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Be the Referee: Field Goals

Be the Referee: Field Goals
Thursday, September 25, 2014
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains a rule unique to high school football – what results at our level after a missed field goal attempt.
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Be the Referee: Tackle Box

Be the Referee: Tackle Box
Thursday, September 18, 2014
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl discusses the differences between high school and college/NFL rules when it comes to a quarterback's movements within and outside the "tackle box."
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Membership Mentality

Membership Mentality
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The most fundamental strategy for recruiting and retaining officials is consistent, ceaseless efforts to improve officials’ working environment. 
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Be the Referee: Pass Interference

Be the Referee: Pass Interference
Thursday, September 11, 2014
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains one of the toughest calls to make on the football field.
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Payne Game Recalls Official's Legacy

Payne Game Recalls Official's Legacy
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
At 4:30 p.m. before the first game of this high school football season, a small group of mid-Michigan officials met at Lansing’s Mount Hope Cemetery. As has become their tradition, they paid respects to a friend gone too soon, told a few stories, then worked the ...
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Be the Referee: Concussion Protocol

Be the Referee: Concussion Protocol
Thursday, September 4, 2014
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains the football official's role in making school personnel aware that an athlete may have sustained a concussion. 
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Fruit Belt 'Interacts' to Recruit Officials

Fruit Belt 'Interacts' to Recruit Officials
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The MHSAA always is seeking creative ideas for recruiting some of the most important people in high school athletics – officials to preside over the games.  The Fruit Belt Officials Association once again hosted an interactive recruitment booth at ...
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Counting On Officials

Counting On Officials
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
It is sometimes the most maligned who do the most good; and that might be said of high school sports officials.
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Be the Referee: Football Targeting

Be the Referee: Football Targeting
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The MHSAA's new "Be the Referee" series kicks off the 2014-15 football season by explaining targeting fouls.  
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See the Whole Play

See the Whole Play
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
“To make the right call we have to avoid narrow focus and be aware of all details.”
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Online & On-Demand, Video 24/7

Online & On-Demand, Video 24/7
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Online and on-demand video of school sports has never been more accessible for those involved.  The technology is a boon for coaches, students, fans and officials when used for all the right reasons. 
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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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