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General items of interest to all officials that don’t fit in the categories above.

Hot Topics

Hot Topics
General items of interest to all officials that don’t fit in the categories above.

Why Teachers Make Great Officials

There has always been a sizable contingent of teachers within the officiating community. Part of the reason is circumstances; teachers are finished with work and often available to handle...

Spark the Fire to Create Lifelong Officials

We need more officials, plain and simple. The not-so-simple part is figuring out how to spark the fire in new recruits that will keep...

Know More About Teams To Make Situations Easier

Many of us have checklists that we ponder in the days or hours leading up to a given contest to make sure we’re ready to officiate. We make sure...

Camp Preparation Do’s and Don’ts

You can stand out at an officiating camp best by doing exactly what your prospective boss expects in everything that matters. What matters? Here...

How to Recruit U30s

Even before the pandemic, state high school athletic associations faced a significant shortage of officials across the country, which was affecting games. Heavy recruiting...

The Facts Behind Bad Sporting Behavior

Sports and American culture — the two are practically inseparable. Young children through those in their golden years get a thrill from the engaging...

Defining the “It” Factor

Rules knowledge, mechanics and making the right calls are important. Missing any of those elements can break your career, but having them won’t make...

Alaska’s Officials Brave Harsh Weather To Get the Job Done

They practice their craft closer to Siberia than to Seattle. Their dedication helps stoke the fire and keep alive beneficial activities that might otherwise...
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Why I Love Officiating

No matter what sport or level we work, we are bonded. We are drawn together by a passion for officiating those outside the industry...

Is There Still Room for Personality In Signals?

In the old days, style and flair in officiating was easy to recognize. It was prevalent in a lot of games. Today, most assigners...

Rule Changes That Changed Everything

Officiating standards and practices have changed considerably over the course of time. So have the rules all of us are expected to know and enforce. The evolution of the rules...

NASO Survey: Diversity & Inclusion

The NASO National Officiating Survey asked questions that focused on diversity and inclusion topics. The 2017 survey of 17,487 officials provides invaluable insights into...

Pastoral Care in the Officiating Community

A s COVID-19’s reach expanded globally during the spring of 2020, people and the organizations of which they were members scrambled to adjust to everything...

Subject to Interpretation

Anyone who has ever attended a local association meeting knows rules debates can be intense. “Discussions” over minutiae in the rulebook or casebook are often...

Transition Game

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

Can We Improve the Culture of Sports?

“I did not like being a referee one bit, and I’m very happy to be done with it. It was very stressful, and I...

Time to Get It Right

Officials are taught to maintain focus and concentration from the moment they walk on the field or court to the final whistle and sometimes...

Master of the Rules

Mastery of playing rules doesn’t just mean ‘knowing’ what a rule reads Rod Serling might have put it this way: Imagine you’re attending your final year...

Drone Protocol

I n more than 40 years as a referee at the high school, college and professional levels, Bruce Maurer has seen his share of the...

The Top Officiating Stories of 2020

  Pro Sports Delay Seasons Professional leagues such as the NBA, NHL and MLS put the remainder of their 2019-20 seasons on hold in March when...

Inventive Incentive

L ate last winter the math became clear for Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) State Commissioner of Officials Brian Gessner. “We’re not doing a very good job...

Prevent Mistakes on Obscure Rules

Over the past three decades, video review and replay have become staples in game administration. Officials’ judgment is often subject to review, and there...

AVP Officials Meet the Challenge of Champions Cup During Pandemic

Turn on NBC in the summer during a normal year and you are likely to see some of the top volleyball players in the country competing on the sand. In...

The Buzz on Officiating Drones

Drones are making themselves useful in a wide variety of industries and occupations — on construction sites, in roofing, with reforestation and even in...

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