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Question Number: 18931

Appearance 4/30/2008

RE: 8 High School

Mark V Stevens of Owosso, Michigan USA asks...

Is there an official pair of long pants that can be 'legally' worn to officiate during extreamly cold conditions? I wore a pair of black Adidas wind pants this week to AR a varsity game and I was told by the head ref that my pants were not 'legal'. I know that all three officials should be dressed alike. I am nursing a pulled groin muscle and the cold air makes it tighten up.

Mark V Stevens

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Well Mark you'll feel like you just ran into a brick wall after you read this.

Although the NFHS rules allow the referee to wear a hat, long trousers and other paraphernalia to keep themselves warm they don't mention what is to be worn. Just like other things they leave it to other folks to make that decision. US Soccer doesn't help because their referee uniform is shorts, long socks and shoes not winter boots, long trousers and thermal underwear. Football is a winter sport and the players are dressed in shorts, long stockings and shoes and they stay warm by running about. In this Game the match officials dress like the players except for the shirt color.

If you are not fit you shouldn't accept matches not dress for the worst and gut it out. I am just now returning to near full fitness after hand surgery on 17th March. I have accepted a match this evening and I anticipate no difficulties with my fitness. My assignor has stated that he would rather have me out there broken than 80% of the referees available to him -- my integrity won't permit me to work matches when I'm impared. The players on my matches desreve nothing less than that.

Get better and then work, don't get dressed and give 50%...


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Answer provided by Referee Ben Mueller

Hats and pants are not part of the referee uniform. As Mr. Fleischer stated...if you are running, then you will warm up.

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