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.

What It Takes To Get What You Want

S ome years ago, Brian Tracy, one of the world’s leading experts in personal development, said, “Success is goals and all else is commentary.” Imagine the...

An Effective Way To End The Argument

It is human nature to argue. When someone challenges your authority, your opinion or your knowledge, it’s normal that your first reaction is to...

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...

Are You Ready to Be in the Spotlight?

Getting the big game — a state playoff contest, a showdown between traditional rivals or a game to decide a conference championship — is...

Groups Work to Give Sports Officials Spiritual Guidance

For decades there have been spiritual outlets for players, coaches and even team administrators, but there hasn't been much available to give sports officials...

Earn That Good Reputation

Ever try constructing a tower out of playing cards? It isn’t easily built. Once achieved, it’s something to be proud of. But one wrong...

Are You a Reactor or a Decision-Maker?

Officials must be decision-makers versus reactors. Officials are trained to make decisions based on plays and not just be reactors to the action. Rely...

Why Are You Talking?

When it comes to the necessities needed in becoming a successful sports official, the art of conversation might not seem to be high on...

8 Universal Truths To Elevate Your Game

O fficiating has been in my blood since I was a scholastic wrestler during the mid-1960s. Throughout the decades, I gradually began to understand the...

5 Ways to Manage Conflict

When situations explode on the field or court, it's up to sports officials to restore the peace and manage conflict. In managing conflict, showing a little empathy, demonstrating good listening skills and providing people with options rather than...

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...

Your Calls Linger After You

You may think the impact of your officiating is confinded to the time the clock is running and ends at the buzzer, but your...

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...

When to Retire

Are you thinking about retiring soon, or do you think that decision is years from now? In talking to people about retiring from any job,...

Get To The Point With Game Language

Good officials must know the language of their respective sports and be able to communicate that language in a way that coaches and players...

Effective Communication Improves Perception of Your Skills

Officiating team sports is complex and challenging. It involves effective positioning based on appropriate fitness, knowledge of the game, accurate perceptual judgment skills, leading...

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...

Does the Stop Signal Work Anymore?

Check out this portion of a discussion thread from a basketball referee online chat circa 2007: “Anybody ever notice how a lot of the talk...

Showing Emotion Isn’t a Bad Thing 

Judgment is an old concept in terms of human history, and as time goes on, humans are constantly trying to regulate judgment and eliminate emotion, to the...

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