It made me think about the plight we are in as referees and the vacancies the referee program has available. I echo Chief Justice Roberts thoughts that a full strength refereeing core will operate more efficiently.
Fortunately in our case referees do not require Senate conformation, but they do need to get trained.
To that end, I challenge you all in 2011 to bring a new referee into the fold. Make it a New Years resolution.
For those of us in Massachusetts, take a look here at the available course for youth referees, for those outside these state boarders, go to your local association and see what they have.
As we all know, we need all the help we can get, and if every registered referee works to bring just one along with them, we can fill the spots we need to match the growing game, and fill those thousands of spots left by referees who have left THE game after only a year or two.
So please, in this year of change, bring a friend, we could use the help.