Midwest Umpire Classic raffle fundraising event set for Sunday

(4/30) Decatur baseball umpires Antwane McClelland and Early West organized the Midwest Umpire Classic youth baseball tournament last fall that gave young athletes something...

Ben Goodwin among contingent of referees to step onto the national stage

(4/30) On Saturday, he reached a new professional pinnacle, when he served as a line judge at the NCAA Division I volleyball championship match...

High Schools to Stage Basketball, Volleyball Outdoors

(4/30) Most schools in the San Jose (Calif.) Unified School District have either found a way to provide COVID-19 testing to offer indoor sports,...

Nationwide Referee Shortage

(4/30) “The average age of all sports officials is in their 50s.” said Siegle. “We had a bunch of older referees that were kind...
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NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group updates guidance for testing of fully vaccinated individuals

(4/29) The NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group has updated its recommendations for COVID-19 testing for college sports, noting fully vaccinated student-athletes and other Tier...

High school baseball faces an umpire shortage

(4/29) As high school baseball gets into the swing of things, the latest bump in the road on the return to normal for high...

Rhonda Kirk to be inducted into Alabama Sports Officials Foundation hall of fame

(4/28) Eleven seasons after calling that contest, Kirk received some huge news Monday night of being inducted into the Alabama Sports Officials Foundation hall...

OFFICIATING NATIONALS AN HONOR FOR DANNY SCHLEICHERT

(4/28) Danny Schleichert (Columbus, Ohio) was one of those officials who received a call that he would be officiating Ice Hockey Nationals for the...
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Sports organizations see umpire shortage for baseball, softball seasons

(4/28) "When you have more games than there are umpires, we end up tending to have to lean on our parents and assistant coaches...

More Officials, Better Fan Behavior Needed in High School Sports

(4/28) Unfortunately, there is an ever-increasing issue that could put a kink in the return-to-play plans across the country – a shortage of officials,...

‘We need help’: Umpire shortage is causing high school programs to cancel games

(4/28) It is not an isolated incident. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened an already declining number of qualified umpires. There are more than 1,400...

Pandemic-related shortage has schools scrambling to find contest officials

(4/28) As the COVID-19 pandemic has led to some high school athletes and coaches having to spend parts of their seasons in quarantine, another...
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Missouri bill aims to protect referees from harassment, threats

(4/27) Missouri House Bill 78 would make it an offense to harass a school or recreational athletic official. Under the bill, the term harassment...

Pac-12 considers splitting commissioner position into two roles as a new candidate emerges

(4/27) Struggling to find commissioner candidates who fit their competing priorities, the Pac-12 presidents are considering a governance structure unprecedented in college athletics by...

Iowa’s little league teams face umpire shortage

(4/27) Iowa baseball and softball teams are struggling to play ball due to a shortage of umpires. Central Iowa Sports said available umpires are...

The NBA’s five full-time women referees are changing the game, but this is just...

(4/27) And to the people who run the NBA's officiating program, efforts in recent years to open recruiting pathways and increase diversity are far...
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KHSAA officials worried about lack of umpires, referees

(4/26) A problem has been surfacing for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association where there are a lack of umpires and referees to go...

NBA dealing with referee shortage due to COVID-related issues

(4/26) Nine NBA referees are currently unavailable for games due to COVID-related issues, and a 10th official is sidelined due to an injury. That's...

MLB umpires Jim Reynolds, Dan Iassogna raise their voices for making Connecticut safer for...

(4/26) For many years, Jim Reynolds and Dan Iassogna have been able to do the job they love, calling balls, strikes and outs while...

Former player Jordan Samuels-Thomas takes official route toward NHL

(4/25) He was about halfway on the road Tucson when Jordan Samuels-Thomas answered the phone, and maybe halfway — a little more, a little...
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NHL: YOU MAKE THE CALL!

(4/23) Think you have what it takes to be an NHL official? Let's put your knowledge of the NHL Official Rules to the test!...

Panel approves changes to overtime rules in NCAA football

(4/22) The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Thursday approved a change to overtime rules for the 2021 football season. Teams will be required...

Central Texas umpire calls one last inning after 56-year career

(4/22) A Central Texas umpire is retiring after a long career. John Manuel Leos started umpiring at 18 and is 74 years-old. His career...

Chicago area sees shortage of baseball, softball umpires due to pandemic

(4/22) A shortage of baseball and softball umpires is plaguing sports leagues across the Chicago area right now. It’s being caused by the pandemic,...

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