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officials

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...


November 23, 2016

Result of Illinois high school football game heads to court

An Illinois judge on Wednesday will consider overturning the result of a high school football playoff game that ended in controversy when officials improperly applied a penalty at a critical moment. Fenwick and Plainfield North high schools faced ...


basketball referees
October 5, 2016

Illinois reviews policies after criminal found umpiring games

Illinois may soon adopt a strict policy on background checks for sports officials after discovering that a sex offender has been working games for at least the last year. The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and state lawmakers are both exa...


basketball referees
September 23, 2016

New Mexico facing extreme shortage of high school referees

New Mexico is facing a serious shortage of high school officials, and not only on the football field. KRQE News in Albuquerque reported Thursday that the state’s activities association is concerned about the workload and travel requirements plac...


September 12, 2016

Tennessee association concerned about referee numbers

Tennessee has joined a growing number of states concerned about the decline in high school sports officials in recent years. [caption id="attachment_17466" align="alignright" width="279"] There are nearly 300 fewer prep referees this season compar...


July 27, 2016

Shortage of high school officials becoming a ‘crisis’ in Oregon

Oregon's athletic association is becoming concerned that there aren't enough qualified, young officials to replace those who are leaving the profession. [caption id="attachment_14971" align="alignright" width="285"] Photo: Kevin Hoffman[/caption]...


January 6, 2016

Missouri faces shortage of high school sports referees

Missouri is facing a shortage of high school sports officials, something that's becoming a bit of a concern in other states as well. [caption id="attachment_14987" align="alignright" width="300"] Missouri's athletic association is having trouble f...