Basketball and soccer officials will get a bump in their fee structure

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DENVER — Varsity basketball and soccer officials will get a bump in their fee structure following a vote of CHSAA's Legislative Council on Wednesday.

Basketball officials working a three-person crew at varsity games will earn $60 per game on a three-man crew starting with the 2019-20 season, a bump from $53.

Varsity soccer officials on three-person crews will earn $59 for a center referee, and $54.50 for assistant referees.

"The schools understand the issues around funding averages for officials across the nation and that Colorado is in the lower tier," said CHSAA associate commissioner Tom Robinson, who oversees officials. "However, our schools are trying to do the best the can with the budgets they have to make those increases meaningful in a timely manner."

Additionally, the officials fees report which was approved calls for a $6 travel stipend to be paid by Denver and Colorado Springs metro area schools to officials registered in those areas for the 2020-22 cycle, and a $10 stipend for the 2022-24 cycle.

This stipend will be paid once per assignment at a site per day. Previously, the stipend was $2.

Football officials were already scheduled to increase to $61 per game for the 2020-22 two-year cycle, per a previously approved fee structure.