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.

When Your Partner’s Out of It Mentally

You show up at the game site. You’re pumped. You meet your partner. Something’s wrong. He or she is distracted, upset, not engaged. You can see right away...

Make Your Time Work For You

Adding officiating to your already busy schedule can cause a painful time crunch. But if you manage your time well, you can fit officiating...

End Game

Your job doesn’t end after the game is over. Most of the time, the game ends without serious conflict. However, there are some things...

Body Language Speaks Volumes

When people hear the word “communication,” they think of how one person speaks to another. A sometimes overlooked yet critically important method is body language. In many ways, an official’s...

Week In The Life of An SEC Football Official

SEC FOOTBALL OFFICIATING WEEKLY PROCESS SATURDAY From the SEC Football Command Center, monitor games as well as internet and social media and note issues for...

Coaches Mentality

Coaches and officials can have an adversarial relationship because of the primary difference between an officials and a coaches mentality: Coaches care who wins and officials...

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....

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