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.

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...

Don’t Try To Win The Argument

As an official, when you are involved in a conflict, your goal is to resolve it. You have to fight the tendency to want to win the...

A Hierarchy of Tolerance

As officials, we unfortunately get different levels of commentary from different participants in the game. We shouldn’t take actual physical or extreme verbal abuse, period, but...

Shut Out Distractions and Focus

Every game — whether it’s a youth contest or an NCAA postseason game — matters to the players. So it’s important we bring our best to every game....

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...

Learn Lessons From Sports You Don’t Work

“What’s My Line?” was a popular TV game show 45 years ago. Larry Blyden was the host and the premise was that four celebrities had to guess...

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...

Are You Addicted to Officiating?

Officiating sports for the vast majority of us is an avocation, a hobby, a distraction, a chance to exercise and to help. Officiating can...

20 Inspiring Books For Sports Officials

If you had inside access to the bookshelves of college and professional officials and officiating leaders, what books would you find? Sure, rulebooks are...

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...

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