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.

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...

Try Angles

There is one thing I find more important than all others in getting my calls on the field and on the court correct: the...

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 of...

Ride The Rhythm Of Your Season

Rhythm generally means a movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite/different conditions, and every sports official knows...

Why Are You Talking?

When it comes to the necessities needed in becoming a successful sports official, the art of conversation might not seem to be high on...

Honesty, Integrity Are Keys To a Full Schedule

The ability to grow your schedule is a key component to your development. We all want more games because we associate the number of...

Pregame Meeting Etiquette

Pat the referee arrives at Hometeam High School for a basketball game. With Chris, the inexperienced partner, in tow, Pat approaches Hometeam Head Coach...

Are You Good or Great?

W hat attributes separate good officials from average officials? That question has been posed often over the years. While there doesn’t seem to be a...

Fight Negative Comments with Finesse

Sometimes people will make negative comments knowing you’re an official. So how should you react? Here’s a vote for speaking up on behalf of...

What It Takes To Get What You Want

S ome years ago, Brian Tracy, one of the world’s leading experts in personal development, said, “Success is goals and all else is commentary.” Imagine the...

How To Handle a Kicked Call

A s a longtime NCAA Division I college women’s basketball official, Mark Zentz says there’s a surefire way for him to know when he’s blown...

How To Develop The Mental Skills to Thrive as an Official

How to develop the mental skills needed to thrive and advance in officiating. D o you have the mental skills to become one of the top...

8 Universal Truths To Elevate Your Game

O fficiating has been in my blood since I was a scholastic wrestler during the mid-1960s. Throughout the decades, I gradually began to understand the...

The Right Way to Share and Accept Criticism

W hich of the following is defined as “the art, skill or profession of making discriminating judgments”? a. Sports officiating. b. Studying texts for the purpose of...

Honesty, Integrity Keys to a Full Schedule

The ability to grow your schedule is a key component to your development. We all want more games because we associate the number of...

Are You a Reactor or a Decision-Maker?

Officials must be decision-makers versus reactors. Officials are trained to make decisions based on plays and not just be reactors to the action. Rely...

How to NOT Argue

It takes a minimum of two people to have an argument. If one person chooses not to participate, that leaves the second party blustering...

7 Steps To Better Conversations

Dealing with adversarial relationships can be tough. These seven tips to better conversations will make your difficult job a bit easier.   1. Pause before responding Let the other person get...

Tips For Improving Sportsmanship

Turn on SportsCenter any morning and while you sip your coffee I’ll guarantee you something. Within the first 10 minutes, a big-time coach will...

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