2021-22 High School Ice Hockey Rules Changes Highlighted by Increased Safety for Displaced Skate...

(5/13) “The committee deserves a lot of credit for its work during its annual meeting, but even more so for the good work it...

Pac-12 hires MGM Resorts’ Kliavkoff as commissioner

(5/13) The Pac-12 hired sports entertainment executive George Kliavkoff to be the conference’s next commissioner on Thursday, replacing Larry Scott with a person with...

NFHS: Shot Clock Allowed by State Adoption for High School Basketball in 2022-23

(5/12) Beginning with the 2022-23 season, a 35-second shot clock will be permitted in high school basketball games by state association adoption. A proposal...

Novak Djokovic screams at Italian Open umpire, later apologizes for being ‘not nice’

(5/12) As rain fell on the clay court and opponent Taylor Fritz kept kept up pressure with the match on the line, Novak Djokovic...
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Webinars become a vital tool in the learning process for FIBA referees

(5/12) There were 15 webinars held from January to April this year, with 10 dedicated for FIBA Elite Program referees, five open sessions and...

Spain’s Mateu Lahoz to referee Champions League final

(5/12) Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz will take charge of the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea, UEFA has announced.

Referee shortage challenges high school basketball season

(5/12) Early estimates show rosters of game referees are down by as much as 50%, with several factors playing a role in the loss...

Sports Organizations Working Together as One Team for Benefit of All Participants

(5/12) Periodically, The NFHS Voice will be presented in the form of video. This week, NFHS Executive Director Karissa Niehoff salutes all sports organizations...
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Dad charged with assaulting referee who officiated son’s losing wrestling match

(5/11) A father is charged with assault after police said he tried to choke a Spooky Nook Sports referee he blamed for his son’s...

Umpire shortage forcing central Indiana schools to cancel baseball games

(5/11) It is a nationwide issue that is especially impacting teams in central Indiana. The Indiana High School Athletic Association says statewide they are...

Striking Out: Shortage of umpires and players hits teams

(5/11) Batter up! Little league teams across Siouxland are having a tough time filling umpire positions. It's been a problem for years but the...

New Hampshire youth soccer leagues see referee shortage

(5/10) “This has been easily the toughest year over the last 10 or so years that I’ve been doing this,” certified referee assigner Ryan...
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NFL Ref Matt Sumstine Calls Out For New Officials

(5/10) Matt Sumstine, who works for the NFL as a replay official, is offering a program that gives opportunities for anyone (female or male)...

Incentives help attract referees, umpires in wake of shortage

(5/10) "This year, we’re down about 2,300, refs so we’re almost half of what we usually have," Dammer said. The Blaine Soccer Club hasn't...

Referee Tony Brown to miss rest of 2020-21 season

(5/10) NBA referee Tony Brown will not officiate the rest of the regular season nor during the 2021 NBA Playoffs after being diagnosed with...

Umpire brothers call first game together in more than two decades

(5/9) Both are umpiring because they want to stay involved in the game and give back to it at the same time, including mentoring...
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TSSAA official Gerald Tidwell dies after collapsing during baseball game

(5/9) Gerald Tidwell, the principal at Warren County Middle School and a TSSAA official, died Saturday after collapsing during a district tournament baseball game....

More referees and umpires needed at all levels

(5/8) The shortage of officials in high school – and middle school – sports has been a growing concern for several years; however, the...

FIFA referee dies after ‘freak’ car accident

(5/8) FIFA assistant referee Shaun Olive has passed away after a car accident last week.

Local referee continues to work while fighting cancer

(5/8) Diagnosed in November with squamous cell carcinoma, Mark watched and waited as dozens, even hundreds of well wishes poured in over the ensuing...
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Technical fouls proposed for players who flop in NCAAM basketball

(5/8) The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee on Friday recommended officials assess technical fouls to players who fake being fouled, beginning in the 2021-22...

International 3-point line distance proposed in NCAAW basketball

(5/8) The NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee on Friday proposed moving the 3-point line to the international distance of 22 feet, 1¾ inches, beginning...

Mavericks’ Luka Doncic admits he has to stop ‘complaining way too much’ to referees

(5/7) It's always nice when a young player in the league has enough self-awareness to know when he needs to correct something. After Thursday...

Bill Howard reflects on 50-year basketball officiating career

(5/7) Bill Howard, whose full-time job was as an enforcement agent for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue for 35 years, became a certified official...

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