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The Largest Officiating Survey Ever

17,487. That is the number of officials whose investment in this avocation motivated them to respond to the recent National Association of Sports Officials...

Milan vs. Muncie

Milan High School’s Bobby Plump faked left, dribbled to his right, then pulled up and took a jump shot from the free-throw line with...

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...

Harassment Halt

A ll sports officials are potential targets for criticism. When we don a striped shirt and pick up a whistle, we understand criticism comes with...

An Inside Look at the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four

As a winter bomb cyclone slammed Denver on March 13, Matt Palumb was home in Syracuse, N.Y., with two things on his mind: the...

Aweigh Games

Michael Kennedy suddenly found himself in a predicament that was not of his own making. A 15-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, Kennedy, who holds...

FROM THE CHAIR Leadership Is a Privilege

"Leader-ship is a privilege” are words I heard from U.S. Army four-star General Robert W. Cone. Bob Cone is my friend. I met him after...

Try Angles

There is one thing I find more important than all others in getting my calls on the field and on the court correct: the...

Follow My Lead

By Jason Palmer Taking a page out of corporate America's playbook in a bold, aggressive step to mitigate the officials shortage in the state, Oregon...

Transition Game

By Scott Tittrington Basketball has taken Ka-Deidre “Didi” Simmons around the globe. After a stellar collegiate career at Seton Hall University that saw her graduate...

Roller Coaster Ride

Rhythm generally means a movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite/different conditions, and every sports official knows...

Locked Out

Late on the evening of Sept. 24, 2012, three men enjoy a nightcap at a New York City hotel. On the TV, the Seattle...

Q&A with Dr. Karissa Niehoff

Dr. Karissa Niehoff needed no prompting to address the elephant in the room. “We’re definitely supportive of the great work that our officials are doing,...

The Shot

As an exhausted Tom Clark settled back into the aisle seat of his Delta Airlines flight the morning of March 29, 1992, a slight...

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...

Coach ‘Em Up

By Tom Schreck Experienced officials are often asked to mentor men and women who are just beginning a career in officiating. It can be a...

#RefereeRecruit

If you had to sell officiating in 140 characters or less, what would you say? “If you want to do something unique that sets you apart,...

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