MISSOURI (KFVS) - The Missouri high school football season will kick off in August.
For some teams, finding enough players can be an issue. The same can be said for the guys in stripes.
We notice the referees during the game, but for many people that is where it ends.
Currently, Missouri is having a shortage of high school football refs. So much so that they are struggling to staff games.
We talked to some members of the Southeast Missouri State University Football Officials Association about what they are doing to fix the problem.
"We have seen we have a shortage in quality Missouri high school football officials," Chris Rushin, south district director of the SEMO Football Officials Association, said.
The lack of officials is causing big problems for Friday night.
"We have a need," John Munech, executive director of the SEMO Football Officials Association, said. "We may have problems this fall covering football games we have in the area."
The Association is trying to fill the gaps.
"We are asking former coaches, former players and even non-players to take the step to being an official," Rushin said.
A quicker training may be the next step.
"We have a training program that would put them on the field in a shorter time," John Munech said.
Even with the fast track, the standards are staying the same. Chris Rushin said not only do they want to put quality football officials on the field, but they want them to be experienced and be successful every night.