They already do this after every game. It’s about two hours long. You have no idea what D1-A officials have to go through in football and basketball lol.How about a grading system for refs. Ya know, like they grade players, coaches, etc.
And I'm not talking about a paper (regurgitate the rules) test, or the stamina test.
I'm talking film critique.
Make the grade, keep your job. If not, you don't.
It would weed out the incompetence.
These guys are the absolute best in the business and there are several every year who don’t cut the mustard and aren’t brought back. If you want to start replacing the current crop of officials get ready for things to get exponentially worse immediately. Like mind-blowingly worse. If you think there’s “incompetence” at that level you’re so far detached from reality I don’t know what to say.
I’ve umpired high school, Legion, and NAIA baseball for 21 years total, and done HS football for 7. Never basketball. If you think these guys aren’t at the absolute pinnacle of what’s available out there or if you think any part of it is simple or easy to do, I’d recommend you talk to your local officials association or high school AD and give it a try. They’d take you in a heartbeat, not kidding...there’s a huge need. Going by how you think they aren’t judged or graded on everything they do, or how you think there’s a big line of perfect officials out there just waiting for a D1-A guy to get the boot, I’m guessing you’d get chewed up and spit out even at the high school level.
Funny side note, the reason there’s a shortage of officials and prospective new officials is because of fans like you at games who think it’s easy and obvious to do their job. It’s ok though, until I tried it myself for the first time, I thought it was easy too.