Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials discusses national official shortage in youth and high school sports

Bill Carollo, who was an NFL official for two decades, said angry parents who verbally and sometimes physically abuse referees and umpires play a large part in the shortage.

While Corollo said he has not experienced difficulty finding officials for Big Ten games, the 70-year-old who officiated in the NFL for 20 seasons, said official shortages in lower-level sports are a “severe probleAccording to the New York Times, roughly 50,000 high school refereesercent of all prep officials — quit between 2018 and 2021

Read more about the officials’ shortage HERE


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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]