Psychology of Officiating

Psychology of Officiating

Psychology of Officiating

How You React to Disappointment Defines You

Officiating is an interesting and challenging line of work, no matter your involvement. Whether you are an active official, assigner or administrator, decisions you...

You’re Not Advancing

A frustrating and isolating problem in officiating is when you’re not advancing. You’ve put the time in, gone to camps, helped your local association, worked all the...

Strategic Planning For Your Officiating Career

Do you sometimes feel that your officiating career has grown stagnant, that your future seems unclear and that you’re not sure where you’re heading...

Why We Officiate

1. Camaraderie The fellowship and humor officials share with one another are incomparable. 2. Boos There’s nothing like fans booing when you have the silent satisfaction of...

Defeat Negative Attitudes. Enjoy Your Games.

Situational negativity occurs when a specific recent incident causes one official to adopt a negative attitude toward another official. Imagine a football crew in...

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...

Pause Points Help Manage Stress

Officiating, at its core, is the ability to make quality decisions under stress. The loud environment, the passion of the players, and running up and down the field,...

How To Develop The Mental Skills to Thrive as an Official

How to develop the mental skills needed to thrive and advance in officiating. By Karen Swanner D o you have the mental skills to become one of...

Are You Good or Great?

W hat attributes separate good officials from average officials? That question has been posed often over the years. While there doesn’t seem to be a...

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...

Manage High Stress Situations So You Don’t Choke or Panic

Why do some officials perform poorly when under pressure? Ruling out poor positioning, misapplication or misunderstanding of the rules, inexperience and absentmindedness, one must turn to psychological explanations for official underperformance....

8 Steps to Better Communication

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

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...

Moving Forward After Disappointment

Officiating mimics life. Do it long enough and you’re sure to experience the full gamut of emotions. There are times when you’ll experience incredible...

7 Roommate Tips for Camps and Tournaments

These 7 tips give officials helpful hints on how to be a good roommate when sharing a room at a camp or tournament. 1. Figure out...

Saving One Official at a Time

I met with a friend last year who I heard had gotten out of officiating after only a few years. I thought perhaps his departure...

Why R You Officiating?

Officiating is an avocation, and no two people come to it the same way or for the same reasons. I knew that whatever I...

Get it Right the Next Time

We’ve all had one. Or two. Or 102. That moment when stark reality hits and you realize you have just kicked the ever-living daylights...

The Association Isn’t Backing You

One problem that officials can face is being unable to find dependable support, which is needed for a wide variety of reasons. For example,...

‘Big Time’ Attitude is for Small People

Virtually every local association or chapter has at least one official who has “made it big,” the member who has worked a state championship...

Coaches Mentality

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

Don’t Let Self-Criticism Detract From Your Successes

Think about how many times in your career you received real-time praise from a fan, a coach or a player. Compare that with the number of times you...

Can Our Intuition Deceive Us?

By Rick Gaydos A couple of years ago I was watching a local TV talk show. A panelist recommended a book that wasn’t typically sports-related but...

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...

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