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Start Your Game on the Right Track

Starting the game on the right track helps everyone get off to a smooth start. Starting on a bad note can set the tone...

Where Was That?

By Jon Bible Last season, I was watching an MLB game and the plate umpire — I forget who it was — was giving the...

Under Control

The referees’ game management style is noticed by all participants, as well as the spectators. The way the referees conduct themselves in those first...

For Football Officials, A Fine Line Between Hustle and Over-Hustle

Moving energetically, sometimes referred to as hustle, not only creates a positive perception, but it can help officials get where they need to be to call the play properly....

Keep Focus Sharp at the Buzzer

Most of us are well aware that bad judgment or lack of focus in the last minute of a game can destroy the other...

Changing a Call

For many years, an umpire changing a call was considered a sign of weakness. The current thinking at all levels of play is that...

3 “When In Doubt” Judgment Guidelines

According to Webster, judgment is the ability to make a decision. An official’s judgment calls will be questioned more often than his or her...

Let’s Meet Up

There are times in a game when officials should get together as a crew. There are times when officials shouldn’t get together. During warmups is...

Michael Stephens: His “Rhode” Through Providence

When you talk to people who know Michael Stephens well, they’ll tell you he learned at the feet of the masters — from big-time Division I college basketball officials...

How to Handle a New Crew Member

If you’re used to working on a crew with the same people from week to week, you know that you can quickly reach a...

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