Sports Officials Care

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Universal Challenges

Shortage of Officials Impacting Youth Sports

Every day, games and tournaments are being canceled because there is a massive shortage of officials in all sports. Why is this happening?

Officials have long faced verbal abuse, but in some cases, they have been victims of physical abuse, and this cycle has led to officials leaving the industry. The COVID pandemic didn’t help matters, either. But without officials, there are no youth sports. 

At Sports Officials Care, we recognize this crisis, and are working to make youth sports a better place for everyone – coaches, players, parents and officials.

Low Retention Rates for New Officials

Mistreatment of Officials

Lack of New People Interested in Becoming an Official

%

Less officials than in 2020

55+

The average age of a youth official is 55 and older
"Shrinking pay, age, abuse among factors driving referees away in public high schools” - USA Today

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There is a desperate need for youth sports officials!

22

states have criminalized attacks and harassment of officials
"Major League Baseball umpires raise their voices for the safety of Connecticu officials” - Hartford Courant

50,000+

Referees and umpires who have left youth sports since 2018/2019
"Bad Behavior Drove a Referee Shortage” - New York Times

55%

of officials rank verbal & physical abuse from coaches & spectators as the #1 reason officials quit
"Referee shortage in youth sports blamed partly on verbal abuse from parents, coaches” - WXYZ Detroit

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