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Aussie Sports CommissionAustralian Sports Commission now offers an Online Officiating Course!

You heard it right - in an effort to ensure their sports officials are properly trained, Australia has now begun offering an online officiating course to their residents! Take a look here.

It appears to be designed similarly to the course offered by ELITE MMA Referees. Per the Australian Sports Commission:  "The course contains three modules, which cover a range of general officiating topics, including ethical responsibilities of officials, preparation for officiating, safety, communication, dealing with conflict and people management. The course takes approximately four hours to complete, and there is assessment included within the course. Officials have six months to complete the course after they register."

Like the Aussie course, our Workshop contains training modules as well. The EMMAR course includes 10 modules in the Referee Course and 11 modules in the Judge's course, all of which provide training in general officiating topics; ethics; safety; communication; event safety and preparations; fouls, injuries and fight income and more.

You know the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers does it. MIT does it (yeah...the Massachusetts Institute of Technology...THAT MIT!), even MixedMartialArt.comdoes it. We at ELITE MMA Referees do it too! We have long thought there to be a lot of value in learning via the Internet. Through our online MMA Referee training and MMA judge's courses, you can learn the basic rules and regulations of MMA. There's really no difference if you physically go to a workshop, or learn the basics online...what you need to learn is the same, and the information is the same.

By taking our course, can you learn how to step in between two fighters as the bell rings at the end of a round, or which side you should be standing on to view the fight you're ref'ing? No - but that sort of thing is hard to teach even if you take a workshop in person, over the period of one or two days. Believe it or not, one day won't make that much difference! Pretty much that sort of knowledge comes with experience. Most athletic commissions will require you shadow licensed ref's or judges, and that you work at amateur shows, in order to gain that type of necessary experience. And that type of shadowing and training is recommended throughout the EMMAR Workshop.

But that's not what this course is all about, nor is the one offered by the Australian Sports Commission. Our online courses have been designed to give students an overview and introduction to the laws, regulations, ethics and best practices of MMA. It's been designed to teach our students, the rules and regulations of an MMA fight.

Most of our students either train or have trained in at least one or more of the martial arts systems that make up MMA, so the combination of our workshop, and their hands-on training, can help to prepare them to step into the ring or up to the judge's table and officiate MMA fights. Some of our students have never trained in martial arts at all, but are MMA fans who just want to learn how MMA works and what the rules are...and that's okay too! They won't become ref's or judge's, but they can use that knowledge for personal reasons...or to show off to their friends.

And I don't know about you, but we figure if an online training course for ring officials is good enough for an entire country, like Australia, then it's good enough for...well, an entire country, like America! Of course - we started it first. To get started in ref'ing or judging MMA fights, go
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Boxing vs. MMA - who has the better referees?

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In Part 4 of his Boxing vs. MMA series, R.C. Speck says he feels that boxing "has a greater potential to fail than MMA. Conversely, MMA has a greater likelihood for thrilling, competitive fights than does boxing." The reason? Because "MMA gives referees fewer excuses to insert himself into a fight. And that, generally, is a good thing."

Speck speculates there are 3 reasons for the epic failing of boxing referees vs MMA ref's: 1) Referees are often forced to make on-the-spot irreversible judgment calls; 2) Referees are given wiggle room; and 3) Referees face the temptation of making the fight about them rather than the fighters.

Speck also says that "In many ways, the MMA referee have similar functions to the boxing referee" but since an MMA referee has a whole lot less to do, while there have been referee fails in MMA as well, " stands to reason that with fewer reasons to get between the fighters, there are fewer fails in MMA." He then lists the egregious calls made by an MMA ref, who happened to be referee Jon Schorle in each situation: 1) the Bobby Lashley-Chad Griggs heavyweight fight from 2010; and 2) the welterweight fight between Rob McCollough and Olaf Alonso in 2006.

What do you think - are boxing ref's worse than MMA ref's, better, or about the same? To see his reasoning, please read the entire article here.

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Dana White on Refereeing and Judging in MMA

Recently, UFC® President Dana White shared his views on Refereeing and Judging in MMA:

"One of the big problems that we have is judging and reffing," said White. "It's one of the things that drives me crazy and attention needs to be paid to scoring and ref'ing."

Agreed.  That's the whole reason we created ELITE MMA Referees and Judges! Go here to learn more.

Dana further says: "First of all, it affects guy's careers as far as legacies go. Jon Jones? Jon Jones should be undefeated right now but he's not; he's got a loss on his record and there's tons of guys in the UFC that have those. There's guys who have absolutely, clearly won fights and they have lost on the judges' scorecards."

Agreed Dana - and again, as you always say, if you don't want that to happen, "don't leave your fight in the hands of the judges." But NOT because they don't know what they're doing...but because judges can only call what they see. So if a fighter's back is to them, and his opponent is on top doing some ground and pound but those strikes are getting blocked...most likely the judge is going to give credit to the fighter on top. It's what he sees. You don't want that? Submit or KO your opponent.

"Nobody's perfect. There's always gonna be problems. But the judging and the reffing is so bad in mixed martial arts, it it it's...uhhhh it drives me crazy!!! The fans hate it too and it hurts the sport. These athletic commissions really need to tighten up and start working on educating their refs and judges."

Again - we agree that ref's and judges need to be better educated. If you're experienced in at least one or more of the martial arts that make up MMA, and you want to learn the basics of the Rules and Regulations of MMA, even if you don't want to get your Ref or Judge's license, go here to learn more. You can still take the online course and see what's required of ref's and judges!


Jason Kidd fined $25,000 for criticizing officiating in an NBA game earlier this week

Jason Kidd is fined $25,000 by the NBAIn a move never seen in MMA, Dallas Mavericks guard, Jason Kidd, was fined $25,000 for supposedly publicly slamming NBA officials earlier in the week. The fine was announced by Stu Jackson, the league's executive vice president of basketball operations. Kidd was fined for comments made to the media on Monday following the Mavericks 95-91 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Apparently, it's been reported that after the locker room had cleared out of all players except Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki, a reporter asked Kidd what he said to referees after Ian Mahinmi was called for a highly questionable sixth foul during the final minute of the game. Kidd said: "He didn't foul him! That was a bad call. Clean block."

The reporter then asked about the free throw disparity (33 for OKC to 10 for Dallas), and Kidd replied: "It's been like that all year. We don't get the benefit of the whistle."

Kidd was asked if it seem strange, given that the Mavericks are defending NBA champions? He relied: "Yeah, but I don't think we're looked upon as defending champions," he said. "That's a whole 'nother story."

"What do you mean?" asked the reporter. "Dirk, he should live at the line, if they would call it the way it's supposed to," Kidd said. "But he doesn't."

Amazingly, even though Kidd's comments occurred almost 30 minutes after the Mavericks' loss in Oklahoma City, and no one was around to hear them except one reporter and a teammate, it was enough to get him fined.

Really? Fined $25k for that? It just sounds like he's offering his point of view, based on questions that were asked of him - it's not like he spouted off and went media-blitz-crazy, slamming, as it's been reported, the refs.

Can you imagine the fines that would be levied in MMA, if the NBA was in charge? 

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