Taking Care Of Business

Covering legal issues, insurance concerns, and best practices related to taxes, reports and paperwork.

Taking Care Of Business

Taking Care Of Business
Covering legal issues, insurance concerns, and best practices related to taxes, reports and paperwork.

What to Do If You’re Attacked

Assaults against sports officials are drawing unprecedented attention. Many states have passed legislation designed specifically to protect sports officials from being attacked. More and...

How to Write an Officiating Resumé

Nine times out of 10, a bad resumé will land in the “circular file” before the first half is read. Some bad resumés are just...

A Guide to Defending Your Officials

Every season association officers get letters, letters and more letters that may lead you to defending your officials. “How could we have 10 fouls and...

Don’t Officiate an “Unofficial” Game

Games can be over before they begin. Some officials fall into the trap of officiating the extra inning after a run rule, or starting...

7 Things You Must Know About Game Contracts

By Alan Goldberger Game contracts are a part of officiating. Every officiating assignment — at every level — represents a contract or part of a...

You’re Your Own Agent

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

For the Fourth Time, That’s Enough!

Warnings — Give ‘em “the look,” “the stop sign,” the quiet word, the louder word, it doesn’t matter if you never take care of...

Special Circumstances That Go Beyond Any Rulebook

If you work long enough most officials will find themselves in the middle of special circumstances that go beyond any rulebook. It’s a cold December evening but the gym...

Your Words Have Ramifications

your words have ramifications.  In England, a soccer referee was reportedly forced to quit the Premier League after he allegedly mocked a disabled man...

Step Up When a Player Goes Down

There’s a scramble for a loose ball. Before the ball is secured, the referee hears a scream. One of the players is lying on the court and...

Assigners Can Fire You

The officiating world has no objective meter, like win-loss record, to help determine who keeps their job and who gets fired. It often takes an assigner making judgment calls...

Tort Liability for Game Officials

Protecting the safety of players is a substantial responsibility of officials. We are charged with enforcing the rules and many of those rules are...

Can Player Ejections Be Overturned by a Court?

All state high school athletic associations impose postgame disciplinary actions on student-athletes and coaches who are ejected from a contest by reason of unsporting...

Write Incident Reports Right

It is one of the most distasteful duties any official is required to perform: the post-ejection or incident report that must be filed by...

Enforcing vs. Interpreting the Rules

Today’s high school sports officials are often caught between the “rock” of enforcing rules strictly and the “hard place” of interpreting the rules sensibly,...

Accepting Assignments: Dos and Don’ts

Games! We all want as many as we can possibly handle, but when it comes to accepting assignments, you can't just say yes without...

Keep Expenses Simple or Be Sorry

"KISS” is an acronym for the design principle, Keep It Simple, Stupid! When talking about your officiating taxes, it should be "Keep Expenses Simple." The KISS principle...

When Your Partner Doesn’t Show

Every time you take the floor or field as an official, drive a car, or even try to help someone put their bag in...

Don’t Even Let the Fight Start

When an official asks, ”What should I do if a fight breaks out?” I’m forever tempted to answer, “Dude, don’t let it happen again.”...

Should You Sign A Post-Injury Waiver?

Consider this situation: There was a serious player injury that occurred during a game you officiated. An ambulance had to transport the player to the hospital for...

Essentials of Game Security

Sadly, personal safety is a concern for officials today. What’s being done to ensure game security and our welfare? John Locke, the 17th century English philosopher and physician said, “All mankind...

Safety and Warmups When a Team Arrives Late

As a sports official, you’ve been there. You’ve fought the traffic to show up to a field on a cold, rainy day, in plenty...

Take a Peek Inside An Assigner’s Notebook

W hile I have officiated since 1975, I have also served for 22 years as a high school softball assigner and 14 years as an...

Seek Knowledge and Ye Shall Find

You’re a young, aspiring official who is eager to seek knowledge anywhere you can about the rules, mechanics and philosophies applicable in your sport....

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