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Balance is Beneficial

Having your priorities straight means having balance in your life — job, family, officiating and other things important to you. If you put too much...

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You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and apparently you can’t get umpires — old, new or in between — to clean...

Can You Heal That Aching Heel?

Someone once said that officiating provides the best seat in the house. The only downside is that you have to stand. With all of...

Myth Busters: 5 Fitness Truths

We live in a society that is obsessed with quick fixes, fads and easy-way-out attitudes. Let’s touch on some of the main contributors...

Referee Gets Creative to Fight Cancer

Lou Levine always teased one of his friends about his friend’s thick nest of black hair. Before the start of the basketball season...

5 Minutes with Karen Preato

Hometown: Greensboro, N.C. Experience: Started officiating at the college level in 1998 and entered the D-I ranks in 2003. Currently works in the Atlantic 10,...

Why We Officiate

1. Camaraderie The fellowship and humor officials share with one another are incomparable. 2. Boos There’s nothing like fans booing when you have the silent satisfaction...

5 Minutes with J.D. Collins

Hometown: Hartford City, Ind. Experience: NCAA national coordinator of men’s basketball officiating; former coordinator of officials for the Mid-American Conference and Summit League; former...

Officiating is a Family Affair

Nestled between the San Diego Bay and the scenic splendor of the coastal mountain foothills in Southern California are the sprawling sun-kissed expanses...

Coach ‘Em Up

By Tom Schreck Experienced officials are often asked to mentor men and women who are just beginning a career in officiating. It can be...

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