Best Practices

Best Practices

6 Common Errors and How to Avoid Them

It seems no matter how long a person has been officiating, and regardless of the sports he or she works, any official can fall...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Tips For Working In Cold Weather

Much has changed since Dec. 31, 1967. When the crew scheduled to work the NFL championship game awoke in Green Bay, Wis., that morning,...

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...

Tournament Tested

How do you get to the postseason? What skills are important when doing those big games? How do you stay at the top when...

30 Basics of Officiating

If you've officiated for any length of time, you’ve probably heard most of these basics of our avocation before, but they bear repeating and...

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...

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