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Teaching Lessons in Blow-Ups

Many of you have heard or read about and have an opinion on the Serena Williams outburst during the U.S. Open tennis tournament recently....

7 Elements of Your Officiating Anatomy

The human anatomy is an intricate structure consisting of 11 systems and containing more than 37 trillion cells. Officiating requires the use of many...

Spirit and Intent Influence Interpretation

When considering the rules, spirit and intent influence interpretation. It would be easier if every rule was black and white. No wiggle room. We...

Pre-Pitch Checklist For Improved Focus

Over the years, I found that the best way to stay focused and lessen the chance of a screw-up is to go through a...

Poor Signals Lose Time

By Gerry Grunska Recently I witnessed a victory that was essentially accomplished through timing errors by the officials. The process went like this. Time was running out for team...

New York’s Rucker League: Where Basketball Officials Hone Their Craft

Basketball players at every level use the summer months to improve their skills on the court. They often do so by playing in as...

Anticipation Takes Hesitation Out of the Equation

Many times only the offense knows what will happen after the snap. Communication from the sidelines or a brilliant idea from a player on...

Use Fundamentals When Changing Field Size

We’ve all been there. It’s your night off. You’re settling into your seat to watch your kids or your friend’s kids play a game...

10 Tips to Move Up the College Baseball Ranks

An umpire buddy was planning a presentation to a high school umpires association on how to advance to the college level and asked me...

Make Amends to Regain Game Control

If you have been an official for any length of time, you have had a game or more “get away from you.” Whether it...

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