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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.

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...

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,...

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...

Camp Preparation Do’s and Don’ts

You can stand out at an officiating camp best by doing exactly what your prospective boss expects in everything that matters. What matters? Here...

Video Changing the Face of Officiating

One of my favorite books is Instant Replay. The author, Jerry Kramer, was an All-Pro guard for the Green Bay Packers. In 1968, he...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Why would anyone want to be a referee?

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Biggest Officiating Stories Of 2018

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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...

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