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.

How and When Do You Interact With Players?

Questions officials face in contests include: How and when do you interact with players? Do you nip brewing bad behavior in the bud? Do...

6 Ways to Beat the Winter Blahs

Depending on the part of the country in which you live, winter can be a cold, bleak and depressing time of year. If you don’t officiate a winter...

No Crime to Ask For Help

Why are some officials hesitant to go to a partner for help on a play? If getting the call right really matters to us,...

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...

Attitude Adjustments That Improve Performance

There are a lot of things I know now that I wish I had known when I started officiating. One area that I needed attitude adjustments...

Unexpected Challenges in Officiating

As I headed down the long, nondescript, stale-smelling concrete tunnel toward the soccer stadium field from the officials’ locker room, looking forward to being...

End Game

Your job doesn’t end after the game is over. Most of the time, the game ends without serious conflict. However, there are some things...

An Effective Way To End The Argument

It is human nature to argue. When someone challenges your authority, your opinion or your knowledge, it’s normal that your first reaction is to...

Make Your Time Work For You

Adding officiating to your already busy schedule can cause a painful time crunch. But if you manage your time well, you can fit officiating...

Battle Through a Tough Start

Anyone who has officiated any sport at any level has had games in which things didn’t go as planned. What if the unexpected trip-up...

How To Handle An Instantly Irritated Coach

The legendary Ed Hightower was “on loan” to the Western Athletic Conference many years ago handling the referee duties during a Fresno State game. About 30 seconds into the...

Someone is Always Watching

When you sign up to be an official, you should understand there is a higher standard of behavior for your actions on the field...
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...

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...

Who Gets The Longer Leash?

As officials, we unfortunately know that emotions run high in sports and every official must understand how to react appropriately when someone at the game...

A.D.’s Who Officiate Give Tips On Working With Game Admin

As officials, it’s desirable to maintain quality working relationships with the athletic directors of the schools where we work. As in any working relationships...

8 Steps to Better Communication

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

What the Best Officials Keep Doing

You received the plum assignment, playoff game or bowl game you’ve always wanted. If your group has a scoring system, perhaps you graded out first at your position. You're...

Get it Right the Next Time

We’ve all had one. Or two. Or 102. That moment when stark reality hits and you realize you have just kicked the ever-living daylights...

Moving Forward After Disappointment

Officiating mimics life. Do it long enough and you’re sure to experience the full gamut of emotions. There are times when you’ll experience incredible...

6 Qualities That Get You Respect

In a business environment, you know the people you don’t like to work with. You know the laggards, the braggers and the ones who shove daggers in your...

Get To The Point With Game Language

Good officials must know the language of their respective sports and be able to communicate that language in a way that coaches and players...

Expect Little and You Won’t Be Disappointed

The spectrum of accommodation made for officials is vast. If you've been continually disappointed perhaps, unfortunately, your expectations were a bit high. What do...

Are You Ready to Be in the Spotlight?

Getting the big game — a state playoff contest, a showdown between traditional rivals or a game to decide a conference championship — is...

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