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Be The Referee: Catch Momentum

Be The Referee: Catch Momentum
Thursday, October 17, 2019
This week, MHSAA assistant director Brent Rice offers a "You Make the Call" regarding catch momentum after an interception near the goal line.
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Be the Referee: Golf Rules Changes

Be the Referee: Golf Rules Changes
Thursday, October 10, 2019
This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis explains new rules in golf for 2019-2020, including those pertaining to the use of cell phones during play.
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NFHS Voice: Punish Bad Fan Behavior

NFHS Voice: Punish Bad Fan Behavior
Sunday, October 6, 2019
While we would hope that parents and other fans would embrace the concepts of education-based athletics by respecting the efforts of those men and women who officiate high school sports, that unfortunately is not occurring in some cases.
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Be the Referee: No Tackle Box

Be the Referee: No Tackle Box
Thursday, October 3, 2019
This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis explains the difference between high school and college/pro rules in regards to the football tackle box and intentional grounding.
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Be the Referee: You Make the OT Call

Be the Referee: You Make the OT Call
Thursday, September 26, 2019
This week, MHSAA assistant director Brent Rice presents a "You Make the Call" regarding a penalty during football overtime.
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Be the Referee: Swim Finishing Touch

Be the Referee: Swim Finishing Touch
Thursday, September 19, 2019
This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis explains a new rule in swimming that allows for more flexibility when determining when a competitor has finished a race.
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Be the Referee: Curbing Gamesmanship

Be the Referee: Curbing Gamesmanship
Thursday, September 12, 2019
This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis explains a new rule in soccer meant to keep teams in the lead from running time off the clock by making lineup changes.
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The Official View: It's In Our Blood

The Official View: It's In Our Blood
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Some have said that officiating has to be in your blood. The avocation runs through the veins of nearly 10,000 officials in this state, and “The Official View” returns this week not only to inform those valuable contributors to school sports, but also to pr...
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Be the Referee: Football Rules Changes

Be the Referee: Football Rules Changes
Thursday, September 5, 2019
This week, MHSAA Assistant Director Brent Rice discusses a pair of football rules changes made the enhance safety.
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Be the Referee: 40-Second Play Clock

Be the Referee: 40-Second Play Clock
Thursday, August 29, 2019
This week, MHSAA Assistant Director Brent Rice explains the change in football to a 40-second play clock.
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Officials Eager for New Hockey Format

Officials Eager for New Hockey Format
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Tuesday, Feb. 26, was a particularly busy day on the ice as the 2019 MHSAA Ice Hockey Tournament reached just its second day around the state. On the slate that night were 27 Regional games, bringing the two-day total to 48 on the heels of Monday’s busy calendar.
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West Michigan Mourns Longtime Mentor

West Michigan Mourns Longtime Mentor
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
As quickly as June has come to an end, summer soon will give way to another highly-anticipated football season in the Grand Rapids area – but also one that undoubtedly will feel like someone is missing for the many officials who learned from Carl Paganelli. The l...
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Flint's Phillips Named NHL 'Community Hero'

Flint's Phillips Named NHL 'Community Hero'
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Rico Phillips had convinced himself before Wednesday night’s NHL Awards that he wasn’t going to win the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award.  It was the easiest way to kill nerves that went along with having to speak in front of a room filled with ...
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2019-20 Officials Registration Underway

2019-20 Officials Registration Underway
Monday, June 17, 2019
The MHSAA is accepting registrations online or by mail for game officials for the 2019-20 school year.
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Be the Referee: Summer Camps

Be the Referee: Summer Camps
Thursday, June 6, 2019
This week, assistant director Brent Rice explains how officials, like athletes, will be sharpening their skills during the summer. 
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Be the Referee: Girls Lacrosse Self Start

Be the Referee: Girls Lacrosse Self Start
Thursday, May 23, 2019
This week, officials coordinator Sam Davis explains a rule change in girls lacrosse designed to smooth out starts and stops in game play.
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Be the Referee: Lodged Ball

Be the Referee: Lodged Ball
Thursday, May 16, 2019
This week, assistant director Brent Rice offers a baseball/softball "You Make the Call" regarding a batted ball that becomes lodged in the fence. 
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Be the Referee: Bounced Pitch

Be the Referee: Bounced Pitch
Thursday, May 9, 2019
This week, assistant director Brent Rice offers a baseball/softball "You Make the Call" regarding a pitch that bounces before reaching the plate.
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Be the Referee: Boys Lacrosse Safety

Be the Referee: Boys Lacrosse Safety
Thursday, May 2, 2019
In this week's "Be the Referee" installment, assistant director Brent Rice explains changes this spring in boys lacrosse that address body checks and targeting.
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Wozniak 'Crew' Serves Together in Stripes

Wozniak 'Crew' Serves Together in Stripes
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
If you were to attend a high school basketball game in northeast Michigan, or watch the local sports highlights from the evening on TV, you might see a member of the Wozniak family running up and down the basketball court. You won’t see them dribbling the ball, o...
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