Eastern Maine Board 111 of IAABO Certified Basketball Officials seeks individuals who are interested in becoming a certified basketball official.

The Eastern Maine area includes: Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Waldo counties.

This year, classes will be offered at the Reed’s Brook Middle School in Hampden.

The first class will be on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. The class involves 16 to 20 hours of classroom work on the rules as well as a written rules test. Participants have two sessions of floor work culminating in a floor test of officiating an actual game.

There is a course fee of $50, which includes rulebooks, class materials and testing. Board 111 also offers an online class for those unable to attend the classroom offering.

Those interested in either class can contact Dave Ames, Board 111 interpreter/supervisor of officials, to request an information sheet and application at damesref@tidewater.net or 789-5118.

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