‘Perfect Storm’ of Transportation Problems, Staff Shortages and Devastating COVID-19 for High School Sports | Live high school
“Ironically enough, I think the bus might be a bigger problem than the officials right now because we can’t go anywhere if people can’t reach us,” Rementer said.
Ocean City only has one away bus, driven by Patrick Callahan. If the Red Raiders need more, they hire them. Callahan knows there is a shortage and it has affected others, but not him so much. The only difference this year is that the part-time driver is being asked to do more, sometimes on days when he requests time off.
“It’s difficult because they (other schools) can’t have drivers to cover all the sports, but for me it’s not a problem because I work every day,” Callahan said.
Officials have seen the impact of these issues before, including Gaile Rockey, who is in her seventh year umpiring in field hockey and women’s lacrosse. Rockey was recently awarded a game that was called off because a team couldn’t get transportation.
Most of the state’s referees are older and are retiring, according to athletic directors and high school athletic officials in the state. The need for younger people has been an issue over the past couple of years, but with concerns over COVID-19 and the official treatment from coaches and parents, most don’t want to face it, which is scaring new faces. .
Mike Gatley called himself a “Cape Atlantic and South Jersey League dude.”
The effects were seen in all sports, but soccer and field hockey in boys and girls were the most affected.