2023-24 High School Basketball Rules Changes

Beginning next year, high school basketball teams will shoot two free throws for common fouls when in the “bonus.”

MHSAA: Big Rapids Area Umpire Jeff Greene Enjoying 50th Year Behind the Plate

A good job for a college student, but also still suits Greene just fine at age 78. In year 50 behind the plate, Greene...

Efforts intensify to recruit referees and umpires for Maine youth sports

Clinics are popping up across the state for new officials – ranging in age from teenagers to retirees – in multiple sports.

East Texas sees umpire shortage amid high school baseball, softball playoffs

As the softball and baseball playoffs continue, high school officials are getting creative to make sure each game has umpires.
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CBS: Umpires under attack at youth baseball games

The code of conduct appears to be outdated these days at youth baseball games nationwide.

Mountain West Names Mike Defee Coordinator of Football Officials

Defee will bring 19 years of on-field collegiate experience to the coordinator position.

Atlantic Cape baseball coach resigns after illegal communications devices found in helmets

Games and individuals shall not be videotaped from the team’s dugout. Any information shall not be transmitted to the playing field or to team...

During a college tennis match the absence of referees can be a problem

In most college tennis, players must serve as their own referees during a match. It is hard to think of reasons why this has...
Softball – The Stuff Nobody Told You

NFHS Launches Free National Book Study for Small Group Facilitation

Registration is now open for small group facilitation of a four-to-eight-week national book study discussing DEI topics by the NFHS.

Former AD used to calling shots on, off softball diamond

Sally Walker has just about seen it all when it comes to umpiring softball. “I think they’ve done a great job,” Walker said.

Angst increasing over college football clock stoppage rule creating inequity across NCAA divisions

A rule change allowing the clock to run following 1st downs - outside of the last 2 minutes - was approved for D-I and...

‘More than a job’: Long-time C.O. HS sports officials preach benefits

The lack of officials has changed game dates, times and locations, which can put a strain on the schools, the players and their families.
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A young Michael VanderVelde grew up following his father around the football fields and basketball courts of the Grand Rapids area.

Assaulting referees could become a felony in Hawaii

Out-of-control sports fans could be guilty of second-degree felony assault under a bill that the Legislature sent to Gov. Josh Green.

Leafs fans reportedly threatened referee Wes McCauley and family in Lightning series

McCauley and his family dealt with online threats during the night of the Maple Leafs’ Game 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Premier League VAR audio will be made public for first time next week

Howard Webb is set to appear on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football for Liverpool's visit of Leicester City.
Softball – DP/FLex

Finding her path: NFL referee Maia Chaka speaks in Niagara Falls

Maia Chaka was in Niagara Falls talking about life and sports. She is the first Black woman hired by the NFL as an official.

Confidence is key: Nic Barbosa referee highly recommends the job

Not only does Nic Barbosa appreciate the life skills refereeing teaches, he loves this ‘hockey town’.

‘It’s sad to say’: Referee reflects amidst new NYSPHSAA policy

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association recently approved a new “three strikes and you’re out” policy.

Mark Zuckerberg spars with referee at Brazilian jiujitsu tournament

Video footage of the match in Redwood City, Calif. shows the 38-year-old Facebook billionaire attempting to pin his competitor.
Baseball – Mechanics Illustrated

Tennessee high school football referee sues coach

A referee is suing a high school football coach for “clotheslining” him. The referee said he was hospitalized for four days after the incident.

ABC 10 News: Little League umpire Dave Miller

Dave Miller was selected from a pool of 4,000 umpires to join a crew of 16 at the Little League World Series in Williamsport,...

Woman continues to umpire despite battling ALS

A long-time umpire, who despite a terminal illness diagnosis, doesn't plan on hanging up her gear anytime soon.

Soccer referees in south Sydney to wear body cameras after alleged assault at match

In a board directive, the BDAFA said the decision to wear the cameras at Men's Premier League games was in direct response to an...

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