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Ref Shortage

Amarillo sports officials are asking for folks to step in and ref.
The supply of school sports referees has long been dwindling, but it's gotten to the point where it's a problem in our area.

Football officials in the Amarillo area has declined 35% in five years, that's according to Wayne Bernier from the Texas Association of Sports Officials.

Football season will be here before you know it.

Bernier tells us fall scrimmages start the second week of August and they are in need of people on the fields blowing the whistle.

He says a problem now is as current refs get older they no longer have enough younger people showing interest.

Bernier says, "it will give you a new passion. It will give you something to do and somewhere to be and something to provide value to the community and be a part of it"

He says they're not looking for a quick fix.

They're looking for refs who can stick around for not only this year, but next year as well.

Bernier says a lot of the games are on Thursday and Friday nights.

This is when they are asking for want to be refs to step in.

According to him, from December to now, they're down 30 officials.

He says this results in six Friday night football games they can't cover.

If you're interested in reffing, head over to The supply of school sports referees has long been dwindling, but it's gotten to the point where it's a problem in our area.

Football officials in the Amarillo area has declined 35% in five years, that's according to Wayne Bernier from the Texas Association of Sports Officials.

Football season will be here before you know it.

Bernier tells us fall scrimmages start the second week of August and they are in need of people on the fields blowing the whistle.

He says a problem now is as current refs get older they no longer have enough younger people showing interest.

Bernier says, "it will give you a new passion. It will give you something to do and somewhere to be and something to provide value to the community and be a part of it"

He says they're not looking for a quick fix.

They're looking for refs who can stick around for not only this year, but next year as well.

Bernier says a lot of the games are on Thursday and Friday nights.

This is when they are asking for want to be refs to step in.

According to him, from December to now, they're down 30 officials.

He says this results in six Friday night football games they can't cover.

If you're interested in reffing, head over to www.amarefs.org or email amarefs@outlook.com

You can also call 674-1937.

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