About Us


More than 460 Issues
Published and counting


As the original magazine for sports officiating and the industry’s best-known publication, Referee has set the journalistic standard for developing educational and training materials vital to sports officials.

Since 1976, Referee continues to serve as the only monthly magazine in the world for sports officials. As such, the leaders of officiating equipment manufacturers, technology, education and officiating services have come to trust Referee as a consistent source to reach these key influencers in sports officiating.

Referee serves a core audience of sports officials from youth to professional levels. Veteran and new officials alike look to the magazine every month for critical information to educate and succeed in their avocation. Every issue is filled with the latest officiating news, up-to-date rules information and interpretations, special features on relevant issues like training, game management and industry hot topics, plus profiles and interviews with the top personalities in officiating.

Referee’s website,, was designed to provide ready access to a wide variety of officiating resources, information, news and links.

Referee magazine is also provided to every NASO member in an exclusive “Members-Only” edition, which includes the 16-page NASO It’s Officialnewsletter. It’s Officialis loaded with NASO and officiating industry news, features and interviews, as well as expanded training content in its “Ask Us” section, which provides actual caseplays and late-breaking rule changes. Monthly coverage includes sports-specific columns and inspirational articles on officiating, mechanics, skills, psychology and more.

For nearly 40 years, initiating conversations with active sports officials is what Referee does best!



Since our inception, we have gone well beyond that original mission. Referee currently produces the largest and most comprehensive line of officiating education and training products in the world. From our fully-customizable line of Mechanics Illustrated books to our by-sport Game Intelligence series to our rules-driven titles like The Ultimate Book on the Kicking Game and our Tough Calls series for basketball officials, Referee publishes something for everyone.

In addition to covering rules, mechanics and officiating philosophy, Refereepublishes a line of industry-spanning leadership titles, such as Evaluating Officiating Performance, The Officials Role in Sportsmanship and Accountability in Officiating. We also partner with a variety of the nation’s rules-making bodies, such as the NFHS and the CCA, to produce official manuals, newsletters and other publications

Go to to browse the complete library of officiating publications, including our full offering of newsletters, books, guides, DVDs, CD-ROMs and other products.



Through the Referee Custom Publishing division, we publish more than 50 custom publications a year. Referee Custom Publishing provides turnkey publication services that include content development, graphic design, layout, proofreading, production management, prepress, printing and mailing.

With Referee Custom Publishing, you can partner with a company that knows officiating, knows publishing and can create quality publications based on your objectives. Together, we can produce higher quality communications for less money than it would take for you to produce these programs in-house.

Referee Custom Publishing offers something no other publisher or organization can provide — the Referee brand. Teaming with Referee ensures that your custom publishing project meets the Referee gold standard that our readers have come to expect. Referee publications are written by officials – for officials.


Whether you are looking to author your own instructional materials, build a manual from our library of copyrighted content, reorganize your existing text or do all of the above, we can help.

Referee Custom Publishing offers full service, turnkey custom publishing capabilities including project definition, management, editorial support and creative resources to fully leverage your ideas.


Custom Rules and  Mechanics Manuals

Educate your members using unique, editorially based content written by officiating experts and presented in a graphically compelling package — including the use of Referee’s exclusive PlayPic® and MechaniGram® illustrations. Our dedicated staff will work with you to help identify your objectives and then develop a tailored, unique product that leverages your investment and adds value for the reader.

Custom Newsletters
Your custom newsletter can become a communication tool for expanding the educational resources available to your members. Distributed to your own database of members, a custom publication allows you to share knowledge in a powerful, credible, targeted, fresh way.

It may be a series of articles to enhance an existing site or ongoing content to keep your site refreshed. Tap into the journalistic and technical expertise of Referee Custom Publishing to produce original editorial content that resides at your website.



• Governing bodies of collegiate and high school sports programs, conferences and leagues

• State athletic and activities associations

• Officials associations

• Youth sports associations

• Professional sports leagues

Our clients have varied perspectives and needs. Whatever the requirements, we find a way to deliver the precise services that not only meet their expectations, but exceed them.



Referee Custom Publishing helps you to strengthen relationships with your members and present more in-depth information. You’ll be positioned as a leader in officiating education.

If you are looking to redesign a current publication or are just considering the ways a custom publication can work for you, we have the equipment and technical skills needed to produce image-enhancing publications at a reasonable cost.


Here are just a few of the things you can do with a customization program:

• Enhance existing publications

• Communicate with your association membership

• Keep members up-to-date by providing association news, policies, benefit programs, rules, mechanics, the latest changes and other information

• Create a directory of your national, regional and local leaders, members and other key contacts

• Increase visibility and credibility with a publication providing information for and about your association

• Generate revenue through paid advertising or sponsorship for your custom publication

• Provide your members with quality, targeted information that will motivate and educate



When it comes to resourceful solutions, we are diligent in fulfilling our clients’ objectives. Communication is the key to a healthy and successful working relationship, so we are adamant about following through with discussions and problem-solving interactions with all of our customers. We take the extra time to review and reassess the needs and requirements of every project.

We are also keenly aware that our clients are budget-minded. Because we employ the most economical and efficient methods of publishing, not only do we meet our clients’ budgetary restrictions, but much to the delight of our satisfied clientele, we often find ways of coming in under budget!



Can I use Referee material in my custom publication?

Referee Custom Publishing not only gives you the opportunity to publish your own original work, but also offers you the opportunity to include Referee’s copyrighted material including intellectual materials and Referee’s exclusive PlayPic® and MechaniGram® illustrations.

How much will this cost?

The price of your custom publication depends on the material you select to be included, the number of units you will need and other factors such as permission or royalty fees (if applicable). After an initial consultation, we will provide a formal written proposal covering the details of your custom publication and the final cost.

Can I earn revenue?

Many Referee Custom Publishing clients sell their custom publications or distribute them as part of their membership benefits (covered by member dues). Advertising sales and sponsorships also provide an excellent means to reduce or even eliminate your out-of-pocket cost for a custom publication.

How do I begin?

Referee Custom Publishing editors and artists have the knowledge and experience to guide you through every step of the publishing process, to help you convert your ideas into reality and to determine the best format for your project. Simply contact Referee Custom Publishing for an initial consultation.

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