Referee Shortage For Upcoming Sports Season
This is something that has been happening for a while now, and this year or season for High School football could be affected by it!
Football for youth leagues and even high schools will suffer because of the referee shortage. In fact since 2017, the number of youth umpires and referees have decreased.
For high school, there’s about 50,000 less referees across all sports. This was pre-pandemic! So why are there less referees and umpires? Well it basically comes down to the parents!
They’re seeing a lot of parents showing aggression towards them and even from coaching staff. To the refs and umpires, it’s just not worth the stress. They say its not what it was before. The times of fun and seeing kids thrive are done. Now it’s just constant fighting, arguing, and complaining.
And to give you an idea on what they get paid, its not much per game. Referees make about $66 a youth game and up to to $90 for high school varsity games.
They are looking for more people to sign up though. And no experience is needed.
We have more on this story and more in today’s edition of a Few Things You Should Know!
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