Commissioner’s Message #9
In my 16 years working for the CIF Southern Sec on, I have learned many things about officiating. Last week, we all learned even more about the current state of officiating in our sec on when the CIF Southern Sec on Council did not approve the proposal from the Officials Fees/ Relations Committee for a three-year agreement for official’s fees, beginning next school year. There are reasons why this proposal was defeated and some of those were expressed at last week’s meeting. Also, we are surveying our Council Representatives to get more information from the leagues who voted against the proposal. Once the survey is complete, we will forward the results to the Official’s Fees/Relations Committee for their consideration in an effort to formulate a proposal for the CIF Southern Sec on Executive Committee, who now has the responsibility to approve an official’s fees structure for 2016-17, and perhaps beyond next year, at their upcoming meeting on May 11.
Against this backdrop, we are also experiencing a shortage of officials in certain areas and specific sports within our sec on. This shortage of officials is of great concern to all of us because a much larger burden is put on our official’s associa ons to cover all of our games, and on our schools, who have to accept less officials than they have originally requested and are forced to change schedules to make sure that all of our
contests have cer fied officials.
In an effort to address this shortage of officials, it is necessary to examine the roles of our member schools and our
official’s associations in this situation to hopefully make some progress in the me ahead. In discussions with our schools and our official’s associations, here are some factors they have identified that have a direct influence on the shortage of officials…
SCHOOLS: (FEEDBACK FROM OFFICIAL’S ASSOCIATIONS)
– Lack of administrative support at contests, especially with safety and security of officials – Disrespectful coaches, unruly parents, students and fans
– Inconsistent payment
– Poor communica on regarding schedule changes and/or cancella ons of contests
OFFICIALS: (FEEDBACK FROM SCHOOLS)
– Lack of quality and consistency in officia ng assignments
– Lack of accountability of officials
– Abuse of power – Ejections, technical fouls, yellow cards, etc. – Politics and power struggles within the official’s associations
What can be done, and must be done, by our schools and our official’s associations? We must make every effort to work together to recruit new officials, make sure they are trained appropriately and then treat them properly so we will be able to retain them a er their first year and for the years a er that. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that we can not only meet this challenge facing us, but overcome it, as our student-athletes deserve our best effort in this area. I hope I can count on all involved to make it happen!
Thank you very much for your help and support, it is truly appreciated.