February 9, 2017

New York HS hockey player ejected after shoving referee to the ice

A New York high school hockey player could be facing a lengthy suspension after shoving a referee to the ice during a game last weekend. The Williamsville East player was being ushered off the ice for a roughing penalty when he suddenly turned and...

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 ...

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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...

September 13, 2016

College football player suspended five years for knocking out referee

A California community college football player has been suspended five years after an incident last weekend where he knocked a referee out cold during a game. [caption id="attachment_17505" align="alignright" width="273"] Screenshot via YouTube, A...

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

Coach placed on leave after knocking ref to the ground

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lHpCW2lhhM[/embed] A Pennsylvania high school basketball coach has been placed on administrative leave after knocking a referee to the floor during a Tuesday night game. Some have referred to the contact ...

January 5, 2016

Indiana considers law protecting sports officials

Indiana legislators will consider a new law that would stiffen penalties against overzealous fans who assault sports officials. [caption id="attachment_14971" align="alignright" width="279"] Indiana aims to stiffen penalties against anyone who as...

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December 10, 2015

Michigan concerned about age, experience of referees

Michigan's athletic association is concerned about the future of officiating for the state's high school sports, according to an article at MLive.com. [caption id="attachment_9642" align="alignright" width="288"] Michigan's athletic association is...