First Impression: Three Tips for Looking the Part


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The initial impression that you give to partners, players, coaches and fans sets everyone’s expectations of how you will perform at your game.  It can mask the fact that you are a rookie or establish that you are a seasoned veteran. The GLOA expects everyone to act in a professional manner at all times and more »

On And Off Officials


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Anyone heard the joke about the ref who should buy a ticket to the game because they were ball watching? As a fan, your natural inclination is to watch where the ball goes. It takes will power and self-discipline to overcome that habit. An official that ball watches will consistently miss fouls and violations. It more »

4 C’s of Signals: Clear, Crisp, Consistent, Confidant


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Until the late 1800s, baseball umpires did not use any signals. Some historians credit William “Dummy” Hoy, a deaf player with the Washington Nationals, with introducing hand signals for balls and strikes, safe and out calls.  Others, credit umpire  Bill “The Old Arbiter” Klem, who began officiating two years after Hoy retired, with inventing hand more »