BOARDMAN OH- Many of sports fans in the area know Fred Mootz as the head coach of the Boardman Spartans softball team. But in his offseason he takes off his coach’s hat and puts on his referee one. From the youth level all the way to varsity, Mootz puts in a ton of time trying his best to better the game by policing the rules.

As Mootz gets ready for another go around as a football referee in the fall, he came on YSN’s Running Point to give us a little insight into the life of a referee. Officials are in the limelight right now more than ever with north east Ohio officials wanting to demand higher pay. As these conversations continue there’s no one better than someone who knows first hand the demands, responsibilities, and rewards of being an official. Don’t miss this exclusive interview with Fred Mootz only on YSN.