The recruitment and retention of high school sport officials in Minnesota: An Exploratory Analysis
Date of Award
Master of Science in Coaching and Athletic Administration
The issue that this proposal study will address is the current officiating shortage for Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) sanctioned events. High school games are being rescheduled and at times canceled altogether due to the lack of available registered officials needed to ensure games are officiated correctly and with quality. In order to address this problem, the purpose of this proposed study will be to explore the types of interactions, both positive and negative, that registered MSHSL officials have had with players, coaches, and fans at events they have officiated. To gather the data, an online survey would be conducted and completed by current MSHSL registered officials. This proposed study would have a plethora of audiences that deem to benefit from its findings. Athletes, administrators, coaches, fans, and the officials would all benefit from a more quality gameday experience when examining the data retrieved from this study and in turn, help reverse the trend of the officiating shortage in Minnesota.