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...

Before The Flag

No one likes to see a lot of flags thrown. They interrupt the flow of the game and can seem to make it...

Before, During or After the Play When to Throw the Flag Determined by Foul...

All team A players are set before a snap. Then two backs go in motion. Both are still moving just before it appears...

Art McNally – It’s official, former referee joins Pro Football Hall of Fame

“He really pulled it all together. He kind of took it from an avocation to a profession and set the stage for everything...

NFL asks on-field officials to focus on illegal contact fouls during 2022 season

Officials flagged illegal contact an average of 97 times per season between 2002 and 2020, but that number dropped to 36 last season.

40th Annual Sports Officiating Summit wraps up in Denver this week

The sports officiating industry event of the year gathered officials, leaders and supporters from around the country in Denver, CO.

Emphasis on Sportsmanship in High School Activities Now Extends to Online Behavior

Among those fundamental values of education-based activities that must be discussed is sportsmanship, or good sporting behavior.

Michael Oliver to referee 2022 UEFA Super Cup; Semi-Automated Offside Technology to be introduced

Semi-Automated Offside Technology will premiere at the UEFA Super Cup in Helsinki, and will be used in the upcoming UEFA Champions League season.

Joan Powell receives the Gold Whistle Award at the Celebrate Officiating Gala

Powell receives the Gold Whistle Award, Jim Hosts the Mel Narol Medallion, Bobby Dibler the Inspire Award at the Celebrate Officiating Gala.

Referee Magazine – September 2022 Preview

Features ‘What Do You Know About Basketball?’ Officiating with his son, even Final Four referee John Higgins faces abuse on the travel-ball circuit. ...

Nolan Ryan’s Final Hit Batter: August 4, 1993

In his illustrious 27-year career, Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan hit 158 batters. “He did not have a reputation as a headhunter,” said...

Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO) Announces New Abuse Policy

TASO has announced a bold new policy to address the growing incidents of excessive verbal and physical abuse directed at sports officials.

Fran Martin eager for transition to official’s education, support role at KSHSAA

As Martin embarks on her fully-dedicated official's support and education position, she's got a clear message she's sending out. "Recruit, Retain and Train."

Climb Your Mountain

A mountain is such a commonly used metaphor because it provides beautiful imagery to our goals and the challenges we face to reach them....

Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials discusses national official shortage in youth and high...

Bill Carollo talked about the national official shortage in youth and high school sports on at Big Ten Football Media Days.

Gripes Coming From Winning Team?

If you were officiating a soccer match and the score got to 6-0, you might expect a little dissent, right? But would you expect it from...

Addressing Aging

News bulletin: We’re all aging, and there’s nothing we can do about it. We’ll progressively become slower and less limber. Having left the...

Volleyball Officials Quiz 2022

Enter your name and email to access the 2022 Referee Magazine Volleyball Officials Quiz. You will also receive an email with the downloadable...

Don’t Officiate an “Unofficial” Game

Games can be over before they begin. Some officials fall into the trap of officiating the extra inning after a run rule, or...

5 Tips for the Tag Play at the Plate

Atag play at the plate is among the most exciting plays in softball. The decision the umpire renders on a close play at...

Sports Officiating Industry Event of the Year to Kick Off Sunday in Denver

The 40th annual Sports Officiating Summit will run Sunday, July 31 through Tuesday, August 2 in Denver, Colorado.

Ballhandling Makes Your Crew Look Sharp

It was the championship game for the local semi-pro league with a crew of six officials. A pass was intercepted and the down...

Mistreatment of sports officials sees rapid increase

“It’s never been worse than it is right now. Back in the day, we never had conversations about our safety. We didn’t worry...

11 Things Your Officials Association Should Be Doing Right Now

Is your officials association doing what it should be doing? If it’s not tackling the things on the following list, it’s probably falling short in serving you...

MLB to host free Umpire Camp at Coors Field Saturday, July 30

Major League Baseball will host a free, one-day umpire camp at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, on Saturday, July 30th.

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