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Lori Riley: Recruiting, Retaining High School Athletics Officials In Connecticut Can Be A Challenge

Lori Riley: Recruiting, Retaining High School Athletics Officials In Connecticut Can Be A Challenge

It’s the middle of September. Basketball season is a few months away. But the people who are looking to recruit new basketball officials for Central Connecticut Board 6 are a little worried.

Only six applicants have signed up so far. Training starts at the end of the month. Normally the board, which is responsible for officiating basketball games from Enfield to Deep River, has 25-30 applicants.

“It’s a problem, locally and nationally,” Board 6 president Bill Tatelman said. “I like to think when the economy is going good and people are working, they’re not looking to make money officiating.

“One could argue officiating sports is not...

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