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You’re Your Own Agent

By Michael Menard At a referee development camp that I attended last summer, the camp director began with a single question: “Who is your...

Football Officiating A-Z

Officiating football isn't easy. Success requires dedication and concentration... you can't phone it in. That's why we've collected some of the best tips...

Infield Fly Factors

An infield fly situation includes many variables for umpires to take into consideration. The wind or sun affects the calling of the infield...

Goal to Go: Strategic Planning For Officials

Do you sometimes feel that your officiating career has grown stagnant, that your future seems unclear and that you’re not sure where you’re...

Second Nature

The first thing most of us do in the morning is look at our alarm clock, watch or phone. When we look at...

Listen Up to Go Up

“Keep your mouth shut and listen.” Although it sounds harsh, it might be one of the most important pieces of advice an aspiring umpire...

Big Match Support

Your assigner calls — you got the championship match. Your mentor calls — you just got picked for State Cup. The State Referee...

Weather Woes

An important concept in officiating is learning to control the things that you can control. We can control the amount of time that...

Hear No Evil (Sometimes)

Some things are meant only to be heard. But occasionally, they can earn a response. When it comes to dealing with non-playing participants in...

Libero Dos and Don’ts

A libero (LEE’-beh-ro) in indoor volleyball is a back-row defensive specialist. Since they only play in the back row, those players are often...

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