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If you’ve officiated for any length of time, you’ve probably heard most of these basics of our avocation before, but they bear repeating and are great points to pass on to youth or new officials.


  1. Arrive at the game site early. Never rush to a game. Allow ample time to get there well in advance of game time.
  2. Park your car in a well-lit area near the building in which you dress. Try to leave sufficient space to avoid being boxed in.
  3. Hold a thorough pregame conference. Do it even if you’ve worked with your partners before.
  4. Attend to administrative duties early. Allow enough time to fix problems.
  5. Dress in proper, clean uniform. Look sharp and you’re off on the right foot.
  6. Inspect the playing area. Correct potential hazards before the game.
  7. Conduct a brief meeting with team captains or coaches. Tell the captains that they are the leaders of the team and may be called on to fulfill that role. Keep it brief.
  8. Observe players during pregame practice. Opponents occasionally try to intimidate each other before a game. Nip that in the bud.
  9. Examine your equipment. Blow your whistle, etc., to make sure it is in working order.
  10. Relax. If you appear tense and nervous, the players will recognize it.


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