Craig Damon to be named the 11th Executive Director of the FHSAA

The Florida High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors determined who would become the association’s 11th executive director.

Associated Press Column: Amid increasing abuse, officials flee youth sports

When one looks at the ugly bruise encircling Kristi Moore’s left eye, it’s not surprising so many refs and umps are hanging it up.

NFL’s first female referee shares inspiration with audience

Sarah Thomas spoke at the Town Hall series in Yakima, Wash last week and provided inspiration for the audience.

Referee attacked at youth basketball game says he heard coach tell players ‘we’re going...

Sidney Freeman was refereeing a youth basketball game at a church when he was attacked. Now, he's speaking out.
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NCAA Football Rule Changes

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved football rules changes that will take effect in the 2022 season.

Bad Behavior Drove a Referee Shortage. Covid Made It Worse.

For years, unruly parents have turned youth sporting events into a toxic environment - now an exodus of referees.

Umpire shortage cancels Indiana high school baseball games

High school baseball games are being canceled because of a lack of crews available to officiate the contests.

Leaders at NFHS Officials Consortium Suggest Changes in Attitudes, Behavior

Unacceptable behavior by coaches, parents and other spectators has pushed many officials to the sidelines.
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Women’s Volleyball Officiating Consortium Announced

The Big West, Big Sky, Mountain West, Pac-12 and WCC have formed the first-ever Division I officiating consortium for women’s volleyball.

Umpire returns from tragedy to help declining numbers

A day away from death, one man details the journey from tragedy as he tries to rally the troops or in this case the...

Officially Human, Triple Crown Sports Announce Partnership

Triple Crown Sports and Officially Human are united in their concern about the shortage and treatment of sports officials.

Pitch clock shaving 20 minutes off minor league games while scoring nearly same; stage...

The implementation of a strict pitch clock across Minor League Baseball has shaved 20 minutes off game times.
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Meet 12-Year-Old Referee Dreaming To Officiate World Cup Match

Bello Musa is a 12-year-old referee making a name for himself in the sporting sector in Kano, Nigeria.

Abusive Behavior is Driving Youth Sports Officials Away From the Game

“COVID opened the door that was ajar regarding the officiating shortage with people questioning, ‘Why am I doing this?’”

“It was exhilarating:” Kelly Dine is first woman Big Ten baseball umpire

Ultimately, Dine’s passion led her to her role as a trailblazer when she recently became the first woman to umpire a Big Ten baseball...

NHL Debut for Referee Jordan Samuels-Thomas in Chicago

Referee Jordan Samuels-Thomas will make his NHL debut in stripes tonight when the Chicago Blackhawks host the San Jose Sharks.
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Referee shortage impacting Alabama youth sports leagues

Disrespect from parents and coaches has played a role. Leaders agreed that heckling from spectators has made it difficult to retain officials.

Obituary: Paul Andrew Albright

Paul had a lifelong passion for volleyball refereeing. He was known as one of the top FIVB International Volleyball referees in the world.

CHSAA Commissioner Blanford-Green Inducted in the 2022 Colorado Running Hall of Fame

CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green was inducted into the 2022 class of the Colorado Running Hall of Fame April 12.

After shortened playing career, former Blues prospect Cody Beach reaches NHL as a ref

After years of enforcing hockey's unwritten rules, former St. Louis Blues prospect Cody Beach is now enforcing the written ones as an NHL official.
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NFHS, Other Sports Leaders to Address Officials Shortage at First NFHS Officials Consortium

Leaders from more than 50 sports organizations will descend on Indianapolis April 12-14 to discuss recruitment and retention of officials.

Tom Robinson: A life dedicated to a fair playing field

Beyond his years of professional experience, people sought out Robinson for his counsel, his compassion and quiet positivity.

Dean Blandino returns to XFL as VP of officiating, playing rules innovation

The XFL has rehired Dean Blandino in an expanded role as vice president of officiating and playing rules innovation, the league announced Tuesday.

NBA ANNOUNCES 36 OFFICIALS SELECTED FOR 2022 NBA PLAYOFFS

“This dedicated group has earned the right to represent the NBA in the postseason,” said Byron Spruell, NBA President, League Operations.

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