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Want to get better?

How good an official do you want to be? How much do you want to improve? Good officials, no matter their level of experience...

For Warned

Warnings come in a variety of forms. There’s “the look,” “the stop sign” and “the quiet word,” to name a few. Each can be...

Pace Commander

How to set and maintain a good pace to a game is not often discussed at camps and association meetings. But if players are...

Fair Ball

Coaches have all sorts of creative ways to question the ethics and integrity of officials. During the pregame meeting, they are often curious about...

Principles With Interest

O fficiating has been in my blood since I was a scholastic wrestler during the mid-1960s. Throughout the decades, I gradually began to understand the...

No Dead Ends

When the late Jerry Seeman was NFL director of officials, he developed his 10 Commandments for Officiating. Ninth on his list was: Thou shalt...

Letter Perfect

M nemonics are devices intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula. A popular example, HOMES, is an acronym to help recall the...

Pleasure Crews

"Perception is reality.” When it comes to officiating team sports, that’s often the absolute truth. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re officiating, crew cohesion...

Brand New Ballgames

How will you feel when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and the games resume? Ecstatic? Relieved? Anxious? How about prepared? We will be experiencing a new...

Not-So-Secret Agent

At a referee development camp I attended, the camp director began with a single question: “Who is your agent?” After a period of silence that...

What’s Your Angle?

Esse Baharmast had the key angle to make the right call. During the 1998 World Cup, Baharmast, NASO’s 2011 Gold Whistle Award recipient, awarded a...

Don’t Fan The Flames

Between the lines, sports officials have every right and can take immediate action to eject a player or coach from a game for unruly...

Tip Top

In the 44 years Referee has been in existence, tens of thousands of words have been devoted to helping officials improve their performance. Our...

No Argument About It

Not all arguments with coaches end perfectly. The goal of all officials is to resolve volatile conflict quickly and to an extent that allows...

‘Big Time’ Attitude Is for Small People

By Jeffrey Stern Virtually every local association or chapter has at least one official who has “made it big,” the member who has worked a...

Your Attention Please

T here are many things that might disrupt an official’s concentration during a game. They might be internal or external and could happen during...

Forgive, But Don’t Forget

We’ve all had one. Or two. Or 102. That moment when stark reality hits and you realize you have just kicked the ever-living daylights...

Help Yourself

I stumbled upon a couple of clips of MLB games and got a chuckle out of how the announcers reacted to two situations. It’s...

Career Suicide Can Be a Killer

Officiating is unlike many endeavors in that hard work, diligent study and the right temperament are not guarantees to success. Conversely, there are several...

Best Selller

The score is tied in the championship basketball game with less than a minute remaining. The fans in the packed arena are on their...

Arrive And Shine

How you enter the arena, stadium, field or other facility says a lot about you. Do you casually stroll in? Are you laughing, confident,...

Slay the Drag-on

One of the great debates in sports these days is how long it takes to play the games. Television has been a great boon...

Touch and Go

According to the website deepenglish.com, the handshake dates back to knights in Medieval Europe. Mistrustful fellows, they would shake the hand of those they...

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