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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.

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...

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...

Things Said To Us That Don’t Reflect Reality  

The times that Dylan sang were a-changin’ are here and officials know that well. Where at one time the things we hear and are said to us...

Catch This If You Can

It’s a question fans have debated for years: What’s the hardest thing to do in sports? Hit a baseball? Shoot par in golf? Score...

The Zen of Embracing Technology

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...

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...

One Strike And You’re Out

It’s a warm, humid early September evening as two traditional soccer rivals take to the pitch. Late in the first half, lightning flashes several...

Can They Say That?

When a Missouri girls’ high school basketball coach openly criticized the officiating after his team’s playoff loss last season, athletic administrators there pondered a...

The Player Safety Mandate

W hen it comes to player safety, photos (and film clips) speak a thousand words. A video montage created for a session at a recent NASO Sports...

A Touchy Subject

By Tim Sloan It doesn’t always take a feature-length movie to define a complicated issue. On one night during the volleyball season, it took about...

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