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Assessing the Legality of Tackles

"I got ball, ref!” has been a response to a whistle for a slide tackle foul since the early days of football. Often misunderstood, challenges on the...

How To Avoid Choking and Panicking

Why do some officials perform poorly when under pressure? Ruling out poor positioning, misapplication or misunderstanding of the rules, inexperience and absentmindedness, one must turn to psychological explanations for...

Profile: NFL Referee Clete Blakeman

NFL referee Clete Blakeman lights up the room and the field. That’s what his crewmates say about him. Tripp Sutter, a Big Ten...

Essentials of Game Security

Sadly, personal safety is a concern for officials today. What’s being done to ensure game security and our welfare? John Locke, the 17th century English philosopher and physician said, “All...

Next Level Basketball Officiating Free Email Series

Enter your name and email address to start Next Level Basketball Officiating Free Email Series. Go Beyond the Basics. Every situation in a basketball game has...

Find a Happy Ballhandling Medium

Where do I draw the line with ballhandling? When do I want to make my “presence” known in the match by making that first ballhandling call? Am...

Act Like the Role Model You Are

One night I drove to a rink in Amherst, N.Y., to watch the Empire State Games, an Olympic-style event for amateur high school athletes. The hockey game...

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...

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