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Garrett Dickerson: Football Official, Online Entre

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The ROTFPodcast is a resource for officials to connect with other officials as they strive to hone their craft and officiate a better game today than they did yesterday.

Latest Episodes

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 12: Garrett Dickerson - 5 Things All Officials Should Do During the Season

In the twelfth episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, and final episode of the inaugural season, Garrett Dickerson highlights the success ofthe show. He takes time to thank his listeners and his guests for the first season and gives them the credit for any success the show has had as a resource for football officials.With the offseason coming to an end, it is time to get into game mode and make sure the hard work completed in the offseason pays off. If officials are going to continue to get better during the season, theyhave to have a plan. A football season can feel like a long season at times. To overcome these feelings, Garrett presents 5 things all officials at any level should do to get better and to maintain focus during the entire course of a season.1. Personalize Your Priorities