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...

Know More About Teams To Make Situations Easier

Many of us have checklists that we ponder in the days or hours leading up to a given contest to make sure we’re ready to officiate. We...

Bronx Brawl – Yankees vs. Orioles – May 19, 1998

Over the years, MLB has seen its share of bench-clearing brawls. The bench-clearing part of it? OK. But the brawl part of it?...

Officials appointed for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Today, the FIFA Referees Committee announced the lists with the names of the selected match officials for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

6 Health Benefits of Officiating

Y ou may be familiar with the phrase, “You don’t officiate to get in shape. You get in shape to officiate.” Considering the...

NCAAM Officiating Coordinator J.D. Collins announces retirement

Collins was appointed to the position in May 2015 after a two-decade career that included officiating two Final Fours.

4 Elements of Decisiveness

In the business world, money can be made or lost based, in large measure, on the decisiveness of the executives. In battle, the decisiveness of...

John Higgins joins Des Moines radio station to talk about AAU tournament

After the game, Attitude Kid (aka # 38) walked up to Higgins, "put his middle finger up, and tells me 'You f**ing suck'".

Referee Garrett Rank Pulled from U.S Open Qualifier for NHL Playoff Game

Referee Garrett Rank was forced to leave his U.S. Open qualifier for Game 1 between the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche.

Fight Between Parents, Umpires After Baseball Game Leads To Calls For Change

“The main reason that people are getting out of officiating is because of this bad behavior...parents acting out like complete idiots.”

Pac-12 scraps divisions after NCAA Division I Council votes to eliminate requirements for FBS...

"Our goal is to place our two best teams in our Pac-12 Football Championship Game for the best opportunity to optimize CFP invitations."

Still Work to Be Done When There’s a Break in Play

The referees accept the coach’s or captain’s request for timeout and blow the whistle, starting the timeout procedure. Both teams usually move to the benches for a...

Set and Enforce Member Standards

Setting standards for members’ behavior and enforcing those standards are among the most difficult challenges an officials association will face. It means anticipating...

Colorado referee Esse Baharmast elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame

Baharmast was a FIFA referee, served on the US Soccer Federation, and is currently director of referees for Colorado Soccer Association.

Former NBA referee Steve Javie weighs in on postseason officiating

“In the playoffs, the players have always competed at an incredible level compared to the regular season,” Javie said.

Big 12 Reprimands Coach Mike White

“Coach White’s action was a clear violation of Sportsmanship expectations, and we accept his public apology,” Bowlsby said.

New York: New legislation proposed to help protect sports officials

A New York Senator and Assemblyman have introduced legislation to toughen penalties against people who harass or assault sports officials.

Referee abuse: “Hey, it’s only a game!”

After all, why should a high schooler or young adult want to stand there and take endless verbal abuse after close call?

OP-ED: Angry parents are ruining youth sports. Here’s how to rein them in.

Black eyes and bloody noses are returning, this time the injuries aren’t just among the athletes but referees and umpires too.

CHSAA: Michael Book selected as assistant commissioner in charge of sports officials

The Colorado High School Activities Association names Michael Book to be the next Assistant Commissioner in charge of Sports Officials.


NFHS CEO Karissa Niehoff says the boorish behavior of fans who attend sporting events is being normalized and even encouraged.

WATCH: NFL Hires Lo Van Pham as first Asian-American official

Lo Van Pham talks about being hired into the NFL with Greg Sherman.

Don’t put officials shortage on the back burner, Oklahoma. Now is the time for...

Have we gotten to the point where the shrinking number of officials has caused the cancellation of so many games that it’s become...

Man who punched teen soccer ref apologizes

The man who was captured on video assaulting a teenage soccer referee has apologized, saying he's "deeply pained" by his actions and is...

Camp Preparation Do’s and Don’ts

You can stand out at an officiating camp best by doing exactly what your prospective boss expects in everything that matters. What matters?...

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