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Practice clinic held for high school referees

Posted: 2:37 PM, Aug 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-12 14:37:24-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — Big Bend area referees got a hint of what to expect this upcoming high school football season. Chiles High School was the site, Saturday, for referees to get back on the football field and work scrimmage games.

The referee practice is a good way to get officials familiar with fields, some players and coaches. The President of Big Bend Football Officials Association, Bob Gosselin, has been officiating for 13 seasons. He explained on Saturday, the practice for referees has been going on for several years now.

"Florida Athletic High School Association picks one Saturday right at the start of the season, and we gather some teams and we bring out as many officials that want to come out here on a Saturday, and we officiate a game, really a half," said Gosselin. "So, we have several crews that rotate about every ten to fifteen plays, and it gets you ready for the season, gets your legs under you because the season starts in earnest next week."

About 50 referees were out at Chiles working the scrimmages.