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3 Stars 2017 Week 38

3 Stars 2017 Week 38

3 Stars


Week 38
September 22, 2017


3 Stars 2017 Week 38


  1. Ed Rush NBA Basketball Referee
  2. Sean Raphael Hockey Referee
  3. Flying Ball Delivery

These are the 3 Stars selected for Week 37 in 2017. Maybe you agree and maybe you don’t, but read on below to find out why they were chosen. They were selected from posts that were added somewhere on the Officials101 website in the last 7 days. Stay tuned next week to find out who are the most notable referees, umpires and sports officials in the world today.


3rd Star


The Flying Ball Delivery at the Portuguese Cup earlier this year is a popular post. At least by the 101 standards anyways. 🙂 I was heavily influenced in this selection by the followers on Twitter. It is a repost from a few months ago so I was a bit surprised to see it get a few retweets although I suppose I shouldn’t have been. It was one of my personal favourite posts so why not? It is an interesting peak at future possibilities. I suggest a look at my own vision of the game of Quidditch in the years to come, but why not football? Soaring above the play would certainly provide an enhanced view of the field for the referees. Soccer, rugby, fieldhockey are all sports that could benefit from a higher perspective for the officials. The Flying Ball Delivery guy on a drone gets 3rd Star for this week.



2nd Star


Sean Raphael is a Hockey Referee in my home province of British Columbia in Canada. He is also the boss of the BC Hockey Referees and he was talking to the RIC’s (Referees in Chief) of Okanagan hockey in Salmon Arm last weekend. I attended that meeting to hear him speak and learn what I could from him while he was in Salmon Arm. That pile of hair at the front of the photo is the back of my head. We talked a lot about recruiting, training and retaining referees. Sean Raphael, Hockey Referee, did a great job trying to teach me and others to guide the future officials of the game, and is 2nd Star for this week.



1st Star


Ed Rush Sr. is a Basketball Referee. He spent over 35 years with the NBA and is a wealth of knowledge regarding all things basketball. Senior Rush is very active teaching and sharing his experiences with all levels of the game. His energy and willingness to give back to the game is kind of a special thing to watch in the business of sports officials, and I think that basketball referees should do everything they can to get some time with the man. Junior Rush shares his love, respect and admiration for his Dad in this post. Ed Rush Sr., Basketball Referee, is 1st Star for Week 38.



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3 Stars 2017 Week 18

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Week 18
  May 05, 2017


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  1. Nigel Owens Rugby Referee
  2. Jennifer Huggins Boxing Referee
  3. Ball and Strike Counter for Umpires

These are the 3 Stars selected for Week 18 in 2017. Maybe you agree and maybe you don’t, but read on below to find out why they were chosen. They were selected from posts that were added somewhere on the Officials101 website in the last 7 days. Stay tuned next week to find out who are the most notable referees, umpires and sports officials in the world today.


3rd Star


I like to include a non-human element to the 3 Stars whenever I get the opportunity. The idea is to highlight an interesting topic that is relevant to Referees and Umpires. I admit that I often fudge the guidelines a little bit when there are cake or cookies involved because I want some, but this week, the post is of the non-edible variety. These college students are trying build a Ball and Strike Counter for Baseball and Softball Umpires. Many baseball fans are worried that Umpires will be replaced once these machines are perfected, which is just not so. The human umpires will still be there calling tips, fouls and plays at the plate. One day, ‘Robot Umpires’, as they are often called, will become just another Tech Tool for Sports Officials. Watch for this technology to improve quickly in the future. For now, The Ball and Strike Counter gets 3rd Star and starts the hashtag #bscounter.




2nd Star


Jennifer Huggins, Boxing Referee, makes another appearance in the 3 Stars by becoming the Top Boxing Official in Canada. Although Huggins is a real force outside the ring with her entrepreneurial spirit and charity work, it was nice to see here work inside the ring being recognized. This week. Jennifer Huggins is 2nd Star.




1st Star


Nigel Owens, Rugby Referee, is in a class of his own. In the World of Sports Officiating, Owens is probably the most highly respected referee on the planet, in any sport. His control of games is legendary and, for me, it comes as no surprise that he is appointed the Champion’s Cup Final. Nigel Owens is posted on Officials101 more than any other official and I doubt this will be his last appearance in the 3 Stars for 2017. Keep an eye open for that down the road. Today, Nigel Owens gets 1st Star.





3 Stars 2017 Top Referees and Umpires in the world today:


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Viktor Kassai Football Referee Calls 1st Penalty with VAR Technology

Viktor Kassai made history earlier today when he used the Video Assistant Referee, or VAR, to call a penalty against Orlando Berrio of Atletico Nacional.


Viktor Kassai football 1st VAR penalty


The historic call was made in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final match between Atletico, of Columbia, and the Kashima Antlers. The Kashima team is the current Japanese Champion, and after Shoma Dai scored on the penalty kick, they went on to win the game 3-0.

Viktor Kassai is 41 years old and from Hungary. His international career began in 2003. After appearing in the 2007 U-20 World Cup, he went on to appear in the final games at the Olympics, the World Cup and Champions League. With this one penalty call, Viktor Kassai becomes a trivia game fact for the future.



