Art Of Officiating

Covering conflict management, the psychology of officiating, best practices and officiating/life balance.

Art Of Officiating

Art Of Officiating
Covering conflict management, the psychology of officiating, best practices and officiating/life balance.

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...

How To Get A Postseason Assignment and Make The Most Of It

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

Effective Relationships With Coaches

I was working a boys’ basketball game a few years back and the home team was getting shelled. They couldn’t shoot, pass, handle the...

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...

Six C’s That Will Get You Straight A’s

Mnemonics are devices intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula. A popular example, HOMES, is an acronym to help recall the...

No More Handshakes Doesn’t Mean No More Good Sportsmanship

The “new normal” is one of the many terms we hear repeatedly as the country begins its return to normal activities from the COVID-19...

Enhance Your Skills Fast With Repetition and Practice

Practice is synonymous with athletes, but practice can be as helpful to officials as it is to those playing the games. Whether it’s actually...

Bounce Back from a Bad Game

Ever had one of those nights when, for whatever reason, you’re off your game? Whether it’s because you were distracted by issues that have nothing to do with...

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...

4 Reasons We Fail to Get Help

I stumbled upon a couple of clips of MLB games and got a chuckle out of how the announcers reacted to two situations. It’s...

Become Unflappable with Emotional Control

When people say, “There’s no need to get emotional,” that’s probably more true for officials than for the average person. Put a regular guy...

Strategies to Stay Above the Fray

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the officiating industry has taken a heavy blow. All officials in some shape or form were impacted and continue to...
16 tips to be a better official or referee

16 Sure-Fire Ways to Improve

Tens of thousands of words have been devoted to helping officials improve their performance. No attempt has been made here to identify these as the best tips. But...

6 Things You Never Say to a Coach

You will say all kinds of things when you’re having a conversation, conference, discussion, talk, debate or heated exchange with a coach. But are there some comments that should...

Confidence Through Strong Body Language

The score is tied in the championship basketball game with less than a minute remaining. The fans in the packed arena are on their...

Defeat Negative Attitudes. Enjoy Your Games.

S Officials come face-to-face with a great deal of negativity — their own, that of other officials or that of coaches and players. There are...

What the Best Instructors Do Right

Whether we've been officiating for some time, figure ourselves to be seasoned vets or we simply have three more games under our belts than...

Maintain the Rhythm of the Game

A game is a kind of dance, with its own unique rhythm. Not completely, but they have similar elements. One team is on offense...

Connect the Head and the Heart

Sports officiating is an emotional challenge. Gonzaga University’s Rachelle Strawther knows this firsthand after her experience running a sports and officiating soccer program in...

How To Handle An Instantly Irritated Coach

The legendary Ed Hightower was “on loan” to the Western Athletic Conference many years ago handling the referee duties during a Fresno State game. About 30 seconds into the...

Finding Acceptance as the New Person in Town

When I accepted the offer to join Referee as an associate editor in January, I had next to no concerns about how I’d fit...

Reduce Officiating Stress and Improve Performance

Officials are quitting at record rates and many veteran officials have testified sportsmanship has become much worse over the years. Others want to stay...

Top Tips to Terminate Tiffs and Tough Talks

Not all arguments with coaches end perfectly. The goal of all officials is to resolve volatile conflict quickly and to an extent that allows...

Take the Bumps Out of Working Multiple Levels

Many Referee readers officiate more than one level of a sport or, at least, hope to do so. That could be middle school and...

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