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4 Elements of Decisiveness

In the business world, money can be made or lost based, in large measure, on the decisiveness of the executives. In battle, the decisiveness of...

What’s the Rush?

I once watched a golf tournament where one of the Sunday leaders hit an approach shot about 20 yards over the green. The...

Soldier on After Tragedy

Ten-year-old Chris Stover wanted to be a soccer official, but the rules said he had to be 11. The assigner “felt sorry for...

Location Notation

While watching MLB’s World Series last fall, I heard the plate umpire, who was wearing a microphone, call, “Ball, outside” after a pitch...

No Substitute for Awareness

There is more to know than just foul or violation. Commonly astute officials might have heard once to have an awareness to what...

Touch and Go

According to the website deepenglish.com, the handshake dates back to knights in Medieval Europe. Mistrustful fellows, they would shake the hand of those...

In the Swing of Things

The topic of follow-through interference came into the spotlight during 2017 MLB postseason play. Before we get into that, it’s important to note...

Eye Contact Is Vital

Guidelines for personal and professional etiquette stress the importance of good eye contact. It’s no different in officiating. When communicating with partners, players, coaches...

Referee Magazine – August 2017 Preview

Referee Magazine - August 2017 Highlights Features Gold Whistle 2017: Ralph Swearngin. The former Georgia High School executive director made high school officiating matter. About...

Referee Career Stages

Laws, foul recognition, acceptance, flow of the game, physical fitness, proper terminology, anticipating play and touchline management are all key components in an...

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