Best Practices

Best Practices

Traveling Etiquette 101

There are practices that should always be followed when traveling with  officiating partners to make sure everyone gets to the game on-time, and gets along with...

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...

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...

Officials Who Coach

We start with my story. I was officiating with a rookie partner (who had great potential) on a middle school championship basketball game. Perfect pairing...

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...

Media Relations

Ask pro or major college officials if they have a nightmare media relations scenario, and they’re likely to reply, “Yes. Having one of my...

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...

The Three Types of Officials

I t may sound elementary, but for the most part there are three types of officials: rulebook attorneys, freelancers and a combination of both. The rulebook...

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...

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...

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