March 23, 2015

NCAA Tournament whistle automatically stops clock

Clock operators occasionally make mistakes, but a new system being used during the NCAA Tournament is attempting to curb that problem. Tournament officials are experimenting with a new whistle that automatically stops the clock, eliminating the n...

February 26, 2015

Massachusetts to require background checks on refs

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has approved a new measure that will require background checks for all of the state's high school referees. [caption id="attachment_11085" align="alignright" width="288"] Massachusetts will be...

February 9, 2015

Mass. lawmaker seeks background checks on referees

A Massachusetts lawmaker has proposed a bill that would require background checks on those who referee high school sporting events. Currently, more than 20 states conduct background checks on officials. Massachusetts was put under the spotlight la...

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March 7, 2013

Do more to ensure the safety of referees

We’re never going to agree with every call given by our referees. But schools and leagues still have a responsibility to ensure their safety and prevent unspeakable acts of violence that, unfortunately, are becoming more common. Late last year i...