Leadership Officiating

Covering pregame preparation, team-officiating and being the crew chief.

Leadership Officiating

Leadership Officiating
Covering pregame preparation, team-officiating and being the crew chief.

Picking Up the Pace of Games

One of the great debates in sports these days is how long it takes to play the games. Television has been a great boon...

What it Really Means To Be A Crew Chief

As the crew chief, you’re the maestro on the field or court. That means you have a lot of responsibilities. You must be ready to lead. Retired NBA referee,...

5 Tips to Mentor the Next Generation

There may be no more important role for current officials than to be mentors. If the next generation of officials is to become proficient...

Break Time Doesn’t Mean Time Off for Officials

A college football game encompasses 60 minutes of playing time divided into four 15-minute quarters. But those 60 minutes typically require something approaching three...

Understand the Mindsets of your Crew Members

Getting the most out of a crew is challenging to say the least. Rather than just expecting everyone to be on the same page,...

Five Quick Mentoring Tips

There may be no more important role in officiating than that of a mentor. If the next generation of officials is to become proficient...

Five Lessons on Leadership

By George Gately As CEO of a small, nonprofit corporation, my avocation as a soccer referee has been an adventure in learning. What began as...

Poise and Dignity Go a Long Way

The best way to answer criticism may be not to answer at all. Ignoring the remark denies it credence. No one of an astute...

Stabilizing Your Crew

Matt Austin, Louisville, Ky., is a Southeastern Conference football referee who has worked in the league for 10 years. Through a quarter-century of officiating,...

Make the ‘Third Team’ the Best Team

Most people think two teams are required for an athletic competition. Officials know better. It takes three: the two teams scheduled to take the field or court, plus...

Facing Discipline? Be a Professional

The best way for an official to address association discipline is to not be disciplined at all. Be a professional. Officials who are professionals...

5 Mentoring Strategies That Work

Experienced officials are often asked to mentor men and women who are just beginning a career in officiating. It can be a daunting task to take on. Before you agree...

Decisions, Not Reactions

Officials are supposed to make decisions based on close observation of plays, not on gut reactions to the action. To do that we must rely...

Step Up When Your Partner Needs Help

The excitement of getting an important assignment can be dampened when you discover that your partner needs help because they may not be at...

The Fine Art of Building Your Crew

Great crew chiefs are like great leaders because … well, because they are great leaders. But in officiating, the whole is only as good as the sum of its parts....

Welcoming Adversity

E veryone handles nerves and adversity differently. Some believe if you don’t get at least a little nervous before a big game, you don’t understand the...

Act Like the Role Model You Are

One night I drove to a rink in Amherst, N.Y., to watch the Empire State Games, an Olympic-style event for amateur high school athletes. The hockey game I...

How to Transition Smoothly with a New Partner

In many areas, we don’t have a choice about who we’re teamed with. We might have some input into the process, but the final...

The Secret of ‘Officiating Up’

“Leading up” has become a common mantra in American business. Many have read the work of University of Pennsylvania professor Michael Useem, who argues...

Dictator or Facilitator: What Type of Official are You?

The late Bill Klem, perhaps the greatest umpire in the history of baseball, was once shown a photo that supposedly proved he blew a...
Pass On Officiating Wisdom

How to Pass on Your Wisdom

Whether you’ve been officiating for some time or you simply have three more games under your belt than another official, you’re in a position...

9 Characteristics of a Good Mentor

Ask anyone who has “made it” in officiating about the people who have helped them along the way and they will without a doubt have a list of...

Move from Camp to Classroom

Every serious official has been there: in a classroom, looking at a PowerPoint as a clinician goes over a rule or positioning principle. They’ve made...

Right People, Right Place, Right Time

It takes a special person to be a good assigner. You’ve got to find the right people, send them to the right place and...

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