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.

Rules Test Tips for Takers and Givers

There are those who argue that a rules test is not the most reliable method of determining an official’s rules knowledge. How much stock you place in...

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...

What is an Oral Contract?

The difference between an oral contract and a written contract is obviously the writing. A contract is simply an offer accepted by another party with the parties exchanging something...

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...

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...

Electronic Payments: Whys and Wherefores

If you have officiated long enough you have seen payment methods go from cash to direct deposit into your bank account or debit card....

Get Yourself an Injury Witness

It happens. A player has an injury in a game you’ve just officiated. You managed the players and the crowd. The trainers handled the...

Good Reports Earn You Respect

It’s a good idea to send misconduct reports — sometimes referred to as incident reports — to proper authorities, even if it’s not required....

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...

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...

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...

Weather Woes

An important concept in officiating is learning to control the things that you can control. We can control the amount of time that we...

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...
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What Do You Have to Hide?

Knock, knock. “Hello, Mr. Smith. We’re with the state association. We’re conducting a little check of all our registered officials. You don’t mind if...

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