Nationwide referee shortage causes concerns ahead of fall sports leagues starting

FOX 5 spoke to a teenager, who is currently a soccer referee, that says the verbal abuse has become a constant.

SportsLife: Officials shortage impacting youth, high school sports

While youth sports participation grows, the number of people who enforce the rules is declining, for a number of reasons.

Here&Now: Baseball umpires have it rough. So why do they stay?

It's a position that's long drawn criticism from those who don't agree with the calls. But umpires love the job anyway.

MLB Umpires Association addresses home-plate collision rule in statement

The Major League Baseball Umpires Association released a statement Wednesday regarding the criticism around the home-plate collision rule.
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HITC Sevens: Why We’re Running Out Of Referees

From the grassroots game all the way up to the Premier League, Champions League, and the World Cup, football is facing a shortage of...

Tim Lewis follows the bouncing ball to officiating accolades

Tim Lewis has been named Boys Basketball Official of the Year by the Washington Officials Association (WOA).

FIFA referee chief Pierluigi Collina urges World Cup officials to minimize their use of...

FIFA referees supremo Pierluigi Collina has warned World Cup officials to only use technology as the last resort in Qatar later this year.

Fifteen illegal contact flags thrown in Week 1 of NFL preseason

NFL officials threw 15 flags for illegal contact during the first week of the preseason, obviously paying closer attention to those fouls.
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USA Hockey: Officiating Classroom Seminars

Welcome to the USA Hockey Officiating Classroom Seminar page. All USA Hockey Officials must attend a seminar each season to complete their registration.

Lake Placid’s Hero in Stripes

As a former collegiate player and now a longtime men’s lacrosse referee, Jim Loffredo, 50, knows what it feels like to be ‘in the...

Action clock modifications approved in NCAA baseball

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Thursday approved modifications to baseball's 20-second action clock with runners on base for the 2023 season.

Panel approves double first base experimental rule in NCAA softball

NCAA softball games can be played using a double first base on an experimental basis for the 2022-23 academic year.
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Little League® Launches Campaign to Address Adult Behavior in Youth Sports

The launch of these two new PSAs will air during the 340 Little League games broadcast on the ESPN Family of Networks this summer.

GUEST COLUMN: My top 10 great things about being a soccer referee

Why don’t you consider becoming a ref in 2022? It could be one of the best decisions you ever make!

Per the new edict on abuse of officials, a little clarity is needed

The card has been pushed to the point of extreme verbal and physical attacks. A tour of YouTube will show you it's ugly all...

Heady times for Super Cup referee Michael Oliver

There’s a lot of refereeing ahead for Michael Oliver in the second half of 2022.
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Texas referees crack down on ‘excessive verbal’ abuse from fans

Executive Director of the Texas Association of Sports Officials Michael Fitch provides a unique perspective on Texas referees' decision.

Art McNally – It’s official, former referee joins Pro Football Hall of Fame

“He really pulled it all together. He kind of took it from an avocation to a profession and set the stage for everything that...

NCAA hoops leagues grapple with unequal pay for women’s refs

As the NCAA examines various disparities across men’s and women’s sports, pressure is rising to pay referees equally during the regular season.

NFL asks on-field officials to focus on illegal contact fouls during 2022 season

Officials flagged illegal contact an average of 97 times per season between 2002 and 2020, but that number dropped to 36 last season.
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Veteran referee shares passion for officiating, encourages others to get involved

Scott Goodheart of Pratt found a passion for officiating early on, getting his start by refereeing youth basketball while still in high school.

40th Annual Sports Officiating Summit wraps up in Denver this week

The sports officiating industry event of the year gathered officials, leaders and supporters from around the country in Denver, CO.

Emphasis on Sportsmanship in High School Activities Now Extends to Online Behavior

Among those fundamental values of education-based activities that must be discussed is sportsmanship, or good sporting behavior.

Michael Oliver to referee 2022 UEFA Super Cup; Semi-Automated Offside Technology to be introduced

Semi-Automated Offside Technology will premiere at the UEFA Super Cup in Helsinki, and will be used in the upcoming UEFA Champions League season.

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