Art Of Officiating

Covering conflict management, the psychology of officiating, best practices and officiating/life balance.

Art Of Officiating

Art Of Officiating
Covering conflict management, the psychology of officiating, best practices and officiating/life balance.

Can Our Intuition Deceive Us?

By Rick Gaydos A couple of years ago I was watching a local TV talk show. A panelist recommended a book that wasn’t typically sports-related but...

48 Timeless Tips

The following "Timeless Tips" were originally targeted at first-year officials, but we believe all officials can benefit from these nuggets of wisdom. Enjoy. You learn...

Lessons Beyond the Games

It’s Worth the Wait “I’ve officiated football and volleyball since 1978 and worked the volleyball state finals in 1994, even though my self-evaluation had me...

For Basketball Officials, the Journey is the Destination

To achieve maximum personal success and productivity as a basketball official, one has to be highly motivated and have a positive attitude. Furthermore, to reach and...

Deconstruct the Conflict 

No two ways about it, the nature of competitive sports is one of conflict. Conflict between two opponents sets the stage for points, goals, baskets or runs scored....

The Big Difference Between ‘Hearing’ and ‘Listening’

There are essentially five reasons why people listen: to gain information, to empathize, to anticipate responding, to make judgments and to enjoy the reception...

Automatic Eject Button

Skim the rulebook for any high school or college sport under the section of automatic ejections and the word “flagrant” is likely to appear. For...

Sell the Tough Call

What do a ninth-inning call at home plate, a crucial roughing penalty late in the fourth quarter or a block/charge call all have in...

Be a Rock, Not a Robot

When people say, “There’s no need to get emotional,” that’s probably more true for officials than for the average person. Put a regular guy...

What to Do When Fans Cross the Line

What’s the protocol when a fan throws something on the court or field? How do you react on a personal level, and what should...

4 Tips for Talking to Coaches

Talking to coaches is not an exact science; they are as different as anyone else you would encounter in another forum. What works with...

Let the Whole Play Happen Before You Call It

Sports officials must understand the game they are working or they’re in for a heap of headaches. An official must know the rules to the best of...

Earn That Good Reputation

Ever try constructing a tower out of playing cards? It isn’t easily built. Once achieved, it’s something to be proud of. But one wrong...

Get The Most Out of Camps and Clinics

The best way for you to judge the effectiveness of a clinic or camp is to count the number of habits or procedures that...

Why R You Officiating?

Officiating is an avocation, and no two people come to it the same way or for the same reasons. I knew that whatever I...

Correcting Bad Behavior With Well Timed Warnings

W arnings come in a variety of forms. There’s “the look,” “the stop sign” and “the quiet word,” to name a few. Each can be...

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 announcer...

Get Rid of Anger And Improve Your Game

Perturbed. Agitated. Ticked off. Peeved. Whatever label you give it, we all know it. Whether the cause is a know-nothing loudmouth in the stands,...

Coaches Mentality

Coaches and officials can have an adversarial relationship because of the primary difference between official’s and a coach’s mentality: Coaches care who wins and...

How to Be Consistently Right

Should being consistent be a goal for all officials? The answer is no. Being consistently right is what our goal should be. We always hear from coaches that...

Sometimes There Is No Right or Wrong Call

If you put 30 sports officials in a room, regardless of the sport, and watch a tight play on video, what happens during the...

Have an Appreciation for Other Officials’ Hard Work.

A cartoon that appeared in another publication depicted a young boy on the department-store Santa’s lap. The youngster says to Kris Kringle, “I don’t...

Arrive and Shine With Good First Impressions

How you enter the arena, stadium, field or other facility says a lot about you. Do you casually stroll in? Are you laughing, confident,...

Effective Communication Improves Perception of Your Skills

Officiating team sports is complex and challenging. It involves effective positioning based on appropriate fitness, knowledge of the game, accurate perceptual judgment skills, leading...

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