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officials

September 24, 2018

The importance of retaining quality officials

[caption id="attachment_26893" align="alignleft" width="125"] Michael Poploskie[/caption] As a baseball/softball official for more than 20 years, I have seen many officials come and go. Some leave because of the time constraints of their regular j...


December 13, 2017

Survey: 57% of referees say sportsmanship getting worse

A new survey conducted by the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) provides a glimpse into the minds of referees and some of the challenges they face on a regular basis. Among the findings, 57% of officials said they believed sportsmans...


October 30, 2017

New Jersey football refs walk off field over athlete protests

UPDATE: The two referees in the story below have been banned from working any more games for the remainder of the football season, according to NJ.com. One of the referees, Ernie Lunardelli, has hired an attorney and is unsure how he proceed. ...


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October 20, 2017

Texas increases pay for high school referees

Texas' athletic association is increasing pay for high school sports referees, an effort to combat the sharp decline in those interesting in officiating games. According to the San Antonio Express-News, the University Interscholastic League's (UIL...


September 19, 2017

Between the Lines: What to do about the disappearing referees

[caption id="attachment_26932" align="alignleft" width="100"] Kevin Hoffman[/caption] It was five years ago when I first heard rumblings of referee shortages at the high school level. Pennsylvania’s longtime officials had noticed high turnover and...


July 25, 2017

Oklahoma facing shortage of basketball, football referees

Just one month before the fall high school sports season begins, Oklahoma is facing a significant shortage of qualified referees for football and basketball. Oklahoma is not alone, as more than a dozen states have expressed concern over their refe...


July 12, 2017

Texas facing ‘crisis-level’ shortage of high school football referees

Texas, a state known for the competitive environment of high school football, is facing a serious shortage of officials just months before the 2017 season is scheduled to kick off. [caption id="attachment_17466" align="alignright" width="282"] Pho...


June 26, 2017

Texas officials considering harsher penalties for fights

There were 16 fights on Texas high school basketball courts last year, according to the Dallas Morning News, and state referees want to do something about it. The newspaper reports that the Texas High School Basketball Officials Association intend...