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Sports Officials and the Coronavirus Bill

4/3/2020 – We continue to monitor and seek out appropriate direction for officials. Each state in the US has different rules for unemployment insurance (UI)...

Covid and Officiating: Ready To Return?

20,000 sports officials from across the nation took our survey in late May to gauge their readiness to return to work. They weighed in...

NLRB Board Rules Lacrosse Officials Employees of PIAA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a decision that could have nationwide implications, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that members of a lacrosse...

Home Workout For Sports Officials

Staying in shape while socially isolating is not easy. But a good workout doesn't have to happen in a gym. You can get a...
Sports-Basketball Interrupter – You Make The Ruling: Volume 12 – USB Video (640px x 150px)

Special Assault Protection for Officials Is Needed

After several high profile assaults on sports officials, legislation to protect referees is getting higher visibility. Across the nation and recently in Wisconsin specifically, instances...

Maintaining Mobility, Stability & Control During Quarantine

As a sports official, one of the key elements you have to account for is the ability to stay flexible and mobile. Reacting to...

At Home — with Referee Staffers

Just because the COVID-19 pandemic has put a temporary halt to work at Referee’s physical offices hasn’t meant a stop to the work of...

Concussion Risk Leads MLB Umpire Scott To Retire

Concussions and their risks to players are in the news on an almost daily basis. What isn’t covered as frequently is that officials are...
Sports-Basketball Interrupter – You Make The Ruling: Volume 12 – USB Video (640px x 150px)

Ref Union Using Treasury to Assist Members During Crisis

Ref Union, a California based assigning group focused primarily on the travel basketball market, has gone above the call of duty for their members...

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh hasn’t heard from NFL about maskless argument

(10/2) Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Friday that he hasn't heard from the NFL office after lowering his face covering to argue with...

Pandemic disrupts routine of umpires

(3/24) By October, Keith Segedy’s weekends from the middle of February all the way through Memorial Day were planned out. The hotel rooms, the...

Nigel Owens: ‘We need to get back to the referee actually reffing the game’

(11/24) It is not just because Owens, about to take charge of his 100th Test, the first to reach such a landmark, has always...
Sports-Basketball Interrupter – You Make The Ruling: Volume 12 – USB Video (640px x 150px)

Referees and umpires lobby that they too have been hurt by coronavirus shutdown

(3/23) Within the sports community, one of the affects of the coronavirus outbreak has been the sidelining of nearly all games and competitions across...

Source: NBA referee Courtney Kirkland tests negative for coronavirus

(3/15) NBA referee Courtney Kirkland's coronavirus results came back negative, and doctors cleared him to leave Sacramento, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Kids Won’t Stop Fighting? A Bouncer, a Therapist and a Referee Have Advice

(4/7) Steve Stevens, retired referee in chief for the U.S.A. Hockey Pacific District, started reffing in 1980. He’s officiated countless games and trained referees...

Soccer games in empty stadiums would unite the world’s fans on the couch

(4/10) One of the best things about soccer’s global nature is the feeling of sharing something with people worldwide, whether the game is in...
Sports-Basketball Interrupter – 2010-21 Prep Basketball – Referee Special Edition (640px x 150px)

OHSAA Cancels Spring Sports as School Facilities to Remain Closed

(4/21) The Ohio High School Athletic Association informed member schools Monday, April 20, that spring sports are now cancelled, as Ohio Governor Mike DeWine...

Latrobe umpire Jansen Visconti waiting for MLB to start

(4/27) If Jansen Visconti had his way, he’d be calling balls and strikes in Chicago on Monday instead of fishing for trout on Fourmile...

‘Football is critically important, but we need to ease into this’

(5/6) The GHSA recommended its member schools shut down sports activities March 12 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Hines said the association is spurred into restoring...

Will Empty Bleachers Change the Psychology of Sports?

(5/15) A few professional sports leagues are reopening, albeit with a twist. On Saturday, Germany's Bundesliga soccer league kicks off in front of empty stadiums, while US-based Major...
Sports-Basketball Interrupter – Block/Charge: See It, Call It Video Guide (640px x 150px)

Professional sports officials: ‘Helping people is an easy call’

(6/1) Professional sports officials from the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB took to video to thank those essential workers on the front lines and...

The Latest Timelines and Offseason Details the NBA Is Discussing for Its Return

(6/8) The league is going to get back to business soon. Here’s what that could look like under its new reality, based on intel...

Panama City Beach baseball tournaments put umpires back to work

(6/20) Dozens of umpires are able to get back to work with the 2020 Grand Slam World Series of Baseball tournaments happening in Panama...

NHL Referee, Linesman Join Celebs for High School Virtual Awards Ceremony

(7/1) Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute ended its year on a very memorable note. The Ontario high school’s virtual year-end awards ceremony featured over 30...

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