Rep. Carbaugh: Refereeing at all ages
STATEHOUSE – Senate Bill (SB) 153, sponsored by State Representative Suzanne Crouch (R-Evansville) and co-sponsored by State Representative Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne), was signed into law today by Gov. Pence.
SB 153 allows a child aged 12 or older to become a certified referee, umpire or official. A child must still be certified in order to participate in an athletic program, but with the required testing and licensing complete they will be able to be compensated for their work.
“This bill allows younger children who are interested in sports to officiate games and learn good work ethics and principles,” said Rep. Carbaugh. “The next generation of Hoosier leaders needs somewhere to start, and being a sports official is a great place to learn.”
Current law allows children from 14 to 18 to work as farm laborers, domestic service providers, golf caddies and newspaper carriers with the proper regulations. This bill lowers the age a child is able to work for a youth athletic program to the age of 12.
“Children starting to referee earlier translates into better referees and a better understanding of their sport,” said Rep. Carbaugh. “Teaching kids responsibility and commitment at a younger age will only make them better Hoosiers in the future.”
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State Rep. Martin Carbaugh serves as Vice Chairman of the Insurance Committee. He also serves on the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee. Rep. Carbaugh represents a portion of Allen County.