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  • 8/19/2017

    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.

  • 8/18/2017

    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.

  • 8/25/2015

    The job description or work category that best fits most officials is “independent contractor.” The association with officiating organizations and local boards to which I belong mandate that status so as not to have to become employers. Different federal, state and local regulations come into play that must be followed when dealing with employees. From the college ranks on down to the pee wees, sports officials work as independent contractors or sole proprietors to the officiating organizations they support.

  • 8/17/2015

    Eight minutes remain in the third quarter of a football game. Not a cloud in the sky to save you from the scorching sun. You are starting to think you should have spent more time preparing your body during the offseason.

    Here are five training methods I use to help prepare myself for the upcoming season.

  • 7/26/2015

    Every game – whether it’s a youth contest or an NCAA postseason game – matters to the players. So it’s important we bring our best to every game. Making that a reality is easier said than done, however. Those who strive to excel in officiating are truly professionals. What sets them apart? How do they maintain focus and concentration when the circumstances are pulling them in the opposite direction?

  • 6/18/2015

    If the opportunity to choose with whom you work arose, what attributes would you prefer in your partner? Think about the officiating traits and behavior that you would favor.

  • 5/13/2015

    It’s safe to say that those of us who have been around for a while are doing things differently now than we did when we first got started. Rules are revised, mechanics are altered and new philosophies are introduced. It’s up to us to adapt.

  • 5/13/2015

    Many officiating organizations require that members participate in scrimmages, sometimes for no pay, prior to a season. While many of us can work our sport year round, and therefore there is no time for “rust” to settle on us, scrimmages are still a great opportunity.

  • 4/4/2015

    Bad calls. They keep us awake at night and sometimes come back years later to haunt us in our dreams. There might be a big argument or maybe you're the only one who knows you got it wrong. Doesn't really matter. Our job is to get it right and we hate it when we don't.

  • 4/3/2015

    Punctuate Your Game With Visual Contact
    by Rick Woelfel

    Guidelines for personal and professional etiquette stress the importance of good eye contact.

    It’s no different in officiating. When communicating with partners, players, coaches or administrators, good eye contact is an effective officiating tool, one that can prevent a small issue from becoming a big problem.

  • 4/1/2015

    The Commandments of Communicating With Coaches
    by George Demetriou

    Dealing with coaches is not an exact science; they are as different as anyone else you would encounter in another forum. What works with one coach may not work with another. Over time, the “book” on the coach will be known and will become a guide in dealing with him or her. Meanwhile, there are certain approaches that have a high degree of success and others that are sure to fail. Here are some tips.

  • 1/10/2015

    by Michael Menard

    One night I drove to a rink in Amherst, N.Y., to watch the Empire State Games, an Olympic-style event for amateur high school athletes. The hockey game I watched was standing room only. I found a spot in the back corner and saw one of my role models step on the ice.

    Was it a player? No, it was a referee. I watched him work that game nearly flawlessly. Every call seemed to be perfect, and he acted so confidently even when surrounded by players during controversy. I asked myself how I could do the same thing. Since that day, I looked to him as a role model.

  • 11/3/2014

    Officiating and the Lessons for a Lifetime
    by Doug Day

    As a high school basketball coach, Darryl Deets developed a lot of respect for officials working his games. He even considered becoming an official until he realized it was too much like his day job. “When you are out there making decisions, being independent in exercising your discretion, I thought it was too much like being a judge,” Deets said.

  • 11/3/2014

    An often overlooked bit of pregame business is to identify the game-site supervisor. Often at the high school level that person will be the athletic director. When a fan becomes unruly, officials should let the game manager deal with the problem.

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