PROTECTING THE GAME: MAXPREPS ARTICLE DISCUSSES FAN BEHAVIOR
“Governing bodies across the country for high school sports have tried to emphasize the message of pursuing victory with honor.” Participation numbers for officials is down and fan behavior is a major contributing factor. That’s the message Joe Davidson of Maxpreps.com would like parents and fans to know. The New Mexico Activities Association is not immune to the nationwide shortage of officials and recently released their own video to address the situation.
Maxpreps has recently published an article describing the issues high schools all around the country are dealing with. The article cites several statistics and studies:
“According to the National Association of Sports Officials, 80 percent of referees/officials walk away from their craft. And in surveys with nearly 17,500 officials, 75 percent cite “adult behavior” as the reason for their exit. These studies also reveal there are more officials over the age of 60 than 30 and under, which means the gap in age makes it difficult to cycle in new bodies.”
Joe Davidson of Maxpreps.com also wrote:
“In that effort, National Federation of State High School Association’s Karissa Niehoff has teamed with state commissioners across the land to share this message to parents: Cool it.
Here is a link to the complete article