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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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Be the Referee: Covering Knees

Be the Referee: Covering Knees
Thursday, September 8, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains the increased focus on making sure knee padding is worn correctly in football.
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Be the Referee: Play Clock Experiment

Be the Referee: Play Clock Experiment
Thursday, September 1, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains the 40-second game clock Michigan football schools are allowed to try this fall.
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Be the Referee: Clipping Clipped

Be the Referee: Clipping Clipped
Thursday, August 25, 2016
MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl opens a new year of “Be the Referee” by explaining the latest rules change affecting blocking in football.
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In Memoriam: Haack, Locke, Newton

In Memoriam: Haack, Locke, Newton
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
From time to time, we receive news of the passing of people who have played major roles in the near-century history of MHSAA athletics. Click to find out more about a few who left us this summer but made major contributions.
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2016-17 Officials Registration Underway

2016-17 Officials Registration Underway
Monday, June 27, 2016
The Michigan High School Athletic Association is accepting registrations by mail and online for game officials for the 2016-17 school year.
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Registration for 2016-17 Underway

Registration for 2016-17 Underway
Thursday, June 16, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains how registration works for MHSAA officials and the benefits of signing up.
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Lentz Learned from 'Legacy,' Builds Own

Lentz Learned from 'Legacy,' Builds Own
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Umpire Nic Lentz stepped onto the field April 20 at Marlins Park prior to Miami’s game against the Washington Nationals, and he was met by moments he’ll remember the rest of his life. The game was his first at the Major League Baseball level for the Howell ...
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