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Finding Officials for Prep Sports Becoming Challenging

By Travis Volz

The COVID pandemic has accelerated a trend that could negatively affect high school and middle school sports in the coming years: a lack of officials.

Though Okawville has been proactive in hiring officials, athletic director Jon Kraus said that he is hearing from other schools that it is getting more difficult to find people to call games.

“We’re in pretty good shape, and part of that is because we are hiring a year or more in advance,” Kraus said. “That is not the case for a lot of schools though.”

Kraus said he is already in the process of hiring volleyball officials for fall 2022å, and that he has started hiring basketball referees for the 2022-23 season already.

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