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...

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...
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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...
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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...

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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Fallout from COVID-19 pandemic spreads to youth sports

(4/7) With the continued concerns surrounding COVID-19, local youth sports have now been impacted. There are many baseball, softball and soccer associations that have...

Local official also feels impact of COVID-19

(4/15) Teacher Donnie Fleenor and his wife, Marla, are feeling the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus when schools were closed across North Carolina...

‘Referees need supporting too’: life in lockdown for rugby league officials

(4/22) Officials face a challenge to keep fit and focused in readiness for eventual return but are keeping themselves busy – and useful.

IFAB will bring in new officiating laws post Covid-19, says Calistus Chukwujekwu

(4/30) IFAB had instructed that after the Covid-19, anybody that wants to check the new laws of the game, in the other way round...
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Youth baseball returns to area after coronavirus shutdown

(5/10) GameTime Tournaments planned a socially distanced, Mother's Day weekend tournament. The attendance is down from the normal 180 teams to roughly 40. For...

Referee Wes McCauley’s Family Puts on the Stripes

(5/18) Referee Wes McCauley is making the most of the paused NHL season. The veteran NHL official has already found a recurring guest spot...

Status of State Association Activity Restrictions

(6/1) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state associations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia suspended athletics and activities in March. As...

The Premier League’s first foreign ref set to be Australian Jarred Gillett

(6/11) Australian referee Jarred Gillett is set to become the Premier League’s first foreign official. The 33-year-old is reportedly in line to referee a...
Sports-Baseball Interrupter – Say What? How to Respond to Baseball Players and Coaches (640px x 150px)

MLB players, coaches subject to fines or suspensions for on-field altercations

(6/23) Tuesday, MLB insider Joel Sherman reported players and coaches are subject to immediate ejection, fines and/or suspensions if they come within six feet...

Jerry Snodgrass abruptly removed as OHSAA executive director

(7/6) In a stunning development Monday night, Jerry Snodgrass was relieved of his duties as executive director of the Ohio High School Athletic Association...

NFL unveils Oakley Mouth Shield to combat coronavirus

(7/13) The Oakley Mouth Shield -- a product designed by Oakley in collaboration with doctors and engineers from the NFL and NFL Players Association...

UPDATE: AHSAA to return to play with no delay

(7/21) The Alabama High School Athletic Association central board approved a “best practices” Return to Play plan to return to fall sports as scheduled....

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