Shortened Season Puts Stress On H.S. Referees

 

Basketball is returning to Michigan gyms after a coronavirus timeout, but high schools are anticipating a shortage of men and women who blow the whistle.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association says registration of referees is down 25% from a year ago. The risk of COVID-19 is seen as a “contributing factor.” The regular season will last six weeks followed by the state tournament.

Middle school coaches are being encouraged to register as officials. Some high schools will likely schedule two games a day, which would allow refs to work both games.