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.

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Crew Chief: Master These Mindsets

People expect a lot from sports officials. They’re expected to arrive at games on time and prepared. We know they attempt to officiate in a professional manner, be in...

You Are Already ‘There’

To achieve maximum personal success and productivity as a basketball official, one has to be highly motivated and have a positive attitude. Furthermore, to reach and...

Be a Team Player

“I hear you, Coach, but it wasn’t my call.” That statement can send shockwaves of negativity into a situation on the court or field....

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