As the fall sports season approaches for high schools in Oregon, the local officials associations for the three team sports are recruiting new members.

The Southwestern Oregon Football Officials Association is offering special financial incentives for new officials to help offset the cost of equipment and membership in the association.

The group, which covers games from Reedsport to Brookings, will begin its training Monday in Coos Bay. The first meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in Pirate Hall on the Marshfield campus and by teleconference in Gold Beach.

People interested in becoming officials who have a clean public record, are in relatively good shape and are interested in providing a needed service for local high school athletes are encouraged to call either Emery Phillips at 541-297-0677, Russell Hartley at 541-260-0023 or Mark Stephens  at 541-404-4480.


The local volleyball officials will hold their first meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at Coquille High School. The group officiates games from Reedsport to Brookings

For more information, call David Oliver at 541-290-2089.


The local soccer officials will begin their training for the new season in mid-August. The first meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Coos Bay Public Library.

For more information, call Sharon Usselman at 541-297-3218 or send an email to susselman@frontier.com.

The football associations provide officials from Reedsport to Brookings, while soccer officials cover matches in Coquille, Coos Bay, North Bend, Langlois and Brookings.

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