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Referee forced to barricade himself in referees room while he calls the police


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Josh tupper
September 14, 2023  (9:59)
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Across North America leagues have run into issues with a shortage of qualified referees. Youth sports has suffered greatly with this shortage, with some leagues even having to contract age groups due to a lack of officials. Many attribute this shortage to an increase in abuse of officials have faced over the recent years.

Some leagues across Canada and the United States have started to have officials wear different colored uniforms to indicate when an official is a minor. While this seems like a great concept but all it does is in theory is increase the amount of abuse older officials receive, and while they can usually take it sometimes things boil over even beyond what has been deemed acceptable.
A video was recently posted by HockeyTrend on Instagram of a referee being forced to lock himself in the referee's room while barricading the door. Banging can be heard behind the door as the referee waits for help.
"We have people banging on the door, we called the police and have them coming."


This treatment of officials is only going to continue to push officials further and further away from the game. Ultimately this is going to create a hole where well trained officials will be replaced with whoever is available, and lead to more issues. Abuse of officials has become a problem nation wide and needs to be fixed.
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Referee forced to barricade himself in referees room while he calls the police

What should happen to parents that abuse officials?

Nothing, it's part of the game144.3 %
Ban them from the next game7924 %
Ban them from arenas permanently18054.7 %
Kick their kids off the team5617 %
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