Thank you for your insight - I figured this generally was the case, but seeing as how I dont dawn the stripes I didnt want to openly speculate.First, there is a definite shortage that has nothing to do with the virus. I invite anyone who loves the sport, and thinks they have what it takes, to come out and join the dark side.
Second, as an assignor, I have only had about 5 guys who decided not to work this season. I fully understand as they have to do what is best for themselves and their family. There is NO positive side to taking needless risks. The league I assign for has duals and tri meets scheduled but, other than the league meet, no big tournaments have been scheduled. As I tell all the guys, we have to be flexible and ready to accept scheduling changes. So far I have have no issue filling the slots in the schedule. Guys want to work and be on the mat.
The question in the post above asking if officials who opt out would be able to do post season? That is a call the OHSAA will have to make when the time is right. First we have to start the season and then we have to get to the post season. That is a long time away.
I remain positive but I also know things can change very quickly. Those changes are made far above me and all I can do is deal with them as they occur.
It is 6 Varsity contracts in the current year and in the preceding year.As independent contractors referees can always opt to work or not work.
I know that there were some referees across sports that chose not to renew their license for the 2020-21 school year. However, I think that was more an issue with fall sports officials, as there was massive uncertainty at the time of renewal as to if there would be seasons (who wanted to pay for licensure in a season that possibly wouldn't exist, especially with some also being spring sports officials that had just lost a season w/o refund). I am betting there was a lesser percentage of winter referees that went inactive in comparison to the fall.
Myself being a soccer official, I can tell you that the primary association I am in/group from which I get games assigned saw a 15% opt out rate from its membership. This is completely independent of the normal change in referee base (new ones coming in, incumbent ones choosing to "retire").
I do not know what the rules & regulations are for wrestling officials in terms of post-season. For example to be eligible for soccer post-season you have to officiate 10 games of the gender in question (or 8 games of each gender) in both the current year and the immediately preceding year. I don't know if wrestling has that type of regulation in place.