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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...

The Earthquake Game: 1989 World Series Game 3 San Francisco vs. Oakland

When the 1989 San Francisco quake hit, baseball stopped as a city tended to its wounds. It was the only time in history a World Series...

A Gridiron Geometry Lesson

Laypeople may think there isn’t a big difference between spots, lines and planes, but officials need a clear understanding of those geometry terms. Very briefly, a spot...

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,...

Cue on Defender to Officiate 3-Pointers

With the game transitioning more and more to outside jump shots and three-point attempts, officials need to focus on three separate but similar areas: Monitoring defensive players as...

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...

Is There Still Room for Personality In Signals?

In the old days, style and flair in officiating was easy to recognize. It was prevalent in a lot of games. Today, most...

Second Referees Need Training Too

Very early in my officiating career, I received a call to officiate a local collegiate match. My partner was someone I had not worked with previously. While...

Watch Your Head

With thousands of sporting events taking place each year ranging from youth leagues to the professional ranks, collisions between players and officials... and...

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