As the start of the high school fall sports season draws closer, uncertainty and concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to crop up. Assigner for the Columbia Football Officials Association, Craig David, says he is concerned for the health of the group’s officials.

While no Columbia Football Officials Association members have opted out of the 2020 season, David says that concern is still very real.

While there is an uncertainty of whether there will be a high school football season in Missouri, there is just as much uncertainty of what the sport will look like if games are played. David says masks and specialized whistles are among some potential differences for officials in 2020.

The assignment schedule for refs with the Columbia Football Officials Association has been completed. However, David indicates they would likely have to make changes if the situation with the pandemic worsens.

The high school football season in Missouri is scheduled to start August 28th.