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Be the Referee

By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

What officials don’t do 

Game officials at all levels have a lot of responsibilities. But there are some critical things that take place at local high school games where officials don’t have the authority that some folks think they do. Let’s start with injuries – specifically concussions. Concussion management starts and ends with the local school. If an official suspects a concussion–or any injury–all he or she can do is notify the coach of the team. The school makes the decision about whether or not a player stays in the game. We often get calls about whether or not an official is responsible for enforcing MHSAA Handbook rules. Again, it’s up to the school, which agrees to follow and enforce the rules when joining the Association. Even if the official suspects an ineligible player is in the game, it’s not his or her role to enforce that rule. It’s all on the school.

Be the Referee is a weekly message from the Michigan High School Athletics Association that is designed to help educate people on the rules in different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

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