At home events conducted over the next two weeks, Tech High School will be giving special recognition and showing appreciation to the game officials that will be working each contest as part of the Minnesota State High School League’s “Thank A Ref” Campaign.
More than 6,000 officials serve Minnesota’s high schools by doing their best to ensure all contests are fair, safe and fun. Without officials, we do not have games. It is just recess.
Varsity-level officials register with the MSHSL, complete annual online rules meetings and attend training clinics on a regular basis. In addition, they spend countless hours in preparation and traveling to contests.
High school officiating is an avocation, not a vocation, something done in addition to full-time employment. Officials work for the enjoyment of staying involved with the sports that they love and the opportunity to give back.
Officials are crucial in providing our student participants an opportunity to learn life lessons through sports. Enforcing the rules of the game fairly and consistently, and holding students and coaches to behavior expectations are vitally important to successful high school events.
The officials at upcoming Tech High School events will receive special recognition as we thank them for their efforts.
These are the events at Tech were we will be recognizing officials:
Sept. 22: Girls Soccer vs. Rocori
Sept. 24: Girls Swimming vs. Moorhead, Boys Soccer vs. Willmar
Sept. 25: Football vs. Apollo
Sept. 29: Volleyball vs. Rocori, Boys Soccer vs. Sartell
We ask that all fans attending these events to be especially appreciative of the officials and the great job they do in serving our programs. More officials are needed in all sports and at all levels. For more information, go to the MSHSL website at www.mshsl.org. Scroll down and click on the “Become an Official” logo for more information, or contact the Tech High School Activities Office.