Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Local Teams, Officials Prep for Basketball Season
BENTON -- More than 20 teams from across the area got a head start on the prep basketball season at the Benton Summer Shootout Saturday afternoon.
The event gives players a chance to work-out against teams they may not play against in the regular season. The IHSA allows teams 25 days to practice in the summer.
Area referee's from the Southern Illinois Sports Officials Association used the shootout as a learning opportunity. Along with the hands-on experience they got during the games, they also attended an officials clinic.
Association president Chris Kays says summer is a great time for new officials to practice with varsity coaches and teams, something a lot of the younger ref's don't get during the season.
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