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The Importance Of Halftime Discussions

Imagine that the buzzer to end the first half has just sounded. The game is going to be a real barn burner. The teams are...
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How Well Do You Know Baseball Rules??

Most umpires have confidence in their rules knowledge, or else you wouldn't feel comfortable working games. But is your rules knowledge extreme? Over the...

Hit by Pitch Doesn’t Always Mean a Base Award

The earliest umpires didn’t have much of a decision to make when a batter was hit by a pitch. A pitch hitting the...

Referee Magazine – March 2020 Preview

Features The Spike of Life. Pati Rolf switched from high-level volleyball coach to official and has taken her career to unprecedented heights. Give...

Highest-Scoring Game in NCAA History: Troy State vs. DeVry Jan. 12, 1992 

Defense went out the window when Troy State and DeVry Institute engaged in the highest-scoring game in NCAA history. Fifty-one three-pointers by one team are just part...

Special Rules Apply When a Runner Misses Home

In order to legally score a run, a runner must touch the plate, the same as the requirement to touch any other base....

Are You Ready to Be in the Spotlight?

Getting the big game — a state playoff contest, a showdown between traditional rivals or a game to decide a conference championship —...

The Fine Line Between Emotion and Abuse

When an official works multiple sports, care needs to be taken as to what words or actions cross the line of emotion versus abuse. At the same...

Can You Compare Refereeing Soccer To Catching A Fish? As a Matter of Fact...

You might not think so, but the individuals who arbitrate the rules or laws of soccer on a regular basis and the individuals...

Behind the Scenes on the Legendary Woodson Interception

On Oct. 25, 1997, Michigan State’s Todd Schultz took the third-and-long snap in Spartan Stadium with a little more than two minutes left...

6 Ways to Beat the Winter Blahs

Depending on the part of the country in which you live, winter can be a cold, bleak and depressing time of year. If you don’t officiate a...

Assigners Can Fire You

The officiating world has no objective meter, like win-loss record, to help determine who keeps their job and who gets fired. It often takes an assigner making judgment...

In the ‘Try Right Zone’

The plate umpire in fast-pitch softball faces the demanding task of making split-second rulings hundreds of times each game, regardless of the competition...

Employ Active Recruitment To Get New Officials

How would you feel if you were thinking of getting into officiating and these were the recruitment slogans thrown at you?: “Tired of...

Get Out of the Way, Blue!

F or many umpires, their definition of a job well done includes being able to walk off the field without anyone really noticing they...

Ultimate Guide to Networking at Camps & Clinics

When a sports official goes to camp, it’s about whistles and rule books rather than swimming and s’mores. Referees and umpires choose to invest the time and money in...

6 Tips to Improve Your Plate Performance

Everyone wants to be known as a good plate umpire. When coaches think about preferred and non-preferred lists of umpires for postseason playoffs,...

Shut Out Distractions and Focus

Every game — whether it’s a youth contest or an NCAA postseason game — matters to the players. So it’s important we bring our best to...

An Effective Way To End The Argument

It is human nature to argue. When someone challenges your authority, your opinion or your knowledge, it’s normal that your first reaction is...

Officials Who Coach

We start with my story. I was officiating with a rookie partner (who had great potential) on a middle school championship basketball game. Perfect...

Forget Perfection, Here’s 5 Ways To Be Great

Perfect games are for athletes and they are rare. A bowler or pitcher may achieve perfection once in a while. But beyond that, athletes, like officials, aren’t...

The Ice Bowl: Green Bay vs. Dallas Dec. 31, 1967

The Northland Hotel’s cheerful wakeup message belied what had settled in during the night. “Good morning,” the answering service chirped. “It is 16 degrees below zero...

Referee Magazine – February 2020 Preview

Features Don’t Sell Him Short. Joe Vaszily stands tall in the world of women’s college basketball officiating. How to Write an Officiating Resume....

Eight Ways To Avoid Negative Attention

The pages of Referee often feature the do’s for landing the next big game and breaking into the next level. But equally important...

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