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https://www.10tv.com/article/cool-it-ohsaa-tells-parents-calm-down-their-kids-games

 

Published: 01/15/19 12:42 pm EST
Updated: 01/15/19 05:25 pm EST

The Ohio High School Athletic Association is passing on a message to parents and it is not mincing words.

There has been a shortage of Ohio high school officials recently, and the OHSAA says fans berating the officials is a big reason why.

The letter basically tells fans to “cool it.”

“Make no mistake about it. Your passion is admired, and your support of the hometown team is needed. But so is your self-control. Yelling, screaming and berating the officials humiliates your child, annoys those sitting around you, embarrasses your child’s school and is the primary reason Ohio has an alarming shortage of high school officials,” the letter states.

The letter goes on to say “According to a recent survey by the National Association of Sports Officials, more than 75 percent of all high school officials say “adult behavior” is the primary reason they quit. And 80 percent of all young officials hang up their stripes after just two years of whistleblowing. Why? They don’t need your abuse.”

You can read the entire letter below:

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Ohio, this message is primarily for you.

When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes to verbally criticize game officials or coaches, cool it.

Make no mistake about it. Your passion is admired, and your support of the hometown team is needed. But so is your self-control. Yelling, screaming and berating the officials humiliates your child, annoys those sitting around you, embarrasses your child’s school and is the primary reason Ohio has an alarming shortage of high school officials.

It’s true. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Sports Officials, more than 75 percent of all high school officials say “adult behavior” is the primary reason they quit. And 80 percent of all young officials hang up their stripes after just two years of whistleblowing. Why? They don’t need your abuse.

Plus, there’s a ripple effect. There are more officials over 60 than under 30 in many areas. And as older, experienced officials retire, there aren’t enough younger ones to replace them. If there are no officials, there are no games. The shortage of licensed high school officials is severe enough in some areas that athletic events are being postponed or cancelled—especially at the freshman and junior varsity levels.

Research confirms that participation in high school sports and activities instills a sense of pride in school and community, teaches lifelong lessons like the value of teamwork and self-discipline and facilitates the physical and emotional development of those who participate. So, if the games go away because there aren’t enough men and women to officiate them, the loss will be infinitely greater than just an “L” on the scoreboard. It will be putting a dent in your community’s future.

If you would like to be a part of the solution to the shortage of high school officials, you can sign up to become a licensed official at HighSchoolOfficials.com. Otherwise, adult role models at high school athletic events here in Ohio are always welcome.

 

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This letter has been making the rounds across the country in different states and different groups. Great letter. 

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I am reading that it is parents and 'Coaches' not just parents as is led to believe from above. Keep those guys on the bench coaching rather than witching, moaning gesturing and working the officials all game to fire up those parents.

Have the State Athletic Association people sneak into games without showing their free passes and dressing nicely with the state emblem on their clothing, that gives them away, to watch coaching sportsmanship all game and write reports on the coaches.

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It's sad that such a letter is even necessary but I think we all understand why it's needed. I love baseball (and football) and I love officiating. I've had run-ins with parents after games, one so bad that I had to be escorted off the field by law enforcement after the game was over (side note: The host school refuses to play the visiting school where this happened due to this incident). The parents need to calm down and realize that this is a game - it's not life or death.

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This was in a Chattanooga, Tennessee publication yesterday:

 

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Tennessee, this message is primarily for you.

 

When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes to verbally criticizing game officials or coaches, cool it.

 

Make no mistake about it.

 

Your passion is admired, and your support of the hometown team is needed. But so is your self-control. Yelling, screaming and berating the officials humiliates your child, annoys those sitting around you, embarrasses your child’s school and is the primary reason Tennessee has an alarming shortage of high school officials.

 

 

It’s true. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Sports Officials, more than 75 percent of all high school officials say “adult behavior” is the primary reason they quit. And 80 percent of all young officials hang up their stripes after just two years of whistle blowing. Why? They don’t need your abuse.

 

Plus, there’s a ripple effect. There are more officials over 60 than under 30 in many areas. And as older, experienced officials retire, there aren’t enough younger ones to replace them. If there are no officials, there are no games. The shortage of licensed high school officials is severe enough in some areas that athletic events are being postponed or cancelled—especially at the freshman and junior varsity levels.

 

Research confirms that participation in high school sports and activities instills a sense of pride in school and community, teaches lifelong lessons like the value of teamwork and self-discipline and facilitates the physical and emotional development of those who participate. So, if the games go away because there aren’t enough men and women to officiate them, the loss will be infinitely greater than just an “L” on the scoreboard. It will be putting a dent in your community’s future.

 

If you would like to be a part of the solution to the shortage of high school officials, you can sign up to become a licensed official at HighSchoolOfficials.com. Otherwise, adult role models at high school athletic events here in Tennessee are always welcome. 

 

Karissa Niehoff

Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations

 

 

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