Best Practices

Best Practices

Squeezing the Last Drop Out of Your Talent

25For most of the movie “Whiplash,” music instructor Terence Fletcher curses, rails at, belittles and humiliates his students. When he encounters one of his former...

Elements that Determine a Successful Crew

In the sports world, a team’s success is determined by wins and losses and, to a major extent, by the number of championships it...

Stay Focused until Game Conclusion

At any sporting event, you’re likely to hear someone holler, “Keep your head in the game!” That heckler might not be referring to the...

Be Prepared When You Travel to Assignments

Whether this is your first year or 10th year as an official, there is great anticipation while you await your schedule. You can’t wait...

Eight Ways To Avoid Negative Attention

The pages of Referee often feature the do’s for landing the next big game and breaking into the next level. But equally important to...

Your Officiating Style Should Embrace Personal Growth

It's been one of those games. Every stop in play, someone from each team is complaining, and that doesn’t even include the coaches, who...

Right Way to Turn Back a Game

In most aspects of life, there is a right way and a wrong way. Such is the case when you turn back a game. Knowing the difference...

What Supervisors Teach can be What Gets Called

In the local football chapter where I started officiating years ago, it has been the practice to have separate weekly training sessions for first-year officials. The feeling is...

Rehearse Fundamental Judgments

Officials can develop healthy habits that have nothing to do with streamlining their diet or counting calories. Many sports have repeated practices or habits...

Self-Evaluation is Critical

Having both the ability and willingness to self-evaluate is critical to becoming a better referee. Whether you do youth, school or amateur games, you must...

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