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Re: Refs - Its "Official"

Many good points already mentioned above. I have been reffing for 10 years and have learned that the key to keeping things under control is game management. Much easier as an adult than a kid. Very hard for a 14 year old to deal with an adult mite coach acting like a idiot. My son reffed for one year and was out because of this type of nonsense.
I do multiple sports and the start up and the yearly recertification required by USA hockey is much more time consuming than all of the other sports combined. The reason refs are doing 5-7 games a day is that if we didn't many more games would be cancelled. Finally hockey pays the least per game by far than the other youth sports. Youth Football $65 per game, Girls and boys lacrosse $75 per game, Soccer $60 per game, field hockey $60 per game, Basketball $55 per game. Ice Hockey $32-$42 per game depending on the level. Do the math - where would you go if you had the choice.