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High school officials feeling effects of coronavirus sports cancellations
March 20, 2020

High school officials feeling impact of coronavirus sports stoppages

With many areas of the country on a virtual lockdown due to the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic, high school sports athletic associations have been forced to cancel or indefinitely suspend winter and spring sports. [caption id="a...


MHSAA dealing with potential high school officials shortage
March 18, 2020

MHSAA dealing with potential high school officials shortage

[caption id="attachment_28864" align="alignright" width="300"] Image: David Sanborn / Creative Commons[/caption] In roughly a decade, the number of high school officials in the Michigan High School Athletic Association has dropped by 2,500 officia...


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...


referees
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...


referees
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. ...


basketball referees
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...