Recruitment, retention of new officials remains a priority

Nearly 500 officials around the country recently attended the 36thannual “Say Yes to Officiating” summit in New Orleans.

MHSAA assistant director Robert Holloway was among those at the event, which was administered by the National Association of Sports Officials.

“Recruit, retain, support and celebrate officials — that was the theme for this year,” Mr. Holloway said. “There was a survey that said 7 out of 10 new officials leave within three years. We want to find ways to encourage them to stay with officiating. We also want to do some things to recruit more new officials, like reaching out to high school seniors who are about to graduate.”

“We will continue our effort to work with our 3,200 game officials around the state,” MHSAA executive director Don Hinton said.  “We are proud of the women and men who serve our student-athletes and member schools as middle school and high school officials. Without them, we could not play competitive sports.”

NASO released a survey of its members that included 40 responses to the question why do you officiate. Among them:

  • Camaraderie
  • Passion
  • Develop self-confidence
  • Opportunity to move up
  • Fitness
  • Community
  • Give back
  • Love of sports
  • Memories

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