Baseball Sherbrooke management is appealing to the public to resolve the referee shortage. Currently, there are only 17 referees who divide the work into about thirty matches per week.
The sharp increase in registrations this season increases the need to recruit new officials.
Too much pressure
Baseball Sherbrooke mainly hires young people between the ages of 13 and 17 for this seasonal referee job.
According to Martine Théoret, head of scorers and client for Baseball Sherbrooke, these young people often have their first job. Coaches and parents of players would sometimes criticize them seriously, without agreeing on their decisions.
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It is not always obvious their role in the field, there is still a lot of pressure … often the young do not becomeShe adds.
She invites people to be sensitive to these young judges and instead recommends an approach in learning mode, in critical mode“.
Young people not always reliable“
The young age of the referees also comes with other issues for Baseball Sherbrooke. Martine Théoret admits that these inexperienced judges are not not always reliable»Since someone cancels their presence the same day due to family activities or personal obstacles.
The organization wants parents or other adults to offer their help as a civil servant. The latter could support the youngest and create an enriching dynamic.
Martine Théoret remembers that it is not necessary to guarantee a certain number of hours to be a judge. Interested parties are invited to make their availability known to Baseball Sherbrooke.