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

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

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...

2023 Mel Narol Medallion: NFLRA

The National Football League Referees Association (NFLRA) was awarded the 2023 NASO Mel Narol Medallion Award in Riverside, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 1, during...

Benefits and Landmines of Working Multiple Sports

More and more, we seem to lose sight of the fact kids might be playing three sports just for the fun of it. Now,...

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...

Doors Opening Wider

Clockwise from top left: Amanda Bender, Maia Chaka, Kelly Dine, Sara Woods, Kaili Kimura By Tim Yonke In what could be a blueprint for women seeking...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Recruiting & Retention: What Worked…What Didn’t

By Scott T. Glass Nearly every officials association in the country is experiencing serious membership shortages. Recruiting new officials is a complex, deliberate organizational task...

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...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Our Guide to High School Replay 

Since its regular season introduction to pro football officiating in 1986, replay has found its way into nearly all of the major professional sports. Even the so-called beautiful...

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...

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...

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...

I’m Working With Whom?

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

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...

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