This March Madness: Root for the Ref!

For hoop fans eager to embrace a bona fide March Madness underdog, this could be the year to finally do the unthinkable: root for the referee. Unlike some of the tainted if successful programs run by conniving coaches featuring pampered if talented athletes, the referees actually represent virtues fans can...

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A Tribute to the Longest-Tenured NBA Official

Inspirational stories about Dick Bavetta – 40 years in the league Being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame is arguably one of the greatest achievements anyone can accomplish after long-time involvement in the game we love. Ordinarily, this honor is reserved for players and coaches, but Dick Bavetta’s officiating...

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Elvis Čoders

Hi Peter, I signed up for the online course. I can’t even put in words how thankful I am and how much I appreciate what you are doing for me. Much respect for what you have achieved so far – you are a great mentor and example for me! Thank YOU!...

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How to Lead a Pre-Game

One of my dear readers sent me this email the other day. “I am the crew chief on a game this Thursday night.  High level game between two previous number one ranked teams (both were ranked number one at some point this season). My situation is that my...

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Daniel Munteanu

Hi Peter, Many thanks for your very interesting stuffs. I am Daniel Munteanu from Romania, ex FIFA assistant referee. Please allow me to translate and to post on my website some articles from your blog. (of course, I will indicate the source). Best wishes, Daniel Munteanu

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Your Biggest Enemy on a Game

Lots of referees hope their game will be easy. They think when there is a substantial margin between the teams, they have an easier job. Most of the times they are wrong. While a tied game seems more difficult, players have to focus on the game when they are head-to-head....

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Bartek Żółtowski

Hello Peter, my name is Bartek. I am 23 years old( I still consider myself young:) ) referee from Poland. I recently read your book – The Essentail Referee Mindset. I would like to thank you for writing it and sharing. I referee only for 3 years and I was...

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Orlando Varela

[…] I’ve been refereeing a lot lately in international tournaments, and trying to improve. Recently I read your book again, and it was as awesome as the first time. It’s always nice talking to you. Orlando Varela Honduras

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Steve Seibel: The Humble Power

On a hot summer afternoon in Antalya, Turkey, I had the chance to have a half an hour privately with undoubtedly one of the best referees in the world. Steve Seibel blew the whistle on FIBA Americas Championships, World Championships, Olympic Games. He was the crew chief of the final of the 2014...

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9+1 Tips to Enhance In-Game Memory

How much do you remember from your last game? If someone asked you, how correctly would you be able to name the best players from each team? How often do you forget about a situation the observer tells you on the post-game? In-game memory shows an important factor in officiating....

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