(KUTV) We were joined by Utah High School Activities Association assistant directors Jeff Cluff and Jon Oglesby to discuss the shortage of referees.
The UHSAA controls every single high school that has sports programs.
According to Cluff, trying to retain officials and keep them coming back is difficult. He says keeping referees paid and interested is an important objective.
Oglesby points out many benefits to being a referee, such as giving back to the community, flexibility in your scheduling, and a pay not only a game rate, that mileage as well.
"There's also a health benefit as well because you're active, you're moving," Oglesby says, "and for former athletes I don't know of a much better way to stay involved in games that you love. So really, there's a variety of benefits for both parties."]
Those wishing to get involved can visit highschoolofficials.com, which offers a multitude of resources, including a forum.