How to Get Along with Anyone

Have you ever caught yourself arguing with anyone, not being able to imagine how they could behave like the way they did? Have you ever felt that whatever they say, you cannot agree and vice versa? Have you ever officiated with a colleague like this? How was your teamwork? We all...

One Tip That Can Save Your Game

The game has just started. The ball was tossed perfectly. The atmosphere is great and you are in a good shape to bag another great game in your collection. Then something happens. You make a call that may be wrong. A call that everybody thinks you did wrong, but you...

How to Turn Failure into Experience

Succcessful people don’t have the terminology failure in their dictionary. They merely see everything as results of something they do. If they don’t like the results, they just keep trying. They try it differently. They change until they get the results they want! “I have not failed. I’ve just found...

How To Get Results

I know, this is a provocative statement: I’m about to show you how we function. To be more exact, I’m about show the process on how we make decisions, start something, give up something, be kind to anyone, or become a great referee. And basically everything else! OK, it’s a simple theory,...

What Makes an Excellent Call?

How many times did you want to swallow your whistle after making a bad call? Sometimes we miss the elephants and call the mosquitos that don’t even affect the game. Sometimes we miss, other times we are too fast! On the other hand, excellent referees differ from mediocre ones making...

Relaunch…

Some people get momentum very easily. They start to work immediately after a new idea is born. Some of them can keep up, others fall short some time after the kickstart. Among the ‘others’ group, I have been one. I’ve learned something very enlightening in the last couple of years: change can...

Interview with Howard Webb

Howard Webb is a FIFA listed referee since 2005, and reached the top of the rock in 2010 when he officiated the Final of the Champions League and the Final Game of the World Championship. He is the first person to do this in the history of football. He was...

How To Live a Happy Life as a Referee

You bring your own personality to the court. Your background, your life as a boyfriend, a father, a mother or a wife seems to have major impact on your officiating. We tend to complain about things all the time. It’s like a competition between each of us about who has...

Interview with Luigi Lamonica

Countless extremely important games. Olympics, World Championships, Eurobaskets, Euroleague Finals. There is no challenge Luigi Lamonica haven’t faced during his awesome career. Now, he was kind enough to give us a picture of what he is doing day-by-day, and what he thinks about the fundamental principals of officiating. Ladies and...

The Ultimate Guide for Mental Preparation

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin I think it’s evident for most referees that mental preparation is key to succeed on the court. So, I gave it a quick brainstorm and put together some tips I find useful when it comes to prepare mentally...