California is saddled with what many would consider a “good problem.” The number of high school student athletes has soared over the last five years to more than 785,000 participants. While that’s nearly 1 million students involved in a positive extra-curricular, it’s left a shortage of officials because of the rapid influx of participants.

Michael Garrison, Sac-Joaquin Section California Interscholastic Federation commissioner, reveals that the decline in officials is due to economics, among other factors. When the economy is good, people aren’t looking for a second income—but ABC10 found that high school officials can make anywhere from $36-$110 per game, creating a good opportunity for those who are looking to make some money in their spare time.

Do you have a knowledge and passion for high school sports and want to pick up some extra cash on the side? You can apply to become a high school official through the Northern California Officials Association (NCOA). Potential officials can find more information about requirements on the NCOA website.

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