It's not not even the "softness" of this generation. They go to the games and see the example that's displayed by their parents. They see what happens to referees and are deciding that won't be them until they otherwise see improvement.The problem I see with the ref shortage is most kids that are graduating and going to college today are too soft and they don't like to be yelled at or chewed out by coaches or fans. I am not putting our new generation down but I work with a lot of younger folks and I see it all the time.
Exactly. Unless we're all cool on having Thursday and Saturday games and non district double and triple headers at a neutral sited location (which I believe the majority doesn't want)I agree with you but why don't we try to be better about yelling at officials. Fans and coaches treat them so poorly, why would anyone want to sign up for that?