Get off your couch and get in the game as a football official in Michigan.

If you have ever wanted to be on the field and officiating a high school football game in Michigan, now is your time. Starting in January, you can start an online course that will teach you how to be just that. The best part is that the course is free.

I think we all know that person that gets a little too into the games when we are watching a high school football game. Be sure to pass this along to that person. You know the one that is always screaming at the ref for making a bad call. It is time for them to put their money where there mouth is.

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Phil Long is a football assigner in Michigan for The Flint Metro League, The Mid-Michigan Athletic Conference, The Genesee Area Conference (GAC,) and The Saginaw Valley League. The free course is being offered to help find more officials for the upcoming 2022 high school football season. To learn more about the classes or to register, click here. 

How long is the online class and when does it start?

The online program will be taught using 12 weekly video sessions and weekly ZOOM meetings on Mondays for questions and answers. Classes will start on Tuesday, January 4th, 2022 so act fast to sign up now.

Are there any books or resources available for this class?

Yes. According to Phil Long, the high school football officials "bible" is made up of three components, which include:

The MHSSA Officials Manual is available for free online and the NFHS Rules Book and Case Book are available to purchase in hard copy form or kindle version on Amazon.

To get more information or to sign up to become a high school football official in Michigan, click here. 


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