Pac-12, Mountain West team up on officiating

By Janie Mccauley

Associated Press

Published: Friday, June 7 2013 7:00 p.m. MDT

Dibler and his staff will hold a training clinic for all roster officials before this season — with the WCC, Big West and WAC officials also taking part and "furthering the impact of the collaboration on officiating in the western United States."

"For our officials, this is a great opportunity to improve their officiating skills, maximize their schedule and reduce travel," Dibler said. "I look forward to establishing a top preseason training program and outlining a clear communications process between all our officials, the conferences, and our coaches."

Top officials based on the West Coast might no longer need to fly from one corner of the country to the other to maintain a full schedule of games if the leagues' joint efforts work the way the conferences hope.

There will be a focus on the "health, well-being and freshness of the officials to come up with a more efficient travel schedule," Scott said. "We've got a lot of elite officials in the West. There are certain officials that want to work more to the extent we've collaborated with the WCC and with the Big West and with the WAC for a coordination when it comes to extra assignments to think about the amount of travel, wear and tear."

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