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Texas faces ‘crisis-level’ shortage of high school referees


Texas, a state known for the competitive environment of high school football, is facing a serious shortage of officials just months before the 2018 season is scheduled to kick off. Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO) Executive Director Michael Fitch has called it a “crisis-level” shortfall of referees, according to the Houston Chronicle. Houston’s chapter alone is somewhere between 50 and 200 referees short for the upcoming season. But it’s not just the Houston area feeling the shortage. Waco and the Dallas area are also in desperate need of officials. Some in the industry said the abuse officials take from coaches and parents is likely the reason for lack of interest. The Dallas chapter of TASO has mostly stayed steady at around 650 members, which is enough to handle the games each week around the area, but could use more to cover all games on Thursday and Friday night’s. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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