Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:48

OHSAA to Parents: COOL IT!

Are you an obnoxious sports parent?

It's OK to admit it, all parents have been, perhaps a little overzealous when little Timmy's at the foul line or Suzie's up to bat...

But if you find yourself habitually taking out your frustrations on referees at high school sporting events, the OHSAA has a message for you: COOL IT!

A recent survey by the National Association of Sports Officials shows 75 percent of high school referees have been subject to abuse from parents, and that's resulting in less young people signing up for the job. As older referees retire it's causing a shortage.

So, the OHSAA, in a joint letter from Jerry Snodgrass, Executive Director of the OHSAA, and Karissa Neihoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the OHSAA addresses the drastic shortage of referees in the state. 

Read the full letter here

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