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A Leading Official

A Leading Official
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
For more than a decade, Mark Uyl has been the MHSAA’s leader of service and support to officials.
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Officials Registration Open

Officials Registration Open
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Michigan High School Athletic Association is accepting registrations by mail and online for game officials for the 2014-15 school year and hopes to continue building on a program started in 2012 and aimed at recruiting new officials from high schools’ current ...
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Official Feedback

Official Feedback
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
We receive much unsolicited comment about the performances of officials and the conduct of spectators. 
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Norris Winner Jewell an Officiating Gem

Norris Winner Jewell an Officiating Gem
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
When Hugh Jewell looks at the list of past Vern L. Norris Award winners, his eyes are drawn to 1992 honoree Ted Wilson of East Detroit and Redford’s Bob Williams, who earned the MHSAA officials accolade in 2011. Both rank highly among those who have mentored Jewel...
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Official Treatment

Official Treatment
Friday, March 7, 2014
The human factor of sports is now subject to inhuman expectations. In an enterprise that strives for fairness, it appears that it’s the official who is being treated least fairly.
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Taking a Healthy Approach to Sports

Taking a Healthy Approach to Sports
Friday, November 8, 2013
The MHSAA is imploring everyone involved in educational athletics to go back to school in 2013-14 with a four-year mission in mind: “Four Thrusts for Four Years.” The goal is to attain and maintain advanced degrees in sports safety, positioning Michigan sch...
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Timeout to Appreciate Officials

Timeout to Appreciate Officials
Monday, September 23, 2013
"At that moment it became very clear to me that what we see during a game may be clouded because we want our team to gain every advantage and every call in order for them to be successful. Perception is not reality. Officials are human. They will make mistakes just like...
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The Sports Officiating Challenge

The Sports Officiating Challenge
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
All this comes at a challenging time for our officiating program which is most dramatically demonstrated by this fact: the number of MHSAA registered officials has declined by 1,895 - 17.5 percent – over the past four years!
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'Officiate Michigan Day' Welcomes 1,200

'Officiate Michigan Day' Welcomes 1,200
Saturday, July 27, 2013
April Martin aspires to move up the college basketball officiating ladder. Receiving an NCAA Tournament assignment someday is a dream. So she spent the first half of Saturday's "Officiate Michigan Day" at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids receiving tips and learning what ...
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'Officiate Michigan Day’ to Draw 1,100

'Officiate Michigan Day’ to Draw 1,100
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
More than 1,100 Michigan High School Athletic Association officials are scheduled to attend “Officiate Michigan Day” on Saturday, July 27, at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, where they will receive training from 40 of the best in the offic...
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MHSAA Officials Registration Open

MHSAA Officials Registration Open
Monday, June 17, 2013
The Michigan High School Athletic Association is accepting registrations by mail and online for game officials for the 2013-14 school year and hopes to build on a program started last year and aimed at recruiting new officials from high schools’ current graduating...
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Always Aiming to Provide a 'Fair Start'

Always Aiming to Provide a 'Fair Start'
Thursday, June 6, 2013
To be honest, Tom Truscott has never paid much attention to finishes during 42 years as an MHSAA track and field and cross country official who has launched a few generations of athletes in the classroom, on various playing fields and as one of the best-recognized race ...
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“Who Needs This?”

“Who Needs This?”
Friday, May 24, 2013
What is at work here now are two newer forces that frustrate efforts to maintain a pool of officials that is adequate to handle all the contests . . .
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Minter's Contributions Worth a Mint

Minter's Contributions Worth a Mint
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Tom Minter admits his wife Linda knows the spiel well. She's been hearing it spun for years.  The recently-retired MHSAA assistant director might be chatting up a recent grad at his or her high school open house, or talking with a former athlete whose playing days...
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Trail-Blazing Beckett Leads On

Trail-Blazing Beckett Leads On
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Barbara Beckett had an idea this was going to be big.  But until she arrived in East Lansing for the 1995 MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals, she had no idea how major a deal her next assignment would be.
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Right Where She’s Always Been

Right Where She’s Always Been
Thursday, January 3, 2013
It was between seasons for WNBA player Stacey Thomas.  She sat in her Northwestern University basketball office, where she worked as the Wildcats' director of basketball operations, and listened to a message that she’d heard somewhere before.
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Garofalo: On-Ice Teacher and Recruiter

Garofalo: On-Ice Teacher and Recruiter
Friday, December 28, 2012
A 25-year registered MHSAA official who at one time juggled rules books for eight different hockey leagues and has worked four World Championships in addition to the Olympics, Jim Garofalo now works only high school hockey.
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Launching Pad and Destination

Launching Pad and Destination
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Lamont Simpson’s “home” is a place he visits twice a week during his peak season, when NCAA Division I officiating duties have him navigating the Midwest like a person in a race for frequent flyer miles. So, naturally, there’s Simpson officiatin...
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The Right Stuff at the Right Time

The Right Stuff at the Right Time
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Every now and then, an MHSAA Final delivers the cliche’ finish of everyone's dreams: close game, final seconds, trophy on the line, someone’s gotta win, someone’s gotta lose. For the three teams out there, it’s as exciting as it gets. Yes, ...
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90 Years of Making the Right Calls

90 Years of Making the Right Calls
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Beryl Hager read something about officiating recently that struck him. People will never forget a bad call, and they’ll never remember a good one. “That’s the way it is,” the longtime official from Marlette said. “Realistically, everyone ma...
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