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Hold It! Who Handles Ballhandling?

A primary responsibility of the first referee is to determine whether a player makes legal contact each time he or she plays the...

Front and Center

The three major keys to success in the two-umpire system include a system of angles, compromises and priorities. Here’s what that means. Angles In the...

Apply 5 Cs for Healthy Game and Diet

Managing your diet is like managing a game or match. Game management is constantly emphasized at meetings and camps. Most officials would agree that...

The Art of Dealing With Coaches

By Jay Miner I’ve read every umpire manual ever written back to Hank O’Day’s turn of the century (20th) handwritten notes. Manuals are good...

So You Think You Don’t Have Time To Train?

Most officials would love to be able to pick up some tips and advice regularly to get better, but for most of us,...

You Are There: Cooney Launches the Rocket

Then-Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens charges at umpire Terry Cooney after Cooney ejected the fiery fireballer during game four of the 1990...

The Guide To Game Time

You go to meetings and study the rules but when game time approaches its your responsibility to get yourself ready. Pregame preparation, site surveying,...

The Ultimate Guide To Managing Coaches, Players & Fans

Confrontation is part of officiating. It will happen and you need to know how to deal with it. Fortunately, you don't have to figure it...

18 Tips For Beginning Officials

You love sports, you want to be involved, but this officiating thing looks hard right? It doesn’t have to be.  The editors at Referee...

Are Your Bylaws Keeping Up With the Times?

One of the most important documents for your association is the bylaws. Bylaws are rules adopted by an association to manage its affairs...

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