The Summit Portage Officials Association will be offering football officiating training classes in July.

Ed Markowski, a certified instructor with the Summit Portage Football Officials Association, said there is a shortage of football officials in Ohio.

He said class is taught on Tuesday and Thursday from 7-9 p.m. beginning July 16, 2013. Class is held at Betty Jane Community Learning Center, 444 Darrow Rd., Akron, OH.

The classes require no prerequisites and take students through the steps needed to become a trained, licensed football official in Ohio.

“Classes will feature licensed football officials as the instructors, and subjects covered include football rules, play situations and on-field mechanics,” Markowski said. “Also covered will be interfacing with players and coaches, professionalism, and the philosophy and mental approach needed to cover difficult or challenging situations.

The cost of the class is $100, which covers all books, testing materials, and registration with the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The final examination will be the National Federation Football Officials licensing examination. Students will also be provided with the opportunity to be hired to work high school underclass football games during the subsequent season.

“The classes will basically run two threads of study simultaneously,” Markowski said. “First, the rules of high school football - you will get a set of rule books and other printed study materials and we will discuss the rules in depth. Second, we will cover what is called mechanics, which is where to be and what to do. We’ll look at the general duties and responsibilities of all officials on the crew and also at individual responsibilities by position. At the conclusion of the final session you will get your OHSAA license and will be legal to work football in Ohio.”

Anyone interested may contact Ed Markowski by telephone at 330-896-4365 or 330-212-7600 or email at, or Brian Bednarczyk at 330-825-0393 or