(Columbus, OH) Seems no one wants to wear black-and-white stripes on Ohio's fields and courts anymore.
Ohio athletic officials are looking for young people to become high school referees in response to the dwindling number of people willing to be officials for sports like football and basketball.
The OHSAA reports the number of high school referees has dropped by about 40 percent in the last several years. The athletic association is focusing its recruiting efforts on high school students to find its next generation of officials as the remaining crop continues to age.
Factors for the drop in refs include poor pay, and strenuous schedules, along with harassment from angry parents and coaches. Ohio’s situation is apparently part of a nationwide problem.