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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.

More Players, Fewer Officials Point to Trouble Ahead

The NFHS reports a 16 percent increase nationally in the number of boys playing high school soccer in 2018 compared to 2009. While this may thrill soccer enthusiasts, it’s...

I’m Working With Who?

Partners and crewmates come in all different shapes, sizes and personalities. There are a lot of good ones out there, but then there are...

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...

Big Data’s Increasing Role in Sports Officiating

Rusty Acree got a call from Bill Carollo this past year, asking him to provide three years of Power Five (P5) replay data from...

Be Prepared for Officiating After Covid

How will you feel when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and the games resume? Ecstatic? Relieved? Anxious? How about prepared? We will be experiencing a new normal in many...

College Baseball Replay: By the Numbers

The 2019 college baseball postseason saw not only a significant expansion in what types of plays can be reviewed, but also an expansion of where replay was...

Should H.S. Basketball Give The Shot Clock A Shot?  

The NFHS basketball rulebook makes no mention of a shot clock. But governing bodies in eight states, plus the District of Columbia, utilize a shot clock for high school play in some...

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...
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Summit @ Home Program Resonates

The Summit @ Home, which ran from Aug. 24 to Aug. 27 was a resounding success. Nearly 10,000 officials from around the U.S. and...

Officiating Organizations Stand Out at the Summit@Home

Often in officiating we only hear about officiating companies or organizations when they have a booth at a camp or clinic we're attending, or...
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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...

Rushing in to Assist

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria tore through the northeastern Caribbean. The deadly Category 5 storm hit Puerto Rico especially hard, causing billions of dollars...

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...

The Game of Life

The coronavirus crisis has disrupted our individual and collective life rhythms. Rhythm generally means, a movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Are Big Calls Even A Thing Anymore?

The proposition is simple enough: safe or out? foul or not? catch or no catch? A good official has had hundreds of big calls in his...

Keeping Players Safe is JOB ONE

W hen it comes to player safety, photos (and film clips) speak a thousand words. A video montage created for a session at the 2016 NASO...

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...

Officials Help Keep a Park District League in Operation

A few years back, the park district in our community started an indoor soccer league and offered players in the area the opportunity to...

Employee or Independent Contractor?

Update: June 14th, 2019 - View the court's ruling Some of history’s bloodiest conflicts were started over a small insult. A pastry chef not receiving...

NFHS Executive Director Weighs in on Support of Officials

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,...

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