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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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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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Be the Referee: Blindside Blocks

Be the Referee: Blindside Blocks
Thursday, August 24, 2017
This week, "Be the Referee" returns with the first of a three-part series on football rules changes for 2017, this one on blindside blocking. 
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Official Results

Official Results
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Officials calls are final; and living with the outcome is one of the valuable lessons we try to teach and learn in school-based sports.
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Longtime Official to Receive Medal of Honor

Longtime Official to Receive Medal of Honor
Monday, July 31, 2017
South Haven's James C. McCloughan, a longtime MHSAA wrestling official and coach of multiple sports, will receive the Medal of Honor this afternoon for service in 1969 in Vietnam. McCloughan, also a retired teacher from South Haven High School, previously received mult...
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2017-18 Officials Registration Underway

2017-18 Officials Registration Underway
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The Michigan High School Athletic Association is accepting registrations by mail and online for game officials for the 2017-18 school year.
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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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