Officiating In Perspective with Barry Mano

Officiating In Perspective with Barry Mano

Many Games Chase Few Refs

The pandemic has had a major and sustaining impact on organized sports, especially those played at the school level. In turn that means we in officiating have had to bear our share of the burden imposed on all of us. We have done that remarkably well in my opinion. We have adjusted and adapted. We have stepped up and accepted more assignments than we would have normally. We have kept the game’s interest in our minds and in our hearts.

There are too many games chasing too few officials. This fact has led to the postponement, rescheduling or outright cancellation of many contests. Here in Wisconsin, quite out of the norm, some youth football games are having to be played on Sunday afternoons because that is the only time slot a crew of officials could be on hand. Some officials have added a sport to their repertoire, others have agreed to work levels they normally do not work. They are doing this to help organized games be played and they are doing it to bring in some extra money.

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