Beaver Dam High School’s football game scheduled for Friday night at Watertown has been moved to Saturday night at 7pm because no officials were available to work the game in its originally scheduled time.
“Everyone across the state, across the nation probably, has been looking for officials. We just don’t have them. It’s a shortage everywhere. This is just the reality now.” Beaver Dam Athletic Director Melissa Gehring told DailyDodge.com. “We always knew there was going to be a shortage of officials coming up just for people aging out and retiring. Then COVID hit and it sped up the process so to speak.”
Gehring added that officials that are still on the fields and courts this fall are overwhelmed with how much they are in demand. “It feels like begging, and some of them are tapped out and they just can’t get to games. They want to help but they can’t, so I’d encourage anybody who has an inkling at all that they might be interested to contact us so we can get them potentially licensed. “
The WIAA released a statement earlier this year that only 6,071 officials registered to work games for the 2021-22 school year, down from 9,249 in 2019-20.
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You can still watch Saturday night’s Beaver Dam @ Watertown football game on DailyDodge TV.
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