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“'We are excited about this agreement with RefReps to assist the NFHS in providing education content for high school officials across the country. We are in complete agreement with RefReps’ mission to properly develop the next generation of great sports officials, and we look forward to working with RefReps alongside many of our member state associations.'”

NFHS News - Dr. Karissa Niehoff (Quote)



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"NFHS Begins Agreement with RefReps to Assist with Education Content for Officials..."

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Yahoo News

“This is a great opportunity for kids. When they are in college, they can be an umpire or a referee in a sport they love," he said. “They learn how to do sports statistics, operate a contest’s timing clock, and officiate"...

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Dakota News Now

"Nationwide, the average age of officials is nearing 60 years old, this is why on Tuesday, the South Dakota High School Activities Association announced a new partnership (with RefReps) with the goal of..."

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CBS News Boston

"The school partnered with RefReps and the MIAA for the curriculum. The lessons are all based on the NFHS Rules. The students spend one week in the classroom and the following week on the field. It's a yearlong class of various sports."

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The Sundance Times

"RefReps has been designed to help the national shortage of sports officials and covers numerous sports. Sundance students had the opportunity to help officiate lower levels (non-varsity) this fall and helped out during the JH District Tourney"...


Marion Star

"...This is work force development and instant employability..."


Coach & AD

"Boardman High School senior, Braeden Pugh, is an example of a program to bolster the declining ranks of sports officials. Pugh won a new $500 grant from RefReps and a group called ‘Save Our Sports'..."

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The Winchester Sun

“Over the last several years, there has been a decline of sports officials across the country. I recently read that in the last few years in all high school sports, over 50,000 officials have stepped away,”

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Vermillion Plain Talk

"With the assistance of RefReps Officiating Education System, Auch and Wiebers developed a plan to help college students become more employable and gain skills they may not get in the classroom setting."

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"'That's not safe or fair for those kids,' said Bloomington's David Pillar, a basketball official for 23 years and a representative for the relatively new training program RefReps, which aims to get more and younger licensed officials into the profession."

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Boston Globe

"At the beginning of the school year, Taunton athletic director Mark Ottavianelli and community liaison Chris Green were scrambling to find officials for high school games yet again"...

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NBC 10 Providence

“'The reason this all started was our community liaison, be noticed the lack of officials and the shortage of officials so he said why can’t our kids learn how to do this and then become officials,' said Taunton High School AD Mark Ottavianelli"...

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Wichita 12 News

"The referee shortage is felt across the country. In Kansas, the new man in charge of trying to recruit officials for high school sports is working to overcome that challenge (with RefReps)."

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Youngstown NBC News

“'The OHSAA has gone away from in-person classes which poses a challenge for new sports officials getting started,' said Brian Ladner, BHS Health/PE teacher who’s instructing the class..."

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Boston Herald

“The first is that it provides students an opportunity to become officials, which will hopefully help with the officiating shortage. Secondly, being an inner city school, it gives our kids an opportunity for employment, a chance to make some money.”


Richland Source

"(RefReps) is a good online tool to learn the basics of officiating and it’s available anytime, so in addition to being available to use within schools, it’s also available for adults who otherwise couldn’t get to an in-person class.”


Experience Magazine

"On several plays, I didn’t even recognize that a call needed to be made, and I only learned an infraction occurred when the instructor explained it."

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"Because of the need for younger assistance, the WVSSAC has lowered the minimum age requirement to 16 for youth sports at middle school levels and below. With the new age requirement, comes new ways to train as an official"...

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The Journal Gazette

"To expand its pool of officials, the Indiana High School Athletic Association partnered with RefReps, a company offering online officiating courses that include interactive training videos, instructor guides and assessments to educate the next generation..."

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“'We are thrilled to partner with RefReps to bring to schools the opportunity to offer officiating courses,' IHSAA executive director Tom Keating. 'The potential of this program to recruit young people to the profession of officiating is exciting..."

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"The IHSAA in an effort to not only expand its pool of officials, but broaden each individual’s knowledge, is working with RefReps, which offers comprehensive online officiating education courses that include..."


KSHSAA Covered

"...We feel the RefReps curriculum is a great resource for schools to use as they help develop the next generation of officials..."

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Hazelwood School District

"The district's first sports officiating class was offered at West High, with seven students completing the course, four seniors and three juniors... two seniors at West High have since completed their certification"...


MSHSAA All Access

"In this second episode of our RefReps series, we visit with Leeanna Meador, Principal at Tipton High School, and talk about what they are doing with the RefReps program and how it has impacted their students and community."

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The BCHS Sports Report

"In a letter sent out in 2019 by the NFHS and the OHSAA, more than 75% of all high school officials say 'adult behavior' is the primary reason they quit, according to a survey. And 80% of all young officials hang up their stripes after just two years"...


Nordonia HS Newsletter

“For many students, their athletic career ends after they leave high school. This gives them the opportunity to continue with the sport they loved.”

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“'The KHSAA is excited to partner with RefReps as a strategy to help promote our mission to address the shortage of licensed officials across Kentucky,' said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett"...

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Boston Herald

"This recent development can be attributed to a multitude of issues, many of which truly reared their ugly heads during the worldwide pandemic. Now the MIAA is attempting to combat the problem directly by partnering with a unique organization, . . ."

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"In an effort to combat increasingly low numbers of licensed officials throughout the state, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association is partnering with RefReps as a way to recruit, educate and retain a new generation of referees."

Dana Pappas, NFHS Director of Officiating Services

"I have been working with officials for close to 25 years and viewing this program and seeing how it fit into an educational curriculum was my 'a-ha' moment. For years, state associations have wanted a program and a curriculum that is 'plug and play' for their states. What RefReps has created fits that need because schools do not need an expert official to teach the course, they just need someone to facilitate a ready made curriculum."
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