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Team Works

Most people think two teams are required for an athletic competition. Officials know better. It takes three — the teams scheduled to take the...

Type Casting

To be a top official you must understand coaches, their goals, their methods and their tactics. Coaches’ personalities range from timid to terrible, from...

Sure Thing

Officiating is all about making decisions. That’s arguably the one and only reason they give us a paycheck. Sometimes, in the process of decision-making,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Say When

In most sports, teams are allotted a specific number of timeouts so coaches may confer with players. Although timeouts may also be used in...

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...

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...

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...

Crew Glue

When any game assignment arrives, all sorts of questions usually race through an official’s mind. First, who’s playing? Great teams? A rivalry game? If...

Zeroed In

One of the biggest challenges in officiating is how to be completely locked in mentally for the entire game. It is of upmost importance...

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,...

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...

Everybody’s Talkin’

Pregame conferences during the pandemic were often short or non-existent. Many schools asked us to come dressed and masked and arrive at the game...

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...

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...

Collision Course

So you think baseball is not a contact sport? Look at the photo that accompanies this article, captured during the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division...

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...

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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