Recently the same question keeps popping up all over the place. What is it going to take to get more people in the sports officiating space? There are many reasons why people don’t want to become umpires and referees. Between not wanting to deal with the fans, to the grey area that is training to become a sports official. But, what people don’t realize is how great of a side gig/hobby sports officiating can be.
With Silbo, you can work whenever you want. Let’s take a minute to think about how rare that is. This app doesn’t require you to determine your availability or commit to any games you don’t want to work. This puts Silbo in the same category as apps such as Uber and Lyft. However, Silbo averages more money per hour than any other work app. And let’s be real, it is a lot more enjoyable to work with sports than it is driving around or delivering food.
The next issue is to tackle is training. Different leagues require different levels of training. But, often times the process is fairly simple. Training normally requires videos to be watched and a few hours spent in-person working scrimmages or practicing scenarios. To become a sports official at elite level it takes a lot of dedication, but at the youth level there are many different avenues to becoming a trained official.
Another issue that seems to come up is the intimidation of having to deal with angry fans. This seems to be the number one cause of retention issues across the country. With Silbo, we work with each league on harassment and code of conduct policies to ensure that the sports officials are protected at all times.
So, if you are a sports fan and you’re looking to pick up a hobby or make some extra money, I strongly encourage you to download this app and talk with one of our Silbo employees. Officiating may be exactly what you never knew you needed!