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Best Practices

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...

A Veteran’s Advice for Newcomers

By Jerry Grunska Newer officials don’t always know what they’re getting themselves into. There’s a lot to learn, and it goes beyond rules and procedures....

Are You Choosing Your Partner Wisely?

Some sports officials do not have the luxury of choosing their game partner. Many organizations have a commissioner or game assigner that schedules each...

Get Great Series: Better by Tomorrow

If someone told you a way to get better by tomorrow, would you do it no matter what it was? How about if it...

4 Elements of Decisiveness

In the business world, money can be made or lost based, in large measure, on the decisiveness of the executives. In battle, the decisiveness of the...

Six Points of Simple Wisdom

There's a lot of simple wisdom out there, but sometimes those are the things that ring most true. Here are a few to think...

Always Time for Teachable Moments

Whether it is during the prematch conference or a postmatch debrief, a formal evaluation or a self-evaluation, or in a classroom clinic setting, we...

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...

What’s Acceptable Contact Between Officials & Participants?

The issue of the propriety of any two human beings touching one another runs the gamut of the human condition; from liberal to conservative, man to woman, western to eastern....

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...

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