IHSA official Barrie Hendrickson of Freeport watches as Prairie Ridge and Jacobs warm up prior to kickoff last season.
IHSA official Barrie Hendrickson of Freeport watches as Prairie Ridge and Jacobs warm up prior to kickoff last season. — Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com

The Inter-Athletic Council of Officials is looking to train football officials this summer to help with the shortage of high school and youth league officials.

The six-week course runs from July 7 through Aug. 11 on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. The course is free and will be done via Zoom.

The course covers rules, penalty enforcement, positioning and timing through game film review. Anyone completing the course will be able to work games in the upcoming football season. First-year officials also can apply for their first IHSA license through this class and receive a 50% discount, which is worth between $35 and $70.

Officials with one or two years of experience have been regular attendees and are welcome to participate and advance their skills.

For further information or to register online, go to www.iaco-official.org.

The IACO also offers basketball classes in the fall, and baseball and softball classes in the winter.