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Officials Assault Legislation

Earlier this week, Senator Morris Hood reintroduced the sports officials’ assault legislation which stalled in the Senate last term. The Judiciary Committee may consider the bill as soon as next Tuesday (March 7, 2017). The bill addresses assaults on officials during a sporting event. To review the bill, click here: Review Senate Bill 201 

If you have been a victim of assault (as an official) and you are interested in testifying please contact Jim Dworman.  He can be contacted at jdworman@dflaw.com

There are three local senators on the committee. You can look up the senator for where you live here: State Senator Look Up  Even if you’re not covered by these senators, we strongly encourage you to make your voice heard on this matter.

Patrick Colbeck – District 7 – Canton Township, Livonia city, Northville city, Northville Township, Plymouth city, Plymouth Township, and Wayne city

Steve Bieda – District 9 – Center Line, Eastpointe, Fraser, Roseville, Warren, and a portion of Clinton Township

Tory Rocca – District 10 – Clinton Township (part), Macomb Township, and Sterling Heights

Below is some suggested language that can be used when contacting your state senator. Feel free to copy and paste into an email and personalize as you see fit:

As a sports official, I’d like to bring your attention Senate Bill 201 introduced in the Senate Judiciary Committee February 28 by Senator Morris Hood. The bill addresses assaults on officials during a sporting event. It’s an important piece of legislation to protect and support the hard working men and women that give their days and nights to help make athletic contests possible. I know myself and others will be following this legislation closely and encourage you to help bring it to the desk of Governor Snyder.

Message from the MDAO Board

by metrod12_wp 0 Comments

By now you’ve probably heard of the incident that happened to some of our fellow officials last week. The conditions and environment at Hazel Park High School that allowed this to occur have no place in high school athletics. It’s the responsibility of the site administration to provide a safe and secure setting for contests. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Have the public address announcer, team member, or cheerleaders read a sportsmanship statement and remain unbiased during the contest.
  • Make sure an event supervisor on scene understands the duties and responsibilities pertinent to that contest.
  • Make sure proper crowd control is visible and in place.
  • Observe the crowd during the contest and prevent any disturbances that may occur.
  • Work with the official during the game regarding crowd control.
  • Escort the officials safely back to the dressing room or automobiles.

We’re following this situation closely and the MDAO will continue to support our membership however we can. Thank you for the professionalism you all continue to display on a nightly basis.


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We’ll work to reply as soon as we can with rules references and interpretation. This will help us as a group learn from our experiences and better plan for meetings.