Organizers report that a program-record turnout of more than 2,300 boys and girls have signed up to play this fall in the Bend Unified Recreation Soccer League. Now the challenge facing program directors is to recruit officials to work the more than 40 games expected to be on the schedule each Saturday throughout the season.

A mandatory preseason meeting of all prospective officials for the recreational youth soccer program is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Bend Park & Recreation District office, 799 SW Columbia St. The league, run jointly by the park district and the Bend FC Timbers, is made up of boys and girls entering first through eight grade in the 2019-20 school year.

Games are played on Saturdays from Sept. 7 through Oct. 26 at the Pine Nursery and Big Sky Sports Complex in Bend.

Officiating experience is not required, but applicants must have a sound knowledge of soccer rules and must enjoy working with youth. Applicants must be at least 14 years old, have a clean criminal background and pass a pre-employment drug test. The pay rate ranges from $12 to $27 per game, depending on experience and the age level of games officiated.

For more information, contact Rich Ekman, sports program coordinator, at rich@bendparksandrec.org or 541-706-6126.

— Bulletin staff report

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