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Anniversary Celebration

Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Officials know what it means to have a partner, and to have his or her back in good times and bad.
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Norris Winner Excels in Valuable Roles

Norris Winner Excels in Valuable Roles
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The first thing Michael Gentry did after showing up for a freshman/junior varsity football doubleheader was pull out a new white hat, presenting it to a young official working as the referee for the first time – the first act of encouragement that eased the up-and...
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Beyond Fairness

Beyond Fairness
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The NFHS doesn’t publish the most fair rules. On purpose.
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Umpire's Heart Healed, Back in the Game

Umpire's Heart Healed, Back in the Game
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Ken Allen can’t wait to say the words “Play Ball!’ today. Weather permitting, the Traverse City softball umpire is expected to be behind the plate at Kingsley this afternoon after missing all of the spring season last year due to a heart double by-pas...
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Be the Referee: Officials Reports

Be the Referee: Officials Reports
Thursday, March 23, 2017
In this week's final "Be the Referee" of the 2016-17 school year, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains how officials report to the MHSAA office and schools when they experience a situation outside the norm, and the importance of those reports.
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Be the Referee: Under the Bus

Be the Referee: Under the Bus
Thursday, March 16, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains why officials are not the correct target for criticism when a basketball game gets chippy or sloppy.
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Be the Referee: Hockey Hits

Be the Referee: Hockey Hits
Thursday, March 9, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl discusses how illegal hockey hits have no place in the game and how they're being watched for closely.
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Be the Referee: Deciding the Game

Be the Referee: Deciding the Game
Thursday, March 2, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl discusses why officials must make calls even in the final moments of a close game during tournament time.
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Be the Referee: Pitch Counts

Be the Referee: Pitch Counts
Thursday, February 23, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains the new baseball pitch count rule that will take effect this spring.
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Be the Referee: Recruiting Officials

Be the Referee: Recruiting Officials
Thursday, February 16, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl discusses the recruitment of officials and why the avocation is rewarding.
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Grand Blanc Senior Joins Officials 'Legacy'

Grand Blanc Senior Joins Officials 'Legacy'
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Michigan, not unlike most other states across the nation, is struggling with a shortage of officials for junior high and high school sports. Steve Tannar, the Kensington Lakes Activities Association assigner, says locally that Michigan High School Athletic Association r...
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Be the Referee: Ejections

Be the Referee: Ejections
Thursday, February 9, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains the MHSAA's ejection rule.
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Be the Referee: Wrestling & Technology

Be the Referee: Wrestling & Technology
Thursday, February 2, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains how wrestling coaches are allowed to use technology matside.
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Bullock Creek Hosts 35 Aspiring Umpires

Bullock Creek Hosts 35 Aspiring Umpires
Friday, January 27, 2017
More than 35 aspiring baseball and softball umpires met for instruction from a number of veteran officials as part of the Mid-Michigan Clinic on Jan. 21 at Bullock Creek High School.
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Be the Referee: Post Play

Be the Referee: Post Play
Thursday, January 26, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl discusses how unnecessary rough basketball play in the post area is being called by officials.
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Be the Referee: Ice Hockey Overtime

Be the Referee: Ice Hockey Overtime
Thursday, January 19, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains high school overtime rules for ice hockey.
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Be the Referee: Free Throw Change

Be the Referee: Free Throw Change
Thursday, January 12, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl discusses one of the most significant rules changes of this winter season, regarding basketball free throws.
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Be the Referee: Ratings

Be the Referee: Ratings
Thursday, January 5, 2017
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains how Michigan's high school officials are evaluated for their game performance.
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Northern MI Officials Honor 'Pioneer'

Northern MI Officials Honor 'Pioneer'
Friday, December 30, 2016
Barb Beckett was in a familiar spot – center circle at the Traverse City St. Francis gymnasium – for a boys varsity basketball game.  The longtime Michigan High School Athletic Association referee was not tossing up another ball to start the Dec. 17 c...
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Be the Referee: Video Replay - Part 2

Be the Referee: Video Replay - Part 2
Thursday, December 22, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains some of the main obstacles standing in the way of increased use of replay at the high school level.
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