Nationwide shortage of arbitrators impacts begging
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – Referees and officials for all round sports are struggling as there has been a nationwide shortage of work for amateur sporting events.
Panhandle and Bay County official assignor Nate Starr says it not only affected the way matches are officiated, but also put long hours and a heavy load on the short staff to put in. naked.
“Usually right now my time of year is that I like to decrease because I’ve already worked over a hundred games this year,” Starr said. And I like to take my time, take a break and spend time with my wife, kids, and dad, but still have to work every day because we just don’t have enough bodies to cover it all. that we need to cover.
This shortage began last year in the midst of the pandemic and has seemed to continue endlessly, but now that COVID-19 no longer receives the majority of the blame, it falls on the people who don’t want to work.
“A big part, we want to blame the parents, but a big part is the time and effort,” Starr said. “We all see it these days, a lot of these people just don’t want to work that stuff, they just want to go to work a job where they’re not going to get yelled at, they’re not going to be told that. they are wrong and they want money, and this is the most important thing i have seen is if you start throwing money in people’s faces or giving money , they will start to come.
The FHSAA offers incentives to try to solve the problem and its main action is to increase the remuneration of referees in all sports.
“Four or five hours for $ 140, I mean you’re not going to do that at McDonalds,” Starr said. “I mean you get paid pretty well and it’s fun it’s something to give back to the game and I mean it brought me trips and I got the chance to travel all over and see beautiful places and meeting some really famous people and it’s just good to give back to the game that gave me so much growing up.
For those who choose to get involved in officiating at the local level, there is no limit to career height.
“We’ve got connections to take you to the next level, we’ve had guys you know who made it to the big leagues, we’ve had guys who worked in division two basketball tournaments, division stuff one, we had a local guy working two regional divisions one, so the connections are there to get you where you want to go.
To learn more about the shortage of referees in the Panhandle or to find out how to reach the FHSAA refereeing staff, email Nate Starr at [email protected]