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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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...
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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...

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...

DC Court of Appeals Rules Sports Officials are Independent Contractors

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...

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