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referees

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...


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June 18, 2019

Bridging the Divide: Developing positive relationships with refs

[caption id="attachment_27929" align="aligncenter" width="488"] A calm, composed approach can help coaches have meaningful discussions with referees and umpires. | Photo: Kevin Hoffman[/caption] In a perfect world, every coach would have experience ...


June 10, 2019

Louisiana bill makes it a crime to yell at referees, coaches

Louisiana parents who voice their frustrations with sports referees or coaches could now face the possibility of jail time. House Bill 184, introduced by Rep. Cameron Henry, only awaits the governor's signature before becoming law. The bill passed...


May 8, 2019

Illinois mandates background checks for high school referees

Illinois will now require background checks as part of the registration process for officiating high school sports. The Illinois High School Association's (IHSA) Board of Directors approved the change during its meeting last month. The policy goes...


mike mccarthy high school basketball
February 28, 2019

Complaint filed after former Packers coach Mike McCarthy berates high school referees

Wisconsin high school basketball referees have filed a complaint against former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, claiming he berated them this week following a game. McCarthy was watching his stepson's Notre Dame Academy take on Pulaski Hig...


January 15, 2019

Referee shortage forces Minnesota high schools to reschedule basketball games

A shortage of referees forced some Minnesota high schools to reschedule their basketball games on Monday. [caption id="attachment_14971" align="alignright" width="240"] Photo: Kevin Hoffman[/caption] The Minnehaha Academy athletics department o...