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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.

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...

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...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Comments Don’t Reflect Reality

The times have changed in sports and officials know it all too well. In the past the things people said to us while we...

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...

Should Sports Officials Be Suspended? 

Officials strive to do the right thing, enforce the rules correctly and administer the game properly. But inevitably, mistakes will happen. Sometimes it’s an error in...

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....

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...

Can Coaches Openly Criticize?

When a Missouri girls’ high school basketball coach publically said negative things about the officiating after his team’s playoff loss last season, athletic administrators...
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Biggest Officiating Stories Of 2018

NFL Fires Official During the Season window.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'2AlPwJffR1tEXZt3Br8Etw',sig:'wWEag2pmM6wyuc3N30gdnIZIYBfL4OAL3hhjLIBsGyU=',w:'640px',h:'594px',items:'630554080',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); For the first time in the Super Bowl era, the NFL fired an official during...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Test Pattern

If you’re a typical Referee reader, you’re college educated and have spent 15 or 20 years in school. That means you’ve probably taken thousands...

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...

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