KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — If you like wrestling and need a little extra cash, the Kaiserslautern Officials’ Association wants you ... immediately.

With the high school regular-season just two weeks away, the association is in desperate need of wresting officials.

“(KOA) got the winter sports contract for wrestling from DODDS just two weeks ago,” referee Al Shaff said Tuesday. “That left us behind the curve, because we needed to start recruiting and holding clinics in September.”

At the time KOA received the contract, Shaff said, the organization had just six officials available, well short of the 13 that’s required each week.

The optimal number is really 16, he said, allowing for substitutes to cover illness, family and duty commitments and the like.

“Obviously, we’d prefer people who have officiating experience in college and high school,” Greene said by telephone on Tuesday. “Having experienced people is critical.”

According to Shaff, pay for refereeing a meet runs from $50-$200, depending on the number of teams involved.

Prospective officials, who must upon acceptance provide their own equipment and pay a one-time membership fee to KOA, are invited to a clinic at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Ramstein’s Building 404, next to the Northside Shoppette, Greene said.

For more information, e-mail Shaff at, or call him at 06371-946084.

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