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2017-18 National Basketball Association Roster

Referees 3 Nick Buchert Smithfield, Ky., 7 4 Sean Wright Dacula, Ga., 12 5 Kane Fitzgerald Toms River, N.J., 8 6 Tony Brown Atlanta, 15 7 Lauren Holtkamp Scottdale, Ga., 3 8 Marc Davis Chicago,...

Fight for Independence (January 1998)

Are officials employees or independent contractors? Referee’s feature told the story that started with a local California official applying for unemployment compensation, a...

The Games of Stephen Peterson (March 1995)

The strange story of a high school football official who bore a resemblance to an NFL official. Peterson had hoodwinked his friends, the...

A Long Way Down (July 1991)

A gut-wrenching profile in Referee revealed that a former NBA legend was an alcoholic, living in the backseat of a dilapidated auto and...

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy? (September 1980)

In the first of what would prove to be many features on the psychology of officiating, Referee suggested that officials point an accusing...

Second Referee Is The Voice of Reason

A successful second referee needs strong speaking and listening skills. They must possess thorough rules knowledge that allows for quick, accurate answers during the heat of battle...

Accepting Assignments: Dos and Don’ts

Games! We all want as many as we can possibly handle, but when it comes to accepting assignments, you can't just say yes...

50 Percent Better in 45 Minutes

Do you want to be a 50 percent better umpire in 45 minutes? It’s all right here and my unique techniques are easy...

Real Appeal

In a televised NCAA game last May, a player was so excited about hitting an out-of-the-park home run that she jumped over home...

Arrive And Shine

How you enter the arena, stadium, field or other facility says a lot about you. Do you casually stroll in? Are you laughing,...

Abandonment

A walk-off is a run-scoring event in the bottom half of the last inning of the game that gives the home team the...

Slay the Drag-on

One of the great debates in sports these days is how long it takes to play the games. Television has been a great...

No Hedge on the Wedge

As today’s players become quicker, faster and stronger, and as rules adapt, so must umpire mechanics. One of the major mechanic changes in...

Oh What a Relief it is

During the 2017 MLB season, 61 percent of the innings were pitched by the starting pitchers. That left over one-third of the innings...

It’s a Foul Now or Later (But Not Never)

You observe movement in either line just as the ball is snapped. You know it is a foul, but do you prevent the...

What Happens When the Neutral Zone Expands?

The neutral zone is one of the basic tenets of a football game. In practical terms it’s the space between the offensive and...

Referee Magazine – November 2017 Preview

Referee Magazine - November 2017 Highlights Features The ‘Rhode’ Through Providence. Despite his rapid ascent through the ranks of the D-I hoops, referee Mike Stephens...

Veteran Approach

As we prepare for each season, we study rules and interpretations, casebooks and officiating manuals, and attend preseason clinics and meetings. And once the season starts, we usually...

End Game

Your job doesn’t end after the game is over. Most of the time, the game ends without serious conflict. However, there are some...

2017-18 National Hockey League Roster

Referees 2 Jon McIsaac Truro, Nova Scotia, 2013 4 Wes McCauley Georgetown, Ontario, 2003 5 Chris Rooney Boston, 2000 6 Francis Charron Ottawa, Ontario, 2010 7 Garrett Rank Kitchener, Ontario, 2015 8 Dave Jackson Montreal,...

Body Language Speaks Volumes

When people hear the word “communication,” they think of how one person speaks to another. A sometimes overlooked yet critically important method is body language. In many ways,...

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