State By State Independent Contractor Unemployment Resources

State by state, the impact of the recent CARES Act will affect sports officials differently. It is our ultimate goal to provide you...

Defeat Negative Attitudes. Enjoy Your Games.

S Officials come face-to-face with a great deal of negativity — their own, that of other officials or that of coaches and players. There...

Apply 5 Cs for Healthy Game and Diet

Managing your diet is like managing a game or match. Game management is constantly emphasized at meetings and camps. Most officials would agree that...

Proactively Address Abuse on the Court or Field

The failure to proactively address sexual and other forms of abuse of amateur athletes can result in severe consequences — including criminal prosecution...

Flopping for Fouls has Repercussions

The NBA continues to have a real problem with “flopping.” League officials recently levied some fines and penalties for “faking being fouled,” and the rampant...

70+ Free Officiating Video Sessions Available On Demand – WATCH NOW!

The Sports Officiating SUMMIT@HOME was an incredible success! All the videos are still available for EVERYONE to watch ON-DEMAND, totally free. The National...

Sports Seasons Modifications Update

(11/25) The NFHS is tracking the status of high school sports as fall seasons approach. Because of the pandemic, several states have delayed...

Bunt, Slap and Checked-Swing Quandaries 

The photo above provides an interesting conundrum for umpires. While it is just a snapshot, it leads to some intriguing questions and forces us to get into...

When does the 2020-21 college basketball season start?

(11/24) The 2020-21 NCAA Division I men's college basketball season will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Members of the NCAA DI Council approved...

Nigel Owens: ‘We need to get back to the referee actually reffing the game’

(11/24) It is not just because Owens, about to take charge of his 100th Test, the first to reach such a landmark, has...

College Basketball Parents Association formed to advocate for players, educate parents

(11/24) The parents of some of America's top men's and women's basketball players have formed a new organization that aims to build a...

What is the difference between IRS Form 1099-NEC and Form 1099-MISC?

(11/24) The 1099-MISC form has been used in the past to report certain payments, including nonemployee compensation (NEC), to the IRS. Beginning with...

What it Really Means To Be A Crew Chief

As the crew chief, you’re the maestro on the field or court. That means you have a lot of responsibilities. You must be ready to lead. Retired NBA...

Conferences join forces on virus testing procedures for refs

(11/23) Debbie Williamson is used to the challenges of putting together the officiating puzzle. Whether it’s assigning officials to specific games or figuring...

Big Ten Leading the Way With COVID-19 Protocols for Basketball

(11/23) The Big Ten just might have the best plan when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus. The Big Ten has figured...

Reaching the refereeing summit: What does it take?

(11/23) ‘Man in the Middle’, a new four-part UEFA.tv series currently being released in weekly episodes, gives a unique insight into the personal...

GHSA moves all 4A, 2A playoffs to Saturday to get more officials

(11/23) Citing not enough officials available to work Friday, the Georgia High School Association on Monday moved all Class 4A and Class 2A...

Miami Dolphins players accidentally trampled a ref while celebrating an interception

(11/22) The Miami Dolphins defense accidentally took out official Tripp Sutter while stampeding towards the end zone to celebrate an interception. The scene...

This isn’t whistling Dixie

(11/22) Some get too old to keep up with the speed of the game. Some can’t make the time worth their while. Some...

Former NFL official from Cocoa reflects on eve of historic all-Black referee crew in...

(11/21) When Neely Dunn slides back into his easy chair to watch "Monday Night Football" this week, you can bet the Los Angeles...

It’s OK to pick up a flag or put one down late

Back in the day there were two commonly accepted officiating axioms: Don’t pick up a flag once it’s put down and don’t put one down late. The...

As NFL gears up for its first all-Black officiating crew, umpire Barry Anderson says...

(11/20) Barry Anderson has an impossible job: make sure top athletes obey the rules of the most-watched game in America but never become...

COMMENTARY: The umpire’s last call

(11/20) Baseball Hall of Famer and well-known local media personality Carl Lake passed away this week following a lengthy battle with cancer. He...

Becoming referee helps former soccer player improve his game, character

(11/20) “As a referee, you always have to be prepared and always have to be aware of what’s happening during matches, which also...

MHSAA remains committed to full winter season despite delayed start

(11/20) The story around high school sports the past week has been the stoppage of the three remaining fall tournaments. However, due to...

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