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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...

Insistence on Consistency

Calling Them the Same Is the Elusive Goal Be consistent. If you’ve officiated for any length of time, you’ve likely heard that comment on numerous occasions. It...

Understanding Assigners

I’ve never known an official who was completely satisfied with game assignments. Most think highly of their capabilities and believe they deserve the big...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Think A-Head

Athletes in many sports that involve contact, either against opponents, teammates or with the ground/floor, are susceptible to concussions, a brain injury that interferes...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Your Chance to Shine

How do officials make it to the top of their respective sport? What characteristics are necessary to achieve that goal? For years, both as...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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