (Hook 'em) a few years ago and got out of my habit of learning/studying. This has required me to get back into learning & studying toward a goal! * If you want to go to the next level, this is the way to do it! Texas is one of the best states to officiate due to using college rules, but officials are NEEDED at all levels! We have a few officials that are currently in the NFL that belong to the DFOA chapter that still officiate high school football! * These seasoned officials are great! Once you ignore the coaches and fans, it gets much better! The officials I worked with were always great and had amazing humor! * I worked as a heads linemen and ended up loving it! I enjoyed interacting some with the coaches and chain crew! I utterly hated being the Ref ("R" on the field - The one with the mic that calls the penalties). Other Notes: * My Knees! I'm only 30 and my knees are literally gone lol! * We desperately need people! Many schools are requiring varsity games to have 7-man officials! This puts massive strain on most official associations because they are already struggling to schedule games. * We need youth! My chapter (Dallas Football Official Association ) the average age is 53!!!! We need young folk to keep up with the kids! * This is hard! The amount of rules you need to learn is astounding. Once you learn one thing, you realize you just chipped off a little bit of the iceberg. You are constantly studying and perfecting your craft! At the end of the day I am so happy I made this choice! It's not for everyone, but you will know this after the first year! It gets you out of the house and in your local community! Also, a little bit of money to put into your pocket never hurts! Final Item: Please look into joining your local officiating association. Even if it is not football, we are struggling in all sports for officials!
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