ILLINOIS — There is a nationwide shortage of high school sports officials, and Illinois has not been immune to the issue. While the number of officials in Illinois isn’t causing some issues other states are facing, the IHSA is encouraging people to look into becoming a high school official.
Sam Knox is the Assistant Director over Officials with the IHSA. He recently appeared on the Saturday Sports Show and says while recruiting new officials is important, it’s just as important to retain the ones they have and that they bring in.
Knox says other states have had to start moving varsity football games away from Friday nights because there are not enough officials to go around.
For more information on becoming an IHSA official, you can go to IHSA.org and under the officials tab, click on “How to Become a Licensed Official.”