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)...

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...

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...

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...
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Maintaining Mobility, Stability & Control At Home

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...

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...
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New NCAA Director of Umpire Training Needed

(7/15) NCAA Director of Umpire Training Tom Hiler is retiring from that position on Aug. 31, after serving in that capacity with the NCAA...

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...
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UMPS CARE event goes virtual for good cause

(2/1) UMPS CARE Charities usually has a golf tournament this time of the year to raise money for hospital programs, college scholarships and youth...

FIFA-qualified assistant referee Frank Komba practicing match duties from living room

(3/31) As the world enters a state of lockdown in a bid to combat the coronavirus pandemic, many people have been told to work from...

Officials also taking a hit during virus pandemic

(4/5) The UIL and Brazoria County school districts have both lengthened the suspension of all activities through May 4, and it has affected spring...

‘It’s almost like you’re drowning,’ COVID-19 survivor says

(4/8) Haehnle was a referee at the MHSAA Boys Basketball District Tournament game at Concord High School on March 11, an exposure site for...
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MLB’s radical Arizona plan offers best hope at return of pro sports

(4/15) At a time when other professional sports leagues have been seemingly reluctant to get creative in exploring ways to restart their brands, MLB...

What a parade: Community helps Verge celebrate 80th birthday

(4/24) Verge celebrated his 80th birthday in a unique style on Friday night, April 24 — especially, given the daily social restraints, on-going, state-wide...

Don’t Forget About the Umpires As Baseball Grapples With the Coronavirus

(5/2) If and when baseball returns in 2020, it won't just be the players and coaches taking the field. Umpires, too, will be assuming...

Owners to push back rules change votes

(5/12) According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL plans to delay voting on any rules changes until a May 28 videoconference.
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How coronavirus has made a personal and immediate impact on NBA referee and his...

(5/20) In their own way, Lindsay and Burigatto are at the heart of COVID-19 – Lindsay being on the court when the Thunder team...

Virtual video, rules test and Peloton: How umps and refs are staying sharp during...

(6/3) Ted Barrett loves baseball. To say he is missing baseball is an understatement. He has never thrown a pitch, hit a single up...

New Jersey Officials Release Guidelines For Organized Sports As State Enters Stage 2 Of...

(6/15) New Jersey officials have released guidelines for organized sports as the state enters stage two of the reopening process. The state entered stage...

Kansas faces referee shortage as play resumes

(6/26) Prior to the coronavirus, there was already a shortage of sports officials in Kansas due to assaults towards officiants. Now, some are taking...

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