UIL increases officials pay
Last Friday night, an unfortunate situation occurred in Riesel where of all things - especially being that it was Texas High School Football - the officials were a no-show. This forced Riesel, a team that was already bound for the first round of the playoffs, to forfeit their game to district foe Itasca and issue out an apology to both team’s fans.
However, the fault wasn’t with Riesel. The fact is Texas has a shortage of officials that has been a plague over the past few years.
According to a report from Erin Cargile with Austin’s KXAN, the University Interscholastic League has decided to increase pay for high school football officials to fight the shortage.
The increase comes after a two-year study on how to combat the problem.
Normally, officials are paid a percentage of ticket sales from the gate and money for travel.
Beginning next school year, the minimum amount a football official can make - according to Cargile’s report - will go from $60 to $100. That will help offset the gate percentage, whether the stands are full or barely full. Travel pay will be flat fees based on a certain radius, so schools won’t have to calculate mileage from where each official lives and how far they drove to get to the stadium.
If anyone is interested in becoming a football official, or an official for other high school sports, information is available on the taso.org/sports/football website.