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State athletic association announces first Officials Appreciation Day

LATHAM — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. will host its first Officials Appreciation Day on Wednesday. It will be a day that student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans are encouraged to thank the officials who make interscholastic athletics possible.

Officials Appreciation Day was established to recognize officials at every level, including modified, who officiate games or events during the fall, winter or spring seasons within the NYSPHSAA. The concept was initiated by the NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Committee more than a year ago. An Officials Appreciation Day will take place each year on the Wednesday of Week 13 on the state’s standard athletic calendar. In 2020, Officials Appreciation Day will be celebrated Sept. 30.

“We are excited to honor the officials across New York State on October 2,” NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas said in a new release. “Without officials there would be no interscholastic athletics for our student-athletes to participate. It is important for us to thank officials for the job they do and show them how much we value and appreciate them.”

NYSPHSAA has offered student-athletes, school districts and fans several ideas to encourage participation in the 2019 NYSPHSAA Officials Appreciation Day including:

— Like and follow NYSPHSAA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tag your photos, videos and messages with #NYSPHSAAOfficialsDay.

— Greet and escort officials on day of the game.

— Announce the officials over the PA before the game.

— Meet and greet with officials after the game.

— Take a picture with both teams and the officials after the game.

— A thank you card signed by one or both of the teams.

— Provide water and/or snacks for the officials.

— Say thank you to an official before, during or after a game or contest.

— Post a message on the marquee of the school.

— Bring a sign to a game that says thank you to an official.

— Shake hands after a game or contest and thank an official for their service

— NYSPHSAA will send all section representative a PA announcement to recognize and thank the officials at the games.

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