USD To Offer Officiating Courses To Help High School Referee Shortage

(Vermillion, SD) — The University of South Dakota is going to offer officiating courses to combat the high school sports referee shortage in the state. It’s a new partnership with the South Dakota High School Activities Association. According to information from USD, the state has just a little over 16-hundred officials, and those existing referees continue to age while shortages remain an issue. Starting in the spring of 2024, students will be able to earn college credit through two different two-credit, hybrid courses for officiating football and volleyball. They can officiate high school and club sports events after completing the course.

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