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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.

Suspensions and Terminations Impact All Officials

Officials have never been under greater scrutiny. In the wake of high-profile officiating suspensions and terminations, Referee publisher Barry Mano examines the deep impact...

Embracing Technology in Sports

No matter what sport you officiate, or even at what level, technology has become an integral part of sports. You have heard the popular expression, “Get...

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...

You Think Writing Rules Is Easy?

When I think about the process of writing rules, I remember a "The Far Side" cartoon in which some solemn-looking American colonists were gathered around another...

When a State Draws the Line on Sportsmanship

It’s no secret that sportsmanship issues are an ongoing issue in high school athletics. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) decided to address the issue head on....

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...

Military Intelligence

Bob Delaney, vice president of referee operations and director of officials for the NBA, sees something special in officials with military backgrounds. Teamwork and trust...

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...

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...

Get Great Series: Better by Next Year

If someone told you a they had a way to get better by next year, would you do it no matter what it was? ...

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