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Be The Referee: Tournament Selection

Be The Referee: Tournament Selection
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
This week, MHSAA assistant director Brent Rice explains how officials are selected for assignments during the MHSAA Football Playoffs.
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Official Loved Giving Back to Community

Official Loved Giving Back to Community
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Before referee Jerry Hoffman died that Friday night, he knew the two football teams were going to gather in the center of the football field to pray for him. “They were starting to take him off the field and I went to him and told him that we were going to circle...
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Be The Referee: Missed Field Goals

Be The Referee: Missed Field Goals
Thursday, November 5, 2020
This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis presents a "You Make the Call" to test your knowledge on change of possession after a missed field goal.
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Be the Referee: Automatic 1st Downs

Be the Referee: Automatic 1st Downs
Thursday, October 29, 2020
This week, MHSAA assistant director Brent Rice explains how high school football rules differ from those at the collegiate and professional levels when it comes to awarding automatic first downs.
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The Official View: The Next Generation

The Official View: The Next Generation
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
At a time when we continually hear about the aging population of our veteran officials, it is refreshing to have an entire varsity crew made up of officials under 30. The MHSAA continues to push to recruit the next generation of officials. Current officials can do thei...
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Be the Referee: Illegal Football Kick

Be the Referee: Illegal Football Kick
Thursday, October 22, 2020
This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis presents a "You Make the Call" on the legality of a kicking scenario.
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Be the Referee: Toe the Line on PKs

Be the Referee: Toe the Line on PKs
Thursday, October 15, 2020
This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis explains a change in soccer affecting goalkeeper movement during penalty kicks.
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Be the Referee: Disconcerting Acts

Be the Referee: Disconcerting Acts
Thursday, October 8, 2020
This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis explains a change in football meant to reduce a form of gamesmanship at the line of scrimmage.
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Be the Referee: Ball Hits Soccer Referee

Be the Referee: Ball Hits Soccer Referee
Thursday, October 1, 2020
This week, MHSAA Assistant Director Brent Rice explains a a change in soccer rules for when a ball makes contact with an official during game play.
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Whymer Made Blue Water Moments into Memories

Whymer Made Blue Water Moments into Memories
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
When considering all the reasons Jim Whymer was a beloved and Hall of Fame sportswriter in the Thumb area, one stands out above the rest.  He cared.
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Be the Referee: Clocking From Shotgun

Be the Referee: Clocking From Shotgun
Thursday, September 24, 2020
This week, MHSAA Assistant Director Brent Rice explains a change in football that gives teams another way to stop the clock while on offense. 
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Cadillac Star Stays on Pitch as Rising Referee

Cadillac Star Stays on Pitch as Rising Referee
Monday, September 14, 2020
There are very few female referees available to officiate high school soccer in northern Michigan. But for Bill Anderson, a registered assignor who schedules officials out of the Cadillac area, there has been Little.
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The Official View: We Are Family

The Official View: We Are Family
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Camaraderie – and a feeling of being part of a bigger sports family – is among draws for nearly 10,000 officials who register with the MHSAA each school year. As “The Official View” returns today for the 2020-21 school year, we feature a trio of...
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Officials Honored for Service Milestones

Officials Honored for Service Milestones
Thursday, June 25, 2020
The MHSAA annually honors high school game officials with 20, 30, 40, 45 and 50 years of service at its Officials’ Awards & Alumni Banquet. However, this spring’s banquet was canceled due to COVID-19. Instead, we present this virtual recognition for 322...
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2020-21 Officials Registration Underway

2020-21 Officials Registration Underway
Monday, June 8, 2020
The Michigan High School Athletic Association is accepting registrations online or by mail for game officials for the 2020-21 school year.
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Moment: Officiating Message Unchanged

Moment: Officiating Message Unchanged
Sunday, May 17, 2020
A segment on recruiting officials was broadcast as part of coverage of the MHSAA's 1988 Boys Basketball Finals.  Had that segment run this season, the messages would have been just as relevant.
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Norris Honoree Adding to 60-Year Legacy

Norris Honoree Adding to 60-Year Legacy
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Already recognized prestigiously for his leadership as a coach and administrator, Hugh Matson made lasting impacts on Michigan high school sports serving those duties over a career stretching four decades.  And more than 20 years after retiring from that work, Mat...
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NFHS Voice: Good Time to Appreciate Officials

NFHS Voice: Good Time to Appreciate Officials
Sunday, April 12, 2020
During this shutdown of normal life in our nation, we are learning to deal with a new challenge – how to handle the unexpected time on our hands at home. Simply keeping up with the days of the week is a major accomplishment!
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Be the Referee: 3-Second Rule

Be the Referee: 3-Second Rule
Thursday, March 5, 2020
This week, MHSAA assistant director Brent Rice explains one of the most misunderstood rules in basketball – the 3-second rule.
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Be the Referee: Clarifying Takedowns

Be the Referee: Clarifying Takedowns
Thursday, February 27, 2020
This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis explains new clarifications to the takedown rule for high school wrestling. 
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