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  • 8/9/2017


    Please print the WOA Study Guide prior to taking the test. You can use the study guide to track the questions on your test, as well as track the question number.

    If you forget to use the study guide, you can view your responses by accessing the test control panel.

  • 11/23/2016

    There are many activities that are always part of sports contests regardless of the type of sport, the equipment used, or in what venue the game occurs. One of these activities is the traditional initial meeting between the coach and the head official. The nature of the encounter can go a long way in creating a positive relationship that lasts throughout an entire season. When handled well, coaches will feel a sense of trust for the officiating crew. When handled poorly, a long game can become much longer, and a tough call can be tougher to defend.

  • 9/8/2016

    Please click here to view the notes from Patrick Miles presentation at the 2016 WOA Conference.

  • 8/15/2016

    In the sports officiating world, where you are usually working with more than one person, developing trust with partners is a continual process. Each successive higher level affording an easier transition, which should result in it being easier and quicker to earn and build trust. Understanding how to earn trust and how to learn to trust fellow officials is a challenge for an official on the rise.

  • 12/12/2015

    There are a lot of things I know now that I wish I had known when I started officiating. One area involves my relations with players and coaches. Back then (early ‘70s), I was often too confrontational and took too much of a hard-nosed approach in dealing with them. I had swallowed the Kool-Aid that one got at professional baseball umpiring schools, one of which I attended in 1973. Players and coaches were called “rats” and were seen as the enemy, and I carries that over to football officiating. It was my way or the highway, as I wasn’t above letting people know, maybe from the middle of the football field and at the top decibel level. Add to that a stern look (some would say mad) and it’s a wonder I wasn’t involved in a war on a regular basis.

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