They Made Officiating (November 2007)

One of our more challenging compilations identified the people who were most influential in shaping and maintaining the officiating industry.

Defining the “It” Factor

Rules knowledge, mechanics and making the right calls are important. Missing any of those elements can break your career, but having them won’t...

Crew Harmony Leads to Better Games & More Fun

When any game assignment arrives, all sorts of questions usually race through an official’s mind. Who’s playing and where is it being played are immediate, but don't...

Baseball Umpiring A-Z

To be a successful umpire, you need to keep your head in the game. That’s why we’ve collected some of the best umpiring...

Don’t Lose Focus

Some inexperienced second referees lose focus at times and turn their attention away from the net too soon to watch that great defensive play in the back...

7 Reasons Why Communication With Your Partner Pays Off

The words “requires excellent communication skills” are part of virtually every job description in today’s market, to the point where they’ve become meaningless...

No Crime to Ask For Help

Why are some officials hesitant to go to a partner for help on a play? At a time when officials are under more...

The 18 Best Calls in Officiating History (March 2007)

While 24-hour sports television networks replay perceived missed calls ad nauseum, no one had ever attempted to compile a list of officials’ best...

Expect the Unexpected

Most of us are well aware that bad judgment or lack of focus in the last minute of a game can destroy the...

Battle Long Game Fatigue

Some games seem to take longer than they should — like Yankees vs. Red Sox games — but the sports we officiate have...

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