Youth Sports Officials: We NEED YOU!

Youth Sports Officials: We NEED YOU!


Youth sports programs around the country continue being plagued by a shortage of officials, putting many seasons in peril and jeopardizing opportunities for kids to play the sports they love.

At our upcoming 21st annual Youth Sports Congress in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 16-19, an important session – Youth Sports Officials: We NEED YOU! – will be led by Trenton Buchman, Gordie Wetmore, and Craig Oswald. 

During the session they will explore ways to effectively and efficiently recruit, train, and evaluate youth sports officials. Attendees will come away from this session with proven strategies to ensure their youth sports officials are the best. 

Attendees will learn how to:

•Identify essential traits that officials and referees must possess. 

•Effectively and successfully recruit sports officials. 

•Discuss the officials’ training continuum in-season and off-season. 

Born and raised in Emporia, Kan., Trenton Buchman has degrees in Recreation and Physical Education with a Minor in Coaching from Emporia State University. He currently officiates high school varsity games in football, basketball, and softball for KSHSAA. He is the Recreation Coordinator at Blue Valley Recreation Commission (BVRC) in Overland Park, Kan., a Board of Director for the Kansas Sports Officials Association (KSOA), current Sports Branch Chair for the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association, and is an active Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA). He also has 11 years’ experience of being a Sports Officials Coordinator (BVRC) where he hired, trained, and evaluated more than 300 seasonal employees annually. 

Gordie Wetmore spent the past 15 years serving as a soccer and basketball referee for varying age groups. He also served as the Board Secretary and Soccer Committee Chair of the Kansas Sports Officials Association (KSOA), President of the Kansas City Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (KCISOA), and State Youth Referee Administrator for the Kansas Soccer Referee Committee. Wetmore is currently the Director of Referee Development for Kansas Youth Soccer in Olathe, Kan. 

Craig Oswald was first attracted to the world of officiating sports when he umpired his first game at age 12. Now he works college football games at the Division 2 Level for the RMAC and high school football for the UHSAA. Oswald is currently the recreation director in Nephi, Utah, and is an active CYSA. 

The Youth Sports Congress is a comprehensive educational experience designed specifically for youth sports administrators. Early bird registration is open! Get registered here. You can also check out the full Youth Sport Congress Schedule. Registration includes attending the NAYS Youth Sports Congress and the AB Show, plus general registration includes earning (or updating) the Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential via the Academy for Youth Sports Administrators. 

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