We are likely to have a season shortage of registered and background checked referees. We as coaches and the primary representatives of and examples for our teams will need to respond to the ongoing situation in a professional, mature, and safe for kids appropriate manner.
Our assigners cannot snap their fingers and make new referees appear, any more than they can magically make our referees better at their jobs. Our assigners cannot force referees to take certain meets, yours, and not others, theirs. Nor can they or the referees dictate the length of any meet, including the one the referee is doing before yours, or dictate the effects of NJ rush hour traffic between meet locations.
Referees are made from a mixture of error-prone-human and years-of-practice-fencing-and-refereeing. Some times they are going to make mistakes. That's life; that's fencing. Get over it. Grow up. Act like a professional.
Honestly, the vast majority of the coaches I have met have been and do so. Let us continue to do so and remind our fellow coaches politely that we need to teach our fencers that we expect them to become referees as Juniors and Seniors and to continue with this service afterward.
Three cheers for the high school kids who have become good referees and will step in to help when asked.