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The need for football referees is high in Colorado Springs

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Have you ever thought you would be a better referee than the ones on the field?

Good, Clyde Thomas and Dan Cronin would like to speak with you. They need your help. 

Cronin and Thomas have been roaming Colorado Springs sidelines for more than 20 years and teach a clinic to help raise the next crop of referees. 

Through Colorado Springs Parks and Rec, they teach a comprehensive class - in the classroom and outdoors - to help people get back into football. 

"They know the game, they love the game and they are big fans but today we are now asking them to look at the game through a different lens - through the lens of an official," Thomas said. "By learning the rules, they are basically able to see the game and the action a little differently and we hope that they will enjoy it even more." 

Those wanting to officiate high school games, the season is too close to get involved but you're in luck. They are still allowing new recruits to take classes and work peewee, middle school and junior varsity games. 

"We try to put people in situations that they will succeed," Cronin said. "You're gonna make mistakes but what we want is not to make the same mistake three, four, five times. You learn by your errors and you just keep growing from there." 

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