referees

referee
October 31, 2022

NJSIAA Bans Ref From Postseason Games After Viral Video

A viral post on social media regarding a questionable spot during a first-down measurement in a New Jersey high school football game has gained national attention. The video shows a referee deliberately moving the ball well after it was spotted. T...


shortages
August 31, 2022

Referee Shortages Affecting Fall Sports in Multiple States

Parts of Maine, Tennessee, New York, and Minnesota are seeing the early signs of strain in their fall sports seasons due to the ongoing referee shortages facing the country currently. As the calendar turns from August to September, the fall sports...


shortages
August 10, 2022

Ohio HS Football Referees Receive Pay Raise, Avoid Boycott

High school football referees in northeast Ohio will no longer boycott the upcoming football season after receiving a pay raise. Up until Monday, August 8, northeast Ohio football referees were willing to boycott the regular season until they rece...


shortages
August 3, 2022

NJSIAA Launches Referee Recruitment Initiative with $300 Rebates

All over the country, athletic departments are lamenting the pains of the referee shortage to officiate games. Although much has been said about what can be done to offset this shortage, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (N...


adult
July 28, 2022

Adult Soccer Player Dies After On-Field Brawl

A California male has succumbed to his injuries resulting from a disagreement with a referee during an adult recreational soccer match that devolved into an on-field brawl involving both teams and spectators. Misael, Sanchez, 29, was knocked uncon...


coaches
June 1, 2022

Coaches Gain Professional Development by Transitioning to Referees

When Kevin Leising retired at age 55 after a successful 33-year career coaching high school basketball in Indiana, officiating was not in his plans. “Never. Not in a million years,” he says. He was ready to slow down and spend more time with his ...


consortium
April 13, 2022

NFHS Holds Officials Consortium This Week

Leaders from more than 50 sports organizations have descended on Indianapolis this week to discuss the recruitment and retention of officials during the first-ever NFHS Officials Consortium at the Conrad Hotel. A recent survey of state high ...


referees
March 31, 2022

Cincinnati Area Referees Face Shortages, Fan Abuse

Much like the rest of the country, the Cincinnati area is facing an official shortage at the middle school and high school level — particularly soccer referees. While the COVID-19 pandemic exasperated the issue — pushing older referees into re...