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Writer's Guidelines


The NFHS Officiating Today Web site is an online national publication for high school officials. While the resources of the NFHS are often tapped for regular columns of the NFHS Officiating Today Web site, the feature articles are intended to be written by officials for officials.

The NFHS Officiating Today Web site is not an online news publication; it is a professional online publication. Leaving scores and current events to more frequently published sports magazines and Web sites, the NFHS Officiating Today Web site concentrates instead on subjects that will assist officials in meeting the increasing responsibilities of their avocation.

The NFHS Officiating Today Web site is interested in what officials do game-to-game, match-to-match or meet-to-meet, as well as their unique problems, projects and programs. It wants to share good ideas and experiences with other officials and wants officials to receive credit for their hard work.

Articles of 1,000 to 1,500 words are preferred, although both shorter and longer articles will be given serious consideration. If your article is not used in full, it may be honed down and included in other specific sections. In either case, your photograph and a brief biographical sketch are requested to ensure that you are properly recognized for the professionalism displayed and the effort you have made in preparing your thoughts for publication.

Photographs are welcome, particularly when they relate to an article you have submitted. Charts and diagrams that relate to articles are also invited.

Your article will have greater readability if you follow these suggestions:

  1. Be direct. Sentences which begin with the subject are best.
  2. Be concise. Sentences and paragraphs which are short are most easily understood.
  3. Be precise. Don’t say “a lot”; say exactly how many.
  4. Avoid trite expressions and overused phrases.
  5. Avoid the first person. Don’t say “we do this” or “I do that.” The exception to this would be articles for other departments, such as “Ideas That Work.”
  6. Articles should be typed and double-spaced.

Manuscripts submitted for consideration are sent to members of the NFHS Officials Publications Committee. Committee members review the manuscripts, providing comments regarding content, readability, timeliness and newsworthiness. Members then assign the article a numerical rating. This information is taken into consideration by the editor, who will (1) edit the manuscript for publication, (2) return it to the author for revision or (3) suggest another, more appropriate journal to which the article should be submitted.

SEND EDITORIAL MATTER, accompanied by your photo and bio, to Chris Boone, Editor, NFHS Officiating Today Web site. Please send articles electronically with the article attached as a Word document to You can attach the bio as a Word document as well, and photographs can be attached in either jpg or tif format.


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