In a real bad mood right now. Found out earlier this week I was not selected to referee at the State High School Soccer Championship. Normally this would just be a disappointment that I could move on from but found out news that has me absolutely PO’d.
Referees are selected via nominations from referees, coaches, administrators etc., or so we thought. Turns out anyone can fill out a nomination form, and one of the people selected had numerous friends and family fill out forms with her name on it (and potentially other referees as well).
I’m absolutely livid and astounded that something so unethical and unprofessional was not only able to occur but also rewarded. I’m also angry that the only real reaction has been “well it sucks but there’s nothing we can do.” There’s no telling how many referees were cheated out of a spot by this action.
In addition, said referee has a younger brother playing for a school that will likely be playing in the tournament, meaning that team has now influence who referees in the tournament.
But hey, there’s nothing they can do...