Seems the worst sports on the field aren't kids … it's their parents.
Apparently there is a nationwide shortage of youth referees … and it's entirely attributed to instances of verbal and even physical abuse from volatile parents and coaches.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, 80 percent of high school refs are quitting before their third year, and they are having real problems recruiting anyone to do the job. In many states, games are being cancelled or postponed due to a lack of referees. In South Carolina, for example, 70 percent of new officials in youth soccer do not return after their first year.
In addition to verbal and sometimes physical abuse, these referees are often subjected to abuse online.