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September 19, 2017

Between the Lines: What to do about the disappearing referees

[caption id="attachment_26932" align="alignleft" width="100"] Kevin Hoffman[/caption] It was five years ago when I first heard rumblings of referee shortages at the high school level. Pennsylvania’s longtime officials had noticed high turnover and...


September 11, 2017

Poll: Are ‘misconduct warnings’ necessary for high school basketball?

High school basketball adopted a new rule that permits referees to stop the clock to give "misconduct warnings" to coaches and other bench personnel — an attempt to "change behavior and create a better atmosphere." What are your thoughts about the ...


July 6, 2017

S.C. youth soccer league creates rule to quiet parents

A South Carolina youth soccer organization is taking a unique approach to silence the boisterous parents who regularly harass referees. The South Carolina Youth Soccer Association (SCYSA) recently dispatched a memo to parents, saying that during "...


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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...


February 17, 2016

Survey: Are sports officials treated unfairly?

In January, Coach and Athletic Director asked readers if they believed that sports officials were treated unfairly. Some states say they're having trouble recruiting new officials as verbal and physical abuse becomes more of a concern among referees...


February 8, 2016

Wisconsin sees sharp decline in hockey referees

Wisconsin high school hockey officials say they're concerned about the sharp decline in the number of certified referees within the sport. [caption id="attachment_15351" align="alignright" width="255"] Photo: Devan Mighton, Wikimedia Commons[/cap...


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...