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Shortage of Officials hits everyone

Nevada Looks To Recruit Officials For High School Sports
As the 2015 football season prepares to kick off, high schools across Nevada face a threat to their athletic programs – a lack of officials to work their games.
And the shortage is not just in football. Every high school sport in Nevada is affected.
Jay Beesemyer is the assistant director of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association.
He said a lot of factors have contributed to the shortfall in officials from the economy to background checks. However, he believes the biggest problem is the lack of young officials.
"We haven't had a real influx of young officials in the last half a dozen years that's probably the biggest reason we're falling short these days," Beesemyer said.
He said the organization isn't really asking why it is happening it is just trying to find the officials it needs for football, volleyball and soccer this fall.
Beesemyer cited surveys of officials that pointed to their treatment by fans, parents, coaches and players as the reason so many referees leave, but he believes that is just part of the job and part of the challenge.
POSTED: 2015-08-24

Union possible for some US Lacrosse Officials

In a ruling that could have repercussions across high school athletics in Pennsylvania, a regional director for the National Labor Relations Board ruled July 30 that high school lacrosse referees in Districts Seven and Eight are employees of the PIAA rather than independent contractors.

As a result, the lacrosse referees in those southwestern Pennsylvania districts are now eligible to be represented by a union, and an election will be held by mail ballot from Aug. 24 to Sept. 14.

A vote of 51 percent in favor of the move is needed to form a union.

The PIAA on Friday filed an appeal to the NLRB to review the decision of the regional director, Nancy Wilson, who made the ruling.

POSTED: 2015-08-24


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