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Be the Referee: Free Throw Change

Be the Referee: Free Throw Change
Thursday, January 12, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl discusses one of the most significant rules changes of this winter season, regarding basketball free throws.
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Be the Referee: Ratings

Be the Referee: Ratings
Thursday, January 5, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains how Michigan's high school officials are evaluated for their game performance.
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Northern MI Officials Honor 'Pioneer'

Northern MI Officials Honor 'Pioneer'
Friday, December 30, 2016
Barb Beckett was in a familiar spot – center circle at the Traverse City St. Francis gymnasium – for a boys varsity basketball game.  The longtime Michigan High School Athletic Association referee was not tossing up another ball to start the Dec. 17 c...
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Be the Referee: Video Replay - Part 2

Be the Referee: Video Replay - Part 2
Thursday, December 22, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains some of the main obstacles standing in the way of increased use of replay at the high school level.
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Why They Don’t Officiate Anymore

Why They Don’t Officiate Anymore
Friday, December 16, 2016
Many recent MHSAA policy changes and most MHSAA in-service training have focused directly on assigners, and this survey confirms that this must continue and expand.
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Be the Referee: Video Review - Part 1

Be the Referee: Video Review - Part 1
Thursday, December 15, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains the rare circumstances when video review can be used at the high school level.
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Be the Referee: Registration - Part 2

Be the Referee: Registration - Part 2
Thursday, December 8, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl builds on last week's explanation on becoming a registered high school official with the next step: connecting with a local officials association to learn how to enforce the rules of the game.
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Be the Referee: Registration - Part 1

Be the Referee: Registration - Part 1
Thursday, December 1, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl begins explaining the process for becoming a registered high school official.
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Be the Referee: YMTC - Sleeper Play

Be the Referee: YMTC - Sleeper Play
Thursday, November 24, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains why the "Sleeper Play" is an illegal one in high school football.
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Be the Referee: Automatic 1st Downs

Be the Referee: Automatic 1st Downs
Thursday, November 17, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl discusses the differences in how automatic 1st downs are awarded at the high school level versus in the college and pro football games.
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Be the Referee: Uncatchable Pass

Be the Referee: Uncatchable Pass
Thursday, November 10, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains how the "uncatchable pass" is not a consideration when it comes to high school football interference penalties.
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Be the Referee: The Goal Line

Be the Referee: The Goal Line
Thursday, November 3, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl discusses how rules regarding the football goal line are at times the same and differ from those at other levels of the sport.
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Officiating’s High Calling

Officiating’s High Calling
Friday, October 28, 2016
At a time when the number of registered officials with the MHSAA has sunk to a 30-year low, Barry’s words are a clarion call ... to consider sports officiating ...
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Be the Referee: Help Us Retain Officials

Be the Referee: Help Us Retain Officials
Thursday, October 27, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains how we as fans, coaches and athletes can help keep officials in our games.
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Be the Referee: Point After Touchdown

Be the Referee: Point After Touchdown
Thursday, October 20, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains how high school rules differ from those used by colleges when it comes to what's allowed after extra-point tries.
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Be the Referee: Untimed Down

Be the Referee: Untimed Down
Thursday, October 13, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl discusses untimed downs in football, a hot topic given a scenario involving one of our in-state universities earlier this season.
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Be the Referee: Penalty Kick Change

Be the Referee: Penalty Kick Change
Thursday, October 6, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains how soccer penalty kick rules have been changed this year to dissuade players from hesitating before taking the kick.
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Be the Referee: Preparation for Officials

Be the Referee: Preparation for Officials
Thursday, September 29, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains how officials also prepare to be at their best for Friday night's big game. 
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Be the Referee: Returning Kickoffs

Be the Referee: Returning Kickoffs
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Every football game starts with a kickoff, and our "You Make The Call" series will start with the same play for 2016.
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Be the Referee: Concussions

Be the Referee: Concussions
Thursday, September 15, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl discusses the official's role when an athlete experiences a possible concussion.
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