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Be the Referee: Ice Hockey Safe & Sound

Be the Referee: Ice Hockey Safe & Sound
Thursday, January 11, 2018
In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl notes how rules changes have helped make one of the most exciting high school sports safer.
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Be the Referee: Why No Shot Clock?

Be the Referee: Why No Shot Clock?
Thursday, January 4, 2018
In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl explains why Michigan, and many other states, have chosen to not adopt a shot clock for basketball.
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Be the Referee: Equipment Responsibility

Be the Referee: Equipment Responsibility
Thursday, December 21, 2017
In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl explains that coaches are responsible for making sure their players are properly equipped.
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Be the Referee: Mentoring New Officials

Be the Referee: Mentoring New Officials
Thursday, December 14, 2017
In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl emphasizes the important role played by mentors in retaining high school officials. 
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Be the Referee: Dive on the Floor

Be the Referee: Dive on the Floor
Thursday, December 7, 2017
In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl discusses some of the misunderstandings that arise when a basketball player dives for and gains possession of a loose ball.
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Be the Referee: Weight Monitoring

Be the Referee: Weight Monitoring
Thursday, November 30, 2017
In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl explains the how wrestlers' weights are monitored, an important part of making the sport safe for all who take the mat.
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Be the Referee: Ejections

Be the Referee: Ejections
Thursday, November 23, 2017
In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl discusses the penalties that come with a player or coach ejection.
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Be the Referee: Toughest Call

Be the Referee: Toughest Call
Thursday, November 16, 2017
In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl explains why pass interference is the toughest call for our football officials to make.
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Be the Referee: Hurdling

Be the Referee: Hurdling
Thursday, November 9, 2017
In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl explains when hurdling a defender is and isn't allowed in football.
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Be the Referee: The Survey Says

Be the Referee: The Survey Says
Thursday, November 2, 2017
In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl explains how a recently completed national survey will assist in the recruitment of officials.
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Be the Referee: Helmet Comes Off

Be the Referee: Helmet Comes Off
Thursday, October 26, 2017
In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl discusses a recent football rules change geared to improve safety in situations after a player's helmet comes off during play.
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Be the Referee: Goal Line Rules

Be the Referee: Goal Line Rules
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl explains a pair of rules that govern the football goal line when the defense gets the ball.
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Be the Referee: No 1st-Year Fee

Be the Referee: No 1st-Year Fee
Thursday, October 12, 2017
In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl explains the minimal costs of becoming an official and how the MHSAA further helps those signing up for the first time by the waiving registration fee.
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Not Just Another Season for Watson

Not Just Another Season for Watson
Monday, October 9, 2017
A 32-second response by emergency medical technicians was the difference in life or death for 68-year-old Willie Watson, who was spared from becoming another victim of sudden cardiac arrest. Watson, a 38-year official for the MHSAA, collapsed in the tunnel near the off...
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Be the Referee: Athletic Empty Nesters

Be the Referee: Athletic Empty Nesters
Thursday, October 5, 2017
In this week's edition, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl talks about one of our prized recruiting targets when it comes to pursuing new officials. 
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Be the Referee: Misunderstood Kick Rule

Be the Referee: Misunderstood Kick Rule
Thursday, September 28, 2017
In this week's edition, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl reviews a pair of football kicking rules that are among the most misunderstood at the high school level.
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Be the Referee: Preparation for Officials

Be the Referee: Preparation for Officials
Thursday, September 21, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains how football officials also prepare all week for Friday's big games, while lending their talents to various levels every weekend.
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Be the Referee: Always Stay Registered

Be the Referee: Always Stay Registered
Thursday, September 14, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl relays a quick story of how a retired NFL official stepped in to give a pair of junior varsity teams a chance to play another game this season.
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Be the Referee: Other Football Changes

Be the Referee: Other Football Changes
Thursday, September 7, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl discusses a few final football rules in the final of a three-part series on changes in the sport for this fall.
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Be the Referee: Pop-Up Onside Kicks

Be the Referee: Pop-Up Onside Kicks
Thursday, August 31, 2017
This week, "Be the Referee" with MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains an onside kicking technique no longer allowed as the second of a three-part series on football rules changes for 2017.
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