'Let's put it this way – nobody is going to get rich officiating youth or high school football'
Money and abuse.
Whenever the national and statewide shortage of high school officials is discussed, those two aspects of the job always are listed as the prime reasons.
Longtime referee Bill Lindgren sees it differently. Sure, he agrees that the pay could be better. But he said it’s the perception coaches, players and fans abuse officials that is keeping officiating levels at extremely low levels.
“I think that the misconception to a certain degree that officials take an awful lot of heat and have disagreements [drives officials away],” said Lindgren, who is getting ready to work his 39th year as an official in various sports. “While I will say that is an occasional issue, and I believe a lot of people don’t like the thought of that kind of confrontation, it’s not all that common.”