BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
MIDVALE – The Utah High School Activities Association’s executive committee is still pondering whether boys’ and girls’ basketball will have three referees on the floor next season.
That’s no fault of the executive committee, said UHSAA’s Kevin Dustin, who serves as executive director and director over baseball, basketball, theatre, football and golf.
“There were members that weren’t present during our last meeting,” he said. “At least, not that had any interest, so a vote wasn’t held.”
The missing members were scattered among the 4A and 5A classifications, making a vote on the manner moot. The decision was tabled until August because there are no meetings set during the month of July.
Dustin pointed out there’s no current policy on the number of officials being used on a per game basis. Typically, two officials are used during the regular season, and an additional referee is added to the playoffs. However, Dustin is hoping that there will be more of a consensus vote among the classifications on how may referees should be used during a game at any time.
“What we really want is a consensus through the classifications,” he said. “But different classifications will also have to abide by the classifications’ rules.”
Dustin used an example of having a 5A school visit a 3A school during the season, such as Davis going to Juan Diego. If Juan Diego were the host and had voted to use two referees, then Davis would have to obey the rule.
“If the roles were reversed and Davis’ classification voted to have three referees during a game,” Dusting said, “then Juan Diego will have to play Davis with three officials.”
Other sports with less than a normal count of referees, such as baseball, have not been discussed. Baseball uses two umpires through the playoffs until the final two days of the playoffs, said Dustin, and there’s been very little response about the other sports adding officials.
“The one thing we’re looking for in State tournaments is equality,” he said. “We’ll see how the votes will go in August.”