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Massachusetts Youth Hockey Referees Are Quitting In Droves Due To Abuse

Massachusetts youth hockey lost 900 referees — down about half from the regular 1,700 to 1,800-person roster.

Formal Check or Not, Illegal Equipment Deserves Attention in NFHS Play

N FHS rule 4-3 requires an illegally equipped player to leave the field and not return until the next legal substitution opportunity. For the...

Referee Dave Jackson Joins ESPN NHL Broadcast Team

Hot on the heels of TNT hiring retired ref Don Koharski, ESPN announced that Jackson will be joining their broadcast team for the...

Satisfaction still spikes for veteran volleyball referee

Porter is in her 47th season of officiating high school volleyball. She’s a member of the Colorado Volleyball Officials Association (CVOA) Hall of...

The trials and tribulations of being a referee

One of the things you need to have to be a referee is a very thick skin. I think that goes without saying.

Tom O’Neill’s Long Haul

I t’s difficult for an official working a national championship game to avoid the spotlight. But during the opening minutes of the 1997 NCAA...

Football player attacks official on field after game

Video shows a group of referees and officials gathered on the field at the 40-yard line at the end of the game. A...

NHL referee Jordan Samuels-Thomas is looking to break barriers

The NHL and the AHL announced their 2021-22 officiating roster last week and one notable name is African-American Jordan-Samuels Thomas.

NFL: London games will feature first-ever regular season alternate officials

DJ Ed Camp will be the alternate official for the Week 5 Jets-Falcons game and FJ Steve Zimmer will be the alternate for...

NBA Board of Governors approves instant replay changes

The changes to instant replay will be on a one-year trial basis for the 2021-22 season.

NFL: Week 4 referee assignments

Brad Allen is the referee for this week’s Thursday Night Football game as the Jaguars travel to Cincinnati. Clete Blakeman and his crew...

Referee Tim Peel on the Hot Mic Incident

The recently-retired official talked about the March 23 hot mic incident that brought about his early retirement from the National Hockey League.

NFHS: All States Back in Action to Celebrate National High School Activities Month

The week of October 18-24 is National Coaches, Advisors, Officials and Sponsors Week.

White Sox’s Tim Anderson to appeal three-game suspension after making contact with umpire

The MLB announced on Wednesday that it had suspended White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson for three games after he made contact with an...

Vaccines & Officiating

Vaccines & Officiating Key Questions Answered NASO’s 2021 Summit@Home featured two sessions on law and liability that delved into one of the hottest topics in...

Referee Garrett Rank Advances at U.S. Mid-Amateur Golf Tournament

While his co-workers have returned to the rink, referee Garrett Rank is still hitting the links.

A high school football game was called off after a brawl

What was supposed to be a routine night of high school football devolved into one of chaos.

See The Call, Be The Call

Whenever you work a basketball game, it’s always a good practice to be thinking — but not for too long. Yes, it’s important to keep yourself mentally...

The Big Difference Between ‘Hearing’ and ‘Listening’

There are essentially five reasons why people listen: to gain information, to empathize, to anticipate responding, to make judgments and to enjoy the...

Umpire Joe West to retire at end of 2021 MLB season, report says

Joe West, one of baseball's most well-known umpires, is reportedly retiring at the end of the 2021 season.

From Zoned Out to Zen Master

In the 1984 College World Series, I had the plate in a semifinal game. Pitch one was a slider on the edge of...

For the Three- and Four-Point Stance: Is This the End of the Line?

(9/25) In other words: Reducing the volume of head impact is, at least, on everyone’s mind.

48 Timeless Tips

The following "Timeless Tips" were originally targeted at first-year officials, but we believe all officials can benefit from these nuggets of wisdom. Enjoy. You...

Colorado high schools navigate a dire referee shortage during football season

With a police escort, Schouten and the referees drove 112 mph down Interstate 70.

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