Best Practices

Best Practices

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...

Arrive and Shine With Good First Impressions

How you enter the arena, stadium, field or other facility says a lot about you. Do you casually stroll in? Are you laughing, confident,...

Study The Game To Improve As An Official

One of the greatest things you can do to help improve your officiating is to gain a better understanding of the game itself, whatever...

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...

7 Ways to Avoid Attacks

Unfortunately, in today’s culture, many officials have been followed out to their car by unfriendly people after a game. Others have been threatened during or after a...

Officiating’s ‘Workplace Guide’

Although officiating is an avocation for most of us, it is one that must be treated as a business. Officiating should be fun, but...

6 To Do’s Before Play Resumes After a Stoppage

At a time when scrutiny of officials is greater than ever before, the need to get plays right is Job One. Most evaluators won’t...

Increase Concentration in One-Sided Games

One-sided games are no fun for anyone, except for the team that wins, of course. Generally speaking, the losing team and the officials just...

Does Appearance Still Matter If You Get the Calls Right?

Beards and tattoos have become much more prevalent and accepted in today’s society than in years past. You see them on everyone from CEOs...

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...

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...

Try Angles

There is one thing I find more important than all others in getting my calls on the field and on the court correct: the...

Get Great Series: Better by Next Week

If someone told you a they had a way to get better by next week, would you do it no matter what it was?...

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...

Eliminate Your Own Distractions

There are many things that might disrupt an official’s concentration during a game. They might be internal or external and could happen during play...

Earn That Good Reputation

Ever try constructing a tower out of playing cards? It isn’t easily built. Once achieved, it’s something to be proud of. But one wrong...

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....

Pregame Meeting Etiquette

Pat the referee arrives at Hometeam High School for a basketball game. With Chris, the inexperienced partner, in tow, Pat approaches Hometeam Head Coach...

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...

Postgame Discussions The Right Way

It was a tough game and not much went as planned. Now it’s time to break down where it all went wrong. It‘s a stressful situation and...

Lightning Protocol Advances with Technology

In the not-so-distant past, the protocol for handling lightning was straightforward for officials working outdoor sporting events at the amateur levels. If lightning was...

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...
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Seven Kinds of Hustle

Hustle is defined in different ways by different sports officials, but many will point out that the physical — get from here to there as fast as possible...

Turn The Cast Away?

One of the hazards of being a sports official is that you quickly become an expert consultant to your friends when they have a question about a rule...

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