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Re: Can someone please explain what happened on this play?
Unfortunately there is a severe shortage of officials in every sport. A high school in Michigan had to cancel their homecoming football game this last weekend because there weren’t enough officials. There are many reasons for the shortage, older officials are either retiring or dying, younger people aren’t going into officiating. Why? They simply don’t want to deal with the lousy attitude and attacks by coaches, players, fans, parents.etc. When I started umping in 1968 while in college, I knew that I wasn’t a very good player but wanted to somehow be involved so I started umping intramural games. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have I gotten challenged, yelled at? sure. Unfortunately the attacks on sports officials has become more physical and personal. I hope that the situation gets better. Still after 53 years I look forward to every game I do. This week Bill Geatches, a previous conference umpire, gets inducted into the Michigan USA Softball Hall of Fame. It is well deserved. He always takes great pride in his work on the field.