Art McNally – It’s official, former referee joins Pro Football Hall of Fame

“He really pulled it all together. He kind of took it from an avocation to a profession and set the stage for everything that...

NFL asks on-field officials to focus on illegal contact fouls during 2022 season

Officials flagged illegal contact an average of 97 times per season between 2002 and 2020, but that number dropped to 36 last season.

40th Annual Sports Officiating Summit wraps up in Denver this week

The sports officiating industry event of the year gathered officials, leaders and supporters from around the country in Denver, CO.

Emphasis on Sportsmanship in High School Activities Now Extends to Online Behavior

Among those fundamental values of education-based activities that must be discussed is sportsmanship, or good sporting behavior.
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Michael Oliver to referee 2022 UEFA Super Cup; Semi-Automated Offside Technology to be introduced

Semi-Automated Offside Technology will premiere at the UEFA Super Cup in Helsinki, and will be used in the upcoming UEFA Champions League season.

Joan Powell receives the Gold Whistle Award at the Celebrate Officiating Gala

Powell receives the Gold Whistle Award, Jim Hosts the Mel Narol Medallion, Bobby Dibler the Inspire Award at the Celebrate Officiating Gala.

Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO) Announces New Abuse Policy

TASO has announced a bold new policy to address the growing incidents of excessive verbal and physical abuse directed at sports officials.

Fran Martin eager for transition to official’s education, support role at KSHSAA

As Martin embarks on her fully-dedicated official's support and education position, she's got a clear message she's sending out. "Recruit, Retain and Train."
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Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials discusses national official shortage in youth and high...

Bill Carollo talked about the national official shortage in youth and high school sports on at Big Ten Football Media Days.

Sports Officiating Industry Event of the Year to Kick Off Sunday in Denver

The 40th annual Sports Officiating Summit will run Sunday, July 31 through Tuesday, August 2 in Denver, Colorado.

Mistreatment of sports officials sees rapid increase

“It’s never been worse than it is right now. Back in the day, we never had conversations about our safety. We didn’t worry where...

MLB to host free Umpire Camp at Coors Field Saturday, July 30

Major League Baseball will host a free, one-day umpire camp at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, on Saturday, July 30th.
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NFL Mackie Development Program

The NFL’s Mackie Development Program provides an opportunity for college-level officials to be exposed to some of the same experiences as NFL officials.

6 Women Are Changing What the Modern NBA Referee Looks Like

Last season, the NBA had 75 full-time officials, and of those 75, six were women.

Referee Bova to discuss career, sign book at library Aug. 17

NCAA basketball referee Phil Bova will share untold stories from three decades of working Big Ten basketball games Aug. 17.

Kansas high schools face officiating shortage amid concerns of verbal abuse, poor treatment

A growing shortage of KSHSAA officials may threaten high school sports when classes resume this fall.
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High school sports trying to cope with shortage of officials

Attrition, old age, military deployments, injuries, retirement, fan harassment have left a shortage of qualified officials.

NHL’s first Black official to B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame

Jay Sharrers made hockey history when he became the first Black linesman in the NHL in 1990 & league's first Black referee in 2001.

Texas offering MMA, boxing fans training to become refs, judges

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s Combative Sports program is offering in-person classes in Austin next month for fans.

PODCAST: Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson – Sports officiating: changing the game

Hear how sports officiating developed from the self-adjudicating early days of soccer to the multi-camera instant replays of today.
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How The NBA Is Training Refs

Today’s officiating program is far more layered and detailed. The NBA is using summer league and virtual reality to train refs.

NFHS Signs New Corporate Partnership with United States Marine Corps

The NFHS has agreed to a new corporate partnership with the United States Marine Corps to enhance leadership qualities.

Army veteran answers call to umpiring

US Army veteran Michael Leer heard that there was a shortage of umpires on area softball and baseball fields and he answered the call.

Kelli Drake follows family footsteps, has special first game as IHSAA referee

Not only was that the first game the family members would ref together, but it was also Drake’s refereeing debut.

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