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Soccer
Three P's — Part III
By Craig Bohnert
November 2nd, 2013

The final part in the series by Craig Bohnert covers positioning, which he claims is "fairly obvious." Maybe to you, the experienced official, but in virtually all sports, being out of position usually kills the "sell of the call" because everyone knows you can't make a correct call if you can't see it.

Craig elaborates on some of this in Part III of "Three P's."

Soccer
Three P's — Part III
By Craig Bohnert
November 2nd, 2013

The final part in the series by Craig Bohnert covers positioning, which he claims is "fairly obvious." Maybe to you, the experienced official, but in virtually all sports, being out of position usually kills the "sell of the call" because everyone knows you can't make a correct call if you can't see it.

Craig elaborates on some of this in Part III of "Three P's."

Basketball
Forcus: Jump Ball — Part I
One bad toss can ruin your whole night
By Ray Cox
June 28th, 2013

A bad toss can make for a very long game. But even the cloudiest game can have a silver lining – if you learn from it.

In Part I, Ray Cox tells a woeful tale of a jump ball gone awry and the lessons he learned from it.

Several parts later, you'll know all there is to know about the toss. And to think: Back when the game started, they tossed the ball at center court after every basket.

Basketball
Don't Give in to a Player's Frustration
By Jim Dixon
June 27th, 2013

Sometimes — no, always — we can learn from the adverse things that happen to us. How about dealing with player frustration? We're in the midst of the first round of the NBA play-offs. I want to go back to Game 4 of the Bucks vs. Sixers 2001 play-off series, when Glenn Robinson got himself tossed and had a few choice words about the combined officiating during the series. Let's see about this: "Can't figure out why he isn't getting any calls." Hm-m-m-m.
Baseball
Get Serious!
By Roland Wiederaenders
June 27th, 2013

An umpire's understanding of the game advances in fits and starts. It's the experience of working the games, of living through the plays, the calls made judging the outcome of the plays, and the reactions of coaches/players/fans to the judgment calls. This is the well-fertilized ground in which an umpire grows.

No umpire was ever born. He didn't pop out fully formed. No umpire was ready for the big leagues the day after he started in the little leagues. It's commonly called "serving your time and paying your dues." It's the process every umpire endures on his way from the first game he calls to the last game he ever works.

Along the way, he will use different rules and better mechanics. That's a good thing. On the other hand, certain rules and mechanics can bedevil an umpire's development. His progress can hit stumbling blocks.

This article starts with one of the stumbling blocks Jim Evans conquered, 6.06c. Then with a couple of observed examples, I'll suggest that the 6.06c Approved Ruling could get better.

Play ball....

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