Violet Palmer to Receive Gold Whistle Award

The Gold Whistle Award is presented annually by the National Association of Sports Officials and is the industry's highest honor.

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NFL teams propose 15 rule changes, including to replay review

NFL teams have submitted a total of 15 rule and bylaw change proposals for owners to consider later this month in Phoenix.

Jordyn Keeney breaking barriers as female referee

After the NSAA Boys State Basketball Semifinals, a young fan was waiting for an autograph - of the referee.
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Illinois referee duo celebrates son’s first state finals

The younger Holleman, now 46, watched throughout the twilight of his dad’s 40-year officiating career.

Rangers, Canadiens celebrate referee’s 1,500th NHL game

The New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens kicked off Marc Joannette's 1,500th NHL game with a special present.

NSAA concerned about fans’ sportsmanship at state tournament

"We're trying to nip it in the bud," said Nebraska School Activities Association Executive Director Jay Bellar.

Sharks’ David Quinn Fined $25,000 for Wild Outburst at Referees

Sharks coach David Quinn has been fined $25,000 by the NHL for conduct demeaning to officials, according to a statement from the league.
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NFHS: True Fans Unite to Promote Positive Behavior

We’re tired of seeing games canceled because of brawls in the stands. We’re tired of negativity, immaturity and aggressive behavior.

From NAIA Student-Athlete to Breaking Championship Officiating Barriers

NAIA National Championship: she was the first female on-field official for a national championship game at any level of collegiate football.

NFL: Alan Eck promoted to referee

The league announced that Alan Eck has been promoted to referee. Eck began his NFL career as a side judge in 2016.

FIFA referee Alyssa Nichols is aiming for the World Cup

Jackson State alumna is one of only two Black American women to earn her FIFA badge.
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Timing rules changes proposed in college football

The NCAA Football Rules Committee has proposed several timing rules changes to control the flow of the game.

Longtime referee Jerome Boger retiring

The NFL's longest tenured crew chief, Boger is one of 10 officials who have announced their retirement this offseason.

Former NHL star suspended after hitting referee in the head with water bottle

A referee was struck by a water bottle after Swedish Hockey League goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo lost his cool during a 3-2 defeat.

Fouls and Misconduct Clarifications Headline High School Soccer Rules Changes for 2023-24

Eleven revisions were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee.
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Female Wrestling Officials Are Making Their Mark

Along with female competitors and coaches, the officiating ranks are seeing a demographic shift.

‘Every single seat is full’: Officiating elective among most popular classes

Dan Rodriguez teaches an elective that teaches students how to officiate games, and maybe even make some extra cash.

Girls wrestler Trinity Mowery also standing her ground as junior referee

Trinity, 16, responded. “First off, your son is five. He doesn’t even know where he is right now.”

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Helping hands: Basketball referees

During the height of the pandemic, as sports tentatively resumed, MSHSL launched its “Thank a ref” initiative.

NCAA panel eyes shorter football games, cites player safety

College football leaders are meeting this week in Indianapolis to consider three rules changes that could shorten game times.

How a new MLB rule could change baseball games this season

There are a few key rule changes coming to Major League Baseball this season, but one in particular is throwing players for a curve.

‘Most outstanding official’ honored at ISHAA state championship

At the IHSAA state finals, Scott Arthur was honored as this year’s most outstanding official for girls basketball.

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