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Are You Addicted to Officiating?

Officiating sports for the vast majority of us is an avocation, a hobby, a distraction, a chance to exercise and to help. Officiating...

74 Percent: Scoring Chances In the Area

By Carl Schwartz As I’m getting older, I’m learning more and more. I really wish I had known this 30 years ago. If you...

Get a Leg Up and Stretch

According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), flexibility plays a key role in developing optimum performance and recovery. Although it is...

North Carolina Draws the Line

By Rick Woelfel The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) decided to address the issue head on. The NCHSAA, which serves 408 schools...

Eye Didn’t Miss It

Umpiring a baseball game is full of visual challenges. Some are unusual and others are more common. In a recent game, the uninformed...

Don’t Become a Fan

“Spectacularity” sounds made-up and highfaluting, doesn’t it? Au contraire. This actual word should be in every referee’s vocabulary. What does it mean, anyway? And...

Flying Flag

On Dec. 19, 1999, Jeff Triplette — in his first year as an NFL referee — was working a game in Cleveland when...

2017 Short-Season Minor League Baseball

Appalachian League: Hardlen Acosta Mercedes Sanchez, Samana, Dominican Republic Brandon Blome Adairsville, Ga. Nickelas Bray Sharpsburg, Ga. Benjamin Fernandez Cape Coral, Fla. Joshua Gilreath Buford, Ga. Steven Hodgins Bowling Green,...

Referee Magazine – September 2017 Preview

Referee Magazine - September 2017 Highlights Features All for Von and Von for All. Ten Von Ruedens take to the basketball court. Know Before You...

Which Strike Do I Get?

An old adage that we hear from time to time is, “When in doubt, call ’em out.” While that is a myth that shouldn’t...

Football Ground Rules

Whether it’s dry or wet, artificial or natural, the surface on which the game is played can have a marked influence on how the game is played and...

Tips on Handling Blowouts

Sometimes games are less than games; they are a mish-mash of horrendous play and lopsided scores. Officials can either contribute to the mayhem or...

Trouble Area

The last half of the distance from home plate to first base is one of the biggest trouble areas in softball. To stay...

Don’t Get An Oh, S—! Reputation

By Jeffrey Stern I’m guessing you can fill in the blanks in the title of this post. If you haven’t used the word even...

Big Game, Big Stage

Most of us lead a simple life. We’ll never have to go through the drudgery of another game at Soldier Field or Madison...

Soldier on After Tragedy

Ten-year-old Chris Stover wanted to be a soccer official, but the rules said he had to be 11. The assigner “felt sorry for...

Location Notation

While watching MLB’s World Series last fall, I heard the plate umpire, who was wearing a microphone, call, “Ball, outside” after a pitch...

No Substitute for Awareness

There is more to know than just foul or violation. Commonly astute officials might have heard once to have an awareness to what...

Touch and Go

According to the website deepenglish.com, the handshake dates back to knights in Medieval Europe. Mistrustful fellows, they would shake the hand of those...

In the Swing of Things

The topic of follow-through interference came into the spotlight during 2017 MLB postseason play. Before we get into that, it’s important to note...

Referee Magazine – August 2017 Preview

Referee Magazine - August 2017 Highlights Features Gold Whistle 2017: Ralph Swearngin. The former Georgia High School executive director made high school officiating matter. About...

Referee Career Stages

Laws, foul recognition, acceptance, flow of the game, physical fitness, proper terminology, anticipating play and touchline management are all key components in an...

2017 Minor League Baseball Rosters

Triple A International League Ryan Additon Davie, Fla. John Bacon Sherrodsville, Ohio Sean Barber Lakeland, Fla. Toby Basner Snellville, Ga. Adam Beck Winter Springs, Fla. Jeffrey Carnahan Crystal River, Fla. Joshuah Clark McDonough, Ga. Scott Costello Barrie, Ontario Eric Gillam Roscoe, Ill. Christopher...

Hip, Hip No Way: Yankees vs. Dodgers 1978 World Series

Reggie Jackson earned the nickname Mr. October because of his bat. But a baserunning play swung the 1978 World Series in favor of...

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