Using Imagery to Improve Your Officiating

Using Imagery to Improve Your Officiating

Even if you’re not actually officiating game, you have probably relived a particularly great call or imagined yourself in the shoes of a referee you admire. Our brains allow us to imagine vivid experiences in our heads. Luckily for referees, your imagination can be...
How to Overcome Anxiety Before the Game

How to Overcome Anxiety Before the Game

It doesn’t matter if you’re refereeing the World Series or making the calls at an intramural softball game, the truth is referees are under a great deal of pressure to perform well. Making calls during games is already a stressful job, but when you’re balancing your...
Why Are People Attracted to Sports Officiating?

Why Are People Attracted to Sports Officiating?

Psychological “soft skills” are just as important to referees as athleticism and knowledge of the rules. Not only do you need to understand other people, but you also need to be self-driven and committed to the game to succeed. In sports officiating, this is easier...
Parents Heckling Referees: Has It Gone Too Far?

Parents Heckling Referees: Has It Gone Too Far?

A sports game should be fun for everyone involved. Whether the whole world is watching a professional superstar or a family is watching their child start in their first game, it all comes down to the thrill of the competition and playing a game you love. When this...