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referees
August 17, 2020

PIAA Concerned about Referees amid COVID-19

The expectations of referees — at any level — are demanding. Coaches, players, and spectators alike expect perfection and an outcome that puts their preferred team on top. Constant scrutiny, ridicule, and low pay are just some of the reasons w...


referees
May 27, 2020

How COVID-19 pandemic affects referees

The aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country's economy are beginning to hit the already fragile state of high school and youth referees. The number of sports officials is decreasing nationwide, according to Ohio University's Online Mast...


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...


football referee
January 9, 2020

Kentucky bill would increase penalties for referee harassment

Three Kentucky lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday that would enhance penalties against those who harass or assault sports officials. The proposal, coined the "Good Sport" bill, would amend state law to make assault of a sports official a Class D ...


November 1, 2019

N.Y. senator proposes harsher penalties for harassing referees

A New York state senator has proposed a bill that would create harsher penalties for anyone who harasses or assaults sports referees. Sen. Rich Funke announced his bill this week at the Schottland YMCA in Pittsford, where he was joined by several ...


covid-19 pandemic
October 10, 2019

Parent behavior blamed for New Mexico’s soccer referee shortage

Youth soccer games across New Mexico are being canceled in record numbers, and league leaders say abusive parents are the cause. Dave Lauben, who oversees scheduling for high school games, told KOAT in Albuquerque that there are now 85 referees a...


July 29, 2019

Maine creates new position to combat decline in referees

The sharp decline in high school officials is a nationwide issue, but Maine is fighting it head on by creating a new position to focus on recruitment and retention. The Maine Principals' Association (MPA) last week announced Jeff Benson as the new...


June 24, 2019

2019 Coaches Report: Bringing new blood into officiating

We know recruiting and retaining referees is a challenge in most states, but what can we do about it? We asked coaches to share their thoughts on how states can attract new blood into officiating. Here are some of their responses. “Increase pay an...