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.

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...

9 Ways to Reach Your Dream Assignment

There’s a common human urge to improve. It runs through our work lives, the activities we undertake for enjoyment and our officiating endeavors. That urge manifests itself in sports...

Use Team Captains as Assets

Being captain on a team is a pretty big deal. It means the player has earned the trust and respect of his or her coach or teammates. It’s...

Don’t Let Self-Criticism Detract From Your Successes

Think about how many times in your career you received real-time praise from a fan, a coach or a player. Compare that with the number of times you...

Warning Signs of Burnout

People officiate for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s love of the game, exercise, camaraderie or extra money (or any combination of those), too...

53 Things Every Rookie Should Know

1 You learn how to better express yourself so others understand exactly what you mean   2 You’re going to get yelled at.   3 You’re going to...

Techniques to Speed Up Games

One of the great debates in sports these days is how long it takes to play the games. Television has been a great boon...

How To Get A Postseason Assignment and Make The Most Of It

How do you get a postseason assignment? What skills are important when doing those big games? How do you stay at the top when...

Effective Relationships With Coaches

I was working a boys’ basketball game a few years back and the home team was getting shelled. They couldn’t shoot, pass, handle the...

Conflict of Interest?

Conflict of interest. Whether it actually exists between an official and coach or administrator or family member or whatever the case, when that phrase...

Six C’s That Will Get You Straight A’s

Mnemonics are devices intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula. A popular example, HOMES, is an acronym to help recall the...

No More Handshakes Doesn’t Mean No More Good Sportsmanship

The “new normal” is one of the many terms we hear repeatedly as the country begins its return to normal activities from the COVID-19...

Enhance Your Skills Fast With Repetition and Practice

Practice is synonymous with athletes, but practice can be as helpful to officials as it is to those playing the games. Whether it’s actually...

Bounce Back from a Bad Game

Ever had one of those nights when, for whatever reason, you’re off your game? Whether it’s because you were distracted by issues that have nothing to do with...

Don’t Go Looking for Fouls

The trouble with learning to officiate is that almost the entire focus is on recognizing fouls and calling them. Therefore, beginners not only concentrate...

4 Reasons We Fail to Get Help

I stumbled upon a couple of clips of MLB games and got a chuckle out of how the announcers reacted to two situations. It’s...

Become Unflappable with Emotional Control

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...

Strategies to Stay Above the Fray

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the officiating industry has taken a heavy blow. All officials in some shape or form were impacted and continue to...
16 tips to be a better official or referee

16 Sure-Fire Ways to Improve

Tens of thousands of words have been devoted to helping officials improve their performance. No attempt has been made here to identify these as the best tips. But...

6 Things You Never Say to a Coach

You will say all kinds of things when you’re having a conversation, conference, discussion, talk, debate or heated exchange with a coach. But are there some comments that should...

Confidence Through Strong Body Language

The score is tied in the championship basketball game with less than a minute remaining. The fans in the packed arena are on their...

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