With the win, Kashima becomes the first Japanese team to reach the finals in the Club World Cup. The final game will be played this Sunday at International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Real Madrid or Club America will play tomorrow to see who will compete against the Kashima club.

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7 Trends to Watch for Referees and Umpires

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Sports officials today and in the future


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7 Trends to Watch for Referees and Umpires


Referees and umpires are by no means being left out of our fast-changing world. 

Sports officials are experiencing huge changes in the wide world of sports and Officials101.com is shining the spotlight on 7 trends that referees, umpires, and everyone else, will want to watch out for in the coming years.


1. Multi Sport Service Companies


7 Trends JobsWith so many sports and leagues for every ability and age group, the need for referees and umpires continues to grow. Organizations everywhere struggle to recruit and retain sports officials. Sports entrepreneurs have seen a gap and companies are now popping up to fill the need. The basic premise for such companies is to recruit, train and schedule referees and umpires for a multitude of sports – matching up leagues, tournaments and games with the officials they need. It offers a cost-effective way for associations to get qualified coverage without the expense of training and re-training their own sports officials. More businesses like these will make sports officiating more appealing as a way to earn a living for people of all ages.

 


2. Women’s Sports


7 Trends WomenThere is a growing number of women participating in sports and a rise in females officiating professional levels of sporting events – men’s and women’s. The quality of women’s sports and the officiating is exceptional and has resulted in a growing fan base for all sports and increased employment opportunities for all sports officials. The 2016 Rio Olympics gave everyone a chance to witness female officials’ superb talent in the online forum, #RefsofRio. Women are making inroads not only in women’s sports but also in male dominated sports in North America and across the world. Watch this trend grow.

 


3. Technology


7 Trends TechnologySo much going on here for sports officials and changes are afoot at not only the professional level but also for amateur, high school, college and university sports. Video technology has been part of many sports for decades and its use will continue to grow and enhance officiating. Cricket has used video replay as a third umpire since the early 1990s and hockey wouldn’t be the same without the net-cams. The 2016 Rio Olympics used expanded videography on many occasions and with huge success and FIFA is currently in the midst of video assistant referee (VAR) trials. The type and use of such technology will continue to expand for all sports.

Wearable technology will be even bigger for sports officials. Communication devices are commonplace in most sports but ref-cams with open mic broadcasts are going to be huge and will put a whole new spin on sports at all levels. New technology for failsafe timing on the field will enhance all sports for players and fans alike while goal line technology will indicate when a ball or puck crosses the line. Referees and umpires will also start taking advantage of wearable fitness tracking technology and high-tech apparel as a path to more elite levels of officiating and improved physicality. And, of course, there will be an app for that when it comes to everything referees need to excel.


4. Media Attention


7 Trends MediaGlobal boundaries are disappearing in just about every realm, and the world of sports officiating is no different. The internet gives global reach to even the smallest developing sports organizations, allowing them to learn and benefit from additional knowledge and information to better grow their sport. Mainstream media may only give a passing glance at sports like quidditch and floorball but both of them garner huge global followings of fans, players and officials through today’s social media options. Internet media companies and online organizations with a focus on sports are popping up every day that provide support, information and a place to unite.

 


5. Fitness


7 Trends FitnessToday’s athletes are incredibly fit so it stands to reason that the officials of these sports must follow suit. A hockey player may have several shifts during a period but the referee is on the ice the entire game so his/her fitness level is key to excelling and advancing. A focus on improved fitness training at all levels and the use of fitness technology will better hone the critical thinking skills that are so important to officiating. Watch as referee and umpire governing bodies will continue to put more emphasis on top level game preparation that includes rules, research and incredible fitness levels.

 


6. Positive Sports


7 Trends Positive SportsViolence, crazy parents and a crazed animal mentality can be a big part of today’s sports but that does not mean that most people are OK with it. There is a push to bring civility back to sports and sports officiating. There is the integration of gender and a variety of physical abilities and ages, which fosters respect in a fun environment. There are organizations working to ensure young people have positive, character-building experiences when they play any sport. There is a lot of extremism in today’s sports culture but a pendulum swings both ways and one day it will come to pass that being a jackass parent, fan, player or official is just too politically incorrect. We are positive about this.


7. Training


7 Trends TrainingWith a growing demand for sports officials across the world, training will come to the forefront. All it takes is a click online to find hundreds of improved training techniques in a wide variety of sports. Many sports organizations already offer free online training courses, with some scholarships available for advanced training opportunities. The online availability of officiating information and training opportunities will continue to grow. Sports officials will take advantage of their basic skillsets and look to employment in multiple sports, thus increasing the demand for both specialized and broad-based training. Being a sports official may not always pay the rent but the leadership and management skills required to be a good one are being recognized as transferable skills in the business world, making it all the more important to stay ahead of the game – so to speak.


Co-Written by Jim Clarke and Jackie Pearase
Jim is the Founder of Officials101
Jackie is the Officials101 Content Editor
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