York College will play host to its seventh edition of the START program, designed to recruit college students and local fans into sports officiating, on three consecutive Sundays, beginning Oct. 28.

START, or "Students of Today are Referees of Tomorrow," is an initiative to recruit college students and others into sports officiating, beginning on the scholastic levels and hopefully advancing to the collegiate level in future years. There is a significant shortage of scholastic officials in most sports throughout region.

The sports offered in the fall 2012 session at York College will include basketball, wrestling, swimming and lacrosse.

The program will be held in Room 140 of the Humanities Center, located on York College's main campus off Country Club Road. The meetings will begin each night at 6 p.m. and last approximately 75 minutes.

The program is open to anyone at least 18 years old. There is no cost to college students with ID cards. Participants without a current college student ID card must pay the normal PIAA $30 registration fee.

Candidates will be able to take the PIAA officiating test at the end of the Nov. 11 meeting. The PIAA provides sport instructors as well as educational and testing material for the program.

In February, 2013, another START program will be held for those interested in becoming officials in baseball, softball, football, soccer, field hockey, volleyball and track and field.


To register for the program, candidates should send an e-mail to Capital Athletic Conference commissioner Tom Byrnes (tbyrnes@cacsports.com) by Friday, Oct. 26, indicating which sport they're interested in officiating.