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John Wooden: An Interview

You might wonder why a magazine for sports officials interviewed a coach, even one as legendary as John Wooden. Through our decades of...

Week In The Life of An SEC Football Official

SEC FOOTBALL OFFICIATING WEEKLY PROCESS SATURDAY From the SEC Football Command Center, monitor games as well as internet and social media and note issues...

Turn The Cast Away?

One of the hazards of being a sports official is that you quickly become an expert consultant to your friends when they have a question about a...

NLRB Board Rules Lacrosse Officials Employees of PIAA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a decision that could have nationwide implications, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that members of a...

Balk This Way

In many cases, not much happens after a balk. The runners get to advance one base, a defensive coach may squawk, but all...

Learn Lessons From Sports You Don’t Work

“What’s My Line?” was a popular TV game show 45 years ago. Larry Blyden was the host and the premise was that four celebrities had to...

2017-18 National Football League (NFL) Officiating Roster

122 Brad Allen Lumberton, N.C., 4 11 Fred Bryan South Minneapolis, Minn., 9 48 Jim Mello North Andover, Mass., 14 40 Brian Bollinger, 1 97 Tom Hill Hackettstown, N.J., 19 26 Jabir...

Referee Magazine – October 2017 Preview

Referee Magazine - October 2017 Highlights Features Officiating Vette. Excelling at two Division I sports — football and basketball — Terry Anderson spent his officiating...

Post-Match Pitfalls

We just want to be understood. It’s human nature, especially when it comes to officiating — we want people to know, understand and accept why we made...

Reality of Calling A Checked Swing

Many umpires would agree that there are very few judgment calls in baseball that are tougher to make than a checked swing. Whether you are the plate...

Onfield Meetings – Short, Simple & Complete

Much has been written and said about the importance of perception in officiating. Image is everything, as the saying goes and that is true not only...

Media Relations

Ask pro or major college officials if they have a nightmare media relations scenario, and they’re likely to reply, “Yes. Having one of...

For the Fourth Time, That’s Enough!

Warnings — Give ‘em “the look,” “the stop sign,” the quiet word, the louder word, it doesn’t matter if you never take care...

Formation Consternation Demands Concentration

Defensive players can align themselves anywhere for scrimmage plays as long as everyone is on the proper side of the neutral zone. There...

Dead-Ball Officiating in the Side Zone

How does the runner usually react when he’s been tackled? The norm in college and pro football is that runners lay patiently after...

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...

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...

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...

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