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Collision Decision

Collisions on the basepaths are not a routine occurrence in fast-pitch softball, so it is important for umpires to prepare for scenarios that...

Take a Wedge

The evolution of the mechanics of calling plays at home plate has been fascinating to observe. Plate umpires can make decisions on 250 to...

Take the ‘I’ Out of ‘Quit’

It’s not always easy to be an official. That’s not anything you don’t already know. Sports officials are the targets of media, fans...

In the Line of Duty (August 2013)

A disputed call, a punch thrown at an official, a tragic death.

Ted Valentine’s Day

As a kid Teddy Valentine couldn’t get the words to come out. They were in there, buried beneath the trauma of something he couldn’t unsee,...

Use Team Captains as Assets

Being captain on a team is a pretty big deal. It means the player has earned the trust and respect of his or her coach or teammates....

Should Sports Officials Be Suspended? 

Officials strive to do the right thing, enforce the rules correctly and administer the game properly. But inevitably, mistakes will happen. Sometimes it’s an...

Baseball Umpires Quiz 2018

Enter your name and email to access the 2018 Referee Magazine Baseball Umpires Quiz. You will also receive an email with the downloadable...

11 Points On Judging Ballhandling

Judgment. It’s a word that referees use on a regular basis, and it is the key factor when making ballhandling calls. While it is easy enough to...

Dump “Sports Drinks” For Chocolate Milk

As officials, when we give 110 percent on the court or playing field, it is important that we refresh or recover after the contest. Because of...

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