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A Strong Case for Keeping a Steady Pace

An important part of officiating a solid football game is maintaining a good pace of play: neither too slow nor too fast in getting the ball spotted...

The Basketball Plays You Have To Get Right – Right Now

All sports have certain plays that define them at any point time. Games evolve and basketball is no exception. New techniques, faster and...

Pick Your Own Pregame Adventure

We all remember with fondness those books we read as kids that let make choices as to how the story would develop. It...

Strike First With Slow-Pitch Pitchers

One topic that garners a lot of discussion among baseball umpires is whether or not you should describe pitches for pitchers. That discussion also depends a great...

Referee Magazine – October 2018 Preview

Referee Magazine - October 2018 Highlights Features Transition Game. Player-to-Ref camps aim to move former athletes into officiating. Hot Wired. NFL officials’ belts are...

Unsolicited Advice

From the very first camp that any official attends, what phrase is always uttered by clinicians and coordinators? “Get the call right!” In 2018,...

2018-19 National Football League (NFL) Officiating Roster

The following are the NFL officiating crews for the 2018-19 season. They are listed by uniform number, name, hometown and years in the...

Snap, Lapse, Perhaps?

It’s impossible to call a perfect game. Even at the higher levels, where every official is graded in every game, a perfect score...

Team B Fouls on a Touchdown

Depending on the rules code, a scoring team may or may not have an enforcement option if the opponent commits a foul during...

You Think Writing Rules Is Easy?

When I think about the process of writing rules, I remember a "The Far Side" cartoon in which some solemn-looking American colonists were gathered around...

Be A Penalty Enforcer

Being an effective penalty enforcer is vitally important, but something officials tend to neglect. Contrary to what some officials seem to think, it is not only a...

When a State Draws the Line on Sportsmanship

It’s no secret that sportsmanship issues are an ongoing issue in high school athletics. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) decided to address the issue...

What Supervisors Teach can be What Gets Called

In the local football chapter where I started officiating years ago, it has been the practice to have separate weekly training sessions for first-year officials. The feeling...

Creating Your Officiating Legacy

The average American can expect to live about 79 years. That’s roughly 28,835 days to leave your mark on the people you know and the places you...

Referee Magazine – September 2018 Preview

Referee Magazine - September 2018 Highlights Features Just Say No! When it comes to conflicts of interest, perception matters as much as reality. 53...

No Argument About It

Not all arguments with coaches end perfectly. The goal of all officials is to resolve volatile conflict quickly and to an extent that...

Trip Advisor

The emphasis on pace of play in both pro and NCAA has resulted in significant changes to the traditional rules on conferences to...

Not Dead Yet

When a ball becomes dead, such as one thrown into the stands, it is usually obvious. There are instances though where an act...

Literally Lateral

When San Antonio Trinity University used 15 backward passes to score the winning touchdown on the last play of an October 2008 game...

Keep Wandering Coaches Contained

Wandering coaches who drift beyond the coaching box often need reminding of the location of the box. Simple body language or hand gestures help to guide coaches...

Referee Magazine – August 2018 Preview

Referee Magazine - August 2018 Highlights Features Over-Seasoned? Benefits and landmines await those working multiple sports. Caution: Stop Sign Ahead. The non-verbal communication tool...

No Place For Intentional Pitches at Batters

On Aug. 16, 1920, in a game against the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds, Cleveland shortstop Roy Chapman was hit in the head by...

Our Founding Story – How Referee Magazine Came To Be

It’s often been said that if one has a problem, one has three choices: whine about it, ignore it or do something about it. Lucky for the world of sports officiating, Barry...

Safe or Out, There Is No Tie

Fans, players and coaches are often heard yelling from the stands, “Tie goes to the runner!” However, no rule in baseball or softball has that phrase. A...

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