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Minneapolis, MN (August 12, 2021) Minnesota Youth Athletic Services, Inc. (MYAS) is pleased to announce the addition of Tony Schrepfer to the team.  

Schrepfer will be a tremendous asset to our organization as his primary focus will be to recruit, educate, and retain youth officials. His passion for officiating and his 30+ years of experience on the court and on the field will benefit the Minnesota youth sports community and its participants. 

“The MYAS is thrilled to add Tony to our staff. His knowledge and expertise of officiating/umpiring in multiple sports and his passion for the craft will assist in every aspect of the youth sports experience, both in the sports we serve and the youth sports community as a whole. Everyone involved in youth sports have a challenge ahead of us due to the tremendous shortage of officials across all sports. Our mission at the MYAS is to improve the delivery of youth sports services, and Tony is committed to actively recruit, educate, and retain officials on an ongoing and consistent basis in order to keep them engaged and in the game,” said Dawson Blanck, Executive Director of MYAS.   

Tony Schrepfer, MYAS Director of Officiating
Tony Schrepfer, MYAS Director of Officiating

Get to Know Tony Schrepfer 

I’ve been officiating for over 30 years. Currently I’m actively officiating basketball, baseball, soccer, and fast pitch softball. I’ve also officiated lacrosse, slow pitch softball, and broomball.  Sports have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  I raced BMX for about six years and after that I got back into playing and that’s where I found my passion for becoming an official, because I knew my best playing days were behind me, but I still wanted to be a part of the game(s) and officiating gave me that avenue. My thought process is I get to go ref/umpire today, not I have to go ref/umpire today.   

I accepted the role of the Director of Officials here at the MYAS because I feel I can infuse some excitement in becoming an official. Also, I have a good understanding of and can share all the benefits of being an official. Being a player has certain demands, just as being an official has certain demands, and along with on court training, proper mechanics, and rules knowledge, you can go as far as you’d like as an official 

What I see for the future in officiating is that we get a new pool of officials who want to not only become an official, but also have the desire to officiate at any level they want to achieve. For basketball that could be high school varsity, NCAA, or even the NBA and for baseball it could be youth, high school varsity, amateur, NCAA, or even MLB.  

There are now and will always be games that need officials, and without officials it’s just recess. We officials turn recess into a game and either playing in the game or officiating in the game means you're still part of the game!  

I’m very passionate about being an official and I want to change the perception of what being an official looks and feels like. Right now is a great time to start your officiating career and with our help here at the MYAS, you can achieve your goals!  

 

MYAS Director of Officiating/Coordinator of Trusted Officials Job Responsibilities 

  • Coordinate with designated assignors of the MYAS and Trusted Assignors to ensure all game officials/umpires: 
  • are properly trained on MYAS policies and procedures related to their role and responsibilities as well as applicable general policies to maintain the status of a sub-contracted employee. 
  • maintain a clear understanding and knowledge of any/all Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) and National Federation of State High Schools (NFHS) rules updates and annual points of emphasis. 
  • continue to evaluate and update any modifications of MSHSL/NFHS rules as well as all rules for game play as they pertain to any MYAS administered tournaments, leagues, and special events established by the MYAS, the Board of Advisors that represents the MYAS within each applicable sport, and initiatives such as the Minnesota Youth Basketball Alliance (MYBA). 
  • Establish regular open and transparent communications with assignors to ensure that any changes, modifications, enhancements, or clarifications are clear to the game officials/umpires. 
  • Establish regular communications with hosting organizations and/or MYAS tournament directors to ensure that there is alignment with specific event expectations. 
  • Monitor assignments to guarantee that all events have the appropriate number of officials/umpires available and assigned. 
  • Plan for and enact contingencies as required for officials/umpires or assignors that may become available on both short and long notice. 
  • Coordinate with MYAS designated assignors to make certain that all assignments for any administered event is completed and submitted through the GameMaker system on a weekly basis. 
  • Establish a consistent and fair pay scale for assignors and game officials/umpires. 
  • Coordinate with MYAS-designated assignors for proper submission of payroll after the completion of MYAS-administered weekend events. This includes verification of pay scale and individuals assigned; approval of pay report; and submission of tournaments, leagues, and events to MYAS Executive Director and accounting staff. 
  • Collaborate with MYAS marketing staff, youth athletic associations, assignors, and individual officials/umpires to recruit, retain, and educate officials on an ongoing and consistent basis. 
  • Continue to develop a relationship with the MSHSL and other statewide youth sports organizations, associations, and assignors to proactively address existing, upcoming, or possible future rule changes and ensure proper dissemination of the rules. 
  • Develop, implement, and deliver regular cadence for ongoing, continuing in-season education for active and inactive officials/umpires. 
  • Development, implement, deliver, and/or train others for the implementation of required in person and virtual training to maintain officials in good standing and with an impeccable understanding of the appropriate rules. 
  • Collaborate across governing bodies to reduce duplication of requirements across organizations to ensure minimal hours of administrative time for officials/umpires. 
  • Assist in improving the understanding of the roles of officials/umpires across the youth sports community and educating on better ways to interact based on individual roles within the community. 
  • Support the development of tools and technology to ensure efficient and timely delivery of training, services, and information for officials and partners in the delivery of events. 
  • Develop, manage, and maintain the Trusted Officials curriculum through various means, such as in-person/virtual training camps and clinics and online modules, courses and continuing education through www.trustedofficials.org, and any other enhancements to grow the platform that will benefit every youth official. 
  • Establish partnerships, provide exemplary service, solid marketing, and promotion to connect youth sports officials and assignors with the Trusted Officials platform and any other in-person, virtual or online means of training, screening, and education. 
  • Recruit youth sports officials/umpires to utilize the Trusted Officials platform and other in-person, virtual or online means to provide training, screening, and education. 
  • Manage social media campaigns and regularly promote officiating and its benefits. 
  • Create printed, online publications and articles for marketing purposes. 
  • Develop marketing plans with the MYAS Executive Director related to officiating and Trusted Officials. 
  • Effectively communicate with prospective officials, organizations, and assignors via phone, video conference, or in-person meetings or other special events 
  • Build and maintain relationships with members of the youth sports community. 

 

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