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The Evolution of Explanations

Sports officials and microphones have a long history. In fact, one of the earliest instances involved Major League Baseball in 1929. On Aug. 25 of...

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...

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...

It’s Not Your Timeout

A timeout provides officials with an opportunity to galvanize, regroup, clarify or simply maintain focus on the game at hand. What can a person do in 60 seconds? An Olympic-level...

Big Game, Big Stage

Most of us lead a simple life. We’ll never have to go through the drudgery of another game at Soldier Field or Madison Square...

Etiquette for Video Training

Using video for training purposes is no longer the discovery of the age. Gone are the days we have to give a blank video...

5 Post-game Discussion Strategies

It’s been a long day. There was the travel to the event, the pregame meeting, a long grueling contest, some testy coaches, an opinionated...

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...

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...

Eye Contact Is Vital

Guidelines for personal and professional etiquette stress the importance of good eye contact. It’s no different in officiating. When communicating with partners, players, coaches or...

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