Referee Style Sheet

12-year veteran

40-year-old official (but “He looks

to be in his 40s”)

$15 not $15.00

adviser

airball

alley-oop

all-star

alternating possession

alternating-possession arrow

assigner

backboard

backcourt

back-row player

backstop

ballbag

ballcarrier

ballclub

ballgame

ballhandling

ballhandler

ballpark

ballplayer

ballside mechanics

baseline

basepath

baserunner

batter’s box

beanbag

beanball

Big Ten

box-out (noun)

box out (verb)

box score

break away (verb)

breakaway (noun, adj.)

bullpen

bylaws

casebook

center field

center fielder

chin strap

close-down position

coed

corner kick

courtside

crewmate

crossbar

curve ball

dead-ball signal

delayed dead

diagram A

Division I (NCAA)

Double-A

double play

doubleheader

downcourt

downfield

earflap

e-mail

endline

end zone

face off (verb)

faceoff (noun)

facemask

fair catch

fair-catch signal

fastball

fast break

fast pitch

fast-pitch softball

field goal

field-goal attempt

first base

first baseman

first down

first-base line

first-down play

fly ball

forecourt

foul line

free kick

free throw

free-throw line

frontcourt

full time (adv.)

full-time (adj.)

fullcourt press

fundraiser

game two (World Series)

game clock

game site

game time

gameboard

gameplan

goalkeeper

goalkick

goalline

goalpost

goal-scoring opportunity

goaltending

grass-roots level (but “starting at

the grass roots”)

ground-rule double

halfcourt

halftime

handchecking

handoff

hashmarks

home plate

home run

home team

homecourt

inbounds

infield fly

infield-fly rule

in-season

Internet

Jr. Sr. (no comma: Sammy Davis Jr.)

jump ball

jump shot

kickoff (noun, adj.)

kick off (verb)

kick-catch interference

late hit

Law (soccer)

layup

leadoff

leads off

left field

left fielder

left-handed

left-hander

line judge

line drive

linesman

line up (verb)

lineup (noun)

lineup card

live ball

locker room

major league umpire

makeup call

man-to-man

match-up

midcourt

midfield

National Referee

no-call

nonplayable

nonplayers

off-ball fouls (but “look off ball”)

officials association (no apostrophe)

offseason

offside

OK (OK’d OKs OK’ing)

oncourt

on-deck circle

one-and-one

onfield

onside

outfielder

out of bounds (adv.)

out-of-bounds (adj.)

overrule

overtime

Pac-10 Conference

part-time

pass interference

peewee football

penalty kick

penalty mark

picked off first

pickoff play

pinch hit (verb)

pinch hitter

pinch-hit (noun, adj.)

pitchout

pivot foot

placekick

play off (verb)

playoff (noun, adj.)

play on

PONY Baseball

pop up

postgame

postpone

postseason

pregame

preseason

pressbox

put out (verb)

putout (noun)

quarterfinal

re-entry

rekick

right field

right fielder

right-handed

right-hander

rulebook

rulemaker

runback (noun)

running back

rundown

sacrifice fly

scorebook

scorekeeper

second base

second baseman

semifinal

semipro

send off (n. and v.)

shinguards

shoestring catch

shortstop

shot clock

shut out (verb)

shutout (noun, adj.)

sideline

sideout

Single-A

slow pitch

slow-pitch softball

State Referee

stop-the-clock signal

strike zone

strikeout

T shirt

table side

teammates

tee ball

The Sports Officiating Summit

third base

third baseman

third-base line

three-point shot

three-point trys

three-second violation

throw in (verb)

throw-in (noun)

timekeeper

timeout

tip-off

touchback

touchdown

touchline

Triple-A

two-point trys

U.S.

upcourt

upfield

videotape

warmup (noun, adj.)

warm up (verb)

weakside position

wideout

wide angle position

wild pitch

windup (noun)

wind up (verb)

World Series (the Series)

World Wide Web (web, website)

yardline

 

Abbreviations

Alabama Ala.

Alaska Alaska

Arizona Ariz.

Arkansas Ark.

California Calif.

Colorado Colo.

Connecticut Conn.

Delaware Del.

Florida Fla.

Georgia Ga.

Hawaii Hawaii

Idaho Idaho

Illinois Ill.

Indiana Ind.

Iowa Iowa

Kansas Kan.

Kentucky Ky.

Louisiana La.

Maine Maine

Maryland Md.

Massachusetts Mass.

Michigan Mich.

Minnesota Minn.

Mississippi Miss.

Missouri Mo.

Montana Mont.

Nebraska Neb.

Nevada Nev.

New Hampshire N.H.

New Jersey N.J.

New Mexico N.M.

New York N.Y.

North Carolina N.C.

North Dakota N.D.

Ohio Ohio

Oklahoma Okla.

Oregon Ore.

Pennsylvania Pa.

Rhode Island R.I.

South Carolina S.C.

South Dakota S.D.

Tennessee Tenn.

Texas Texas

Utah Utah

Vermont Vt.

Virginia Va.

Washington Wash.

West Virginia W.Va.

Wisconsin Wis.

Wyoming Wyo.

 

Acronyms that do not need to be spelled out on first reference:

AL, ASA, FIFA, MLS, NAIA, NBA,

NCAA, NFL, NHL, NL, NASO,

NFHS, USSF

 

U.S. Cities That Don’t Require State

Atlanta

Baltimore

Boston

Chicago

Cincinnati

Cleveland

Dallas

Denver

Detroit

Honolulu

Houston

Indianapolis

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

Miami

Milwaukee

Minneapolis

New Orleans

New York

Oklahoma City

Philadelphia

Phoenix

Pittsburgh

St. Louis

Salt Lake City

San Antonio

San Diego

San Francisco

Seattle

Washington

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