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"Let's Start Paying Referees"

Bill,

Your tournament at Jordan a week ago got me thinking about this thread again. Our club took one mat, and provided table help and a ref for both the Greco and Freestyle sessions, so we at least tried to be part of the only solution that currently exists for Utah wrestling.

However, it is just not good enough.

There were times that our mat had Schoolboy wrestlers as referees. I watched both them, as well as some of our more knowledgeable parents (and I won’t leave myself out) make bad calls that effected the outcome of matches. It is just a bad situation. Let’s up the registration fees, and start paying refs. We may not get enough right away, but It won’t take long. I have been involved in youth football for many years. Ute Conference pays refs $20 an hour, and now has more that 100 refs to call on for any weekend. It is good pay. If we offer the pay, soon we will have trained refs that are lining up to take the cash.

Doug Brown

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I second this idea!!  Not only does it sometimes lead to bad outcomes in matches, it also encourages "bad" behavior from parents or others that think they might influence a young ref into making a call in their favor. 

I helped with a table at Lone Peak. More than once, I saw a parent try and "strong arm" one of the young men into making or changing a call.  A paid ref would most likely not put up with this.  Also, it is confusing for the younger wrestlers who may still be trying to learn the sport to not have a properly ref'd match.

In fairness to the youth that have tried to help with this, they do an extremely good job for what they have to deal with.  I have heard parents say they like to let their kids do this because it helps them learn more about how they wrestle, but I think that should be left for practices.  If we want to become a "class" organization we would be willing to up the cost to do this.

Lisa

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Doug,

I was told this weekend what the competitive youth soccer league in Utah pays its refs - I'm pretty sure it was 30$/game. This is about a 1.5 hr job, so it is consistent with the pay for the football officials.

Kevin Davis

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