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Sports Notebook: Some serious shortages

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One of the big concerns regarding amateur sports theses days is a shortage of game officials for all sports and coaches for some.

Basketball, baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer and the like all have shortages for game officials. Sometimes it’s a problem finding enough officials to cover all games, especially any makeups.

So some game schedules have to be adjusted, whether on the high-school or youth levels. Even for regularly-scheduled contests, official shortages are taken into consideration, and adjustments are made.

On the high-school level, finding enough girls field hockey and girls lacrosse coaches has become a problem in recent years. Same for track and field, and more specific specialty events like for pole vaulting and other jumps.

Basically, not as many people want to coach and referee anymore. There are too many headaches to take on those positions these days, and the pay, especially for coaches, isn’t nearly attractive enough.

For now, the games continue despite the shortages, but will that continue to be the case if the shortages continue and become more dire?

We’ll see what happens.

– Dave Facinoli


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