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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With 2021 Around the Corner, All States Expected to be Playing High School Sports

(12/16) We are nearing the halfway point of the most challenging school year in history. While each area of the country has had different...

NFL prepping COVID-19 ref plan for Sunday’s games

(12/29) The NFL is preparing a COVID-19 contingency plan in which it temporarily promotes an official to work as a referee during the full...

TSSAA cuts pay for referees during 2020-2021 basketball season

(1/9) High school basketball referees in Tennessee will be seeing pay cuts this season. The TSSAA worked with basketball supervisors to make the change...

Larry Rodgers shined as referee, umpire

(1/20) Competitive football and baseball games require the deft touch of competent officials to allow the contests to occur in a fair and orderly...
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Sports Citizen of the Year: Hall-of-famer Turner impacting basketball at several levels

(1/30) Vern Turner has had a longtime relationship with basketball. A love that began playing in the parks and streets of Chicago with the...

Referee Mike Dean asks to be withdrawn from Premier League games after he and...

(2/8) Premier League referee Mike Dean and his family have received death threats in the aftermath of a series of high-profile, controversial decisions and...

Referee assaulted during High School basketball game

(2/23) A disturbing incident in an Omaha high school gym involving a player and referee is caught on camera. A 44-year-old referee alleges being...

Parents, stop yelling and just cheer

(4/1) In any sport there will be calls made by the referees that coaches, athletes and parents or spectators may not agree with. While...
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Boy Scouts fundraiser features NFL referee Brad Allen

(3/3) Brad Allen, an NFL referee who also calls a number of high school events on occasion, will be the guest speaker for the...

Referee’s Wembley dream bittersweet without family

(3/13) Carl Boyeson was "in tears" when chosen to oversee Saturday's EFL Trophy final between Portsmouth and Salford City. He said it was an...

Mark Baltz Named 2021 NFLRA Honoree

(3/25) The National Football League Referees Association (NFLRA) announced the selection of Mark Baltz as its 2021 Annual Honoree. The Honoree Award recognizes an...

Little League® International Teams Up with Gerry Davis Sports

(4/13) Gerry Davis Sports, owned by MLB Crew Chief Gerry Davis, has been named the Official Umpire Uniform Provider of the Little League® World...

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