A new class offered by Delavan-Darien High School and sanctioned by the WIAA has led to a new crop of certified basketball and volleyball referees.
The “Sports Officiating Class,” taught by DDHS physical education teacher and coach Hank Johnson (who has refereed games frequently over his career), was offered for the first time this fall semester.
Students learned about coaching, officiating, and “hot topics of sports,” Johnson said. The students also took part in coaching interviews.
We’re thrilled to report that because of the class, we now have 21 students who now holding a license in volleyball officiating, and 20 who hold a license in basketball officiating, through the WIAA.
The student referees are allowed to officiate JV 2 and lower games for those sports. They must also only officiate in games where the Comets are not participants. This is gainful employment for students as WIAA referees are paid for their services!