Super Sportsmanship

Super Sportsmanship


By John Engh

NAYS Executive Director

I recently had the opportunity to speak at a sportsmanship conference held in Raleigh, N.C. The event was co-hosted by the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and Silbo, a company trying to make it easier for officials to connect with organizations that need them. Both groups were put off by recent events and reports involving the verbal and physical abuse of officials at youth sports events.

The bottom line is there’s a real issue in recruiting and keeping sports officials – and with good reason. Young people just don’t think the money is worth the abuse; older, more experienced officials are quitting in higher numbers because they don’t like how the games have changed for the worst. Continue reading  this column that appears in the January, 2020 issue of Parks & Rec Business magazine…


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