3 Stars

Week 18
  May 05, 2017

3 Stars 2017 Week 18


  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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Week 06
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Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17

3 Stars Archives This weekly feature began on January 22, 2016. We began writing about it in the blog in January 2017.

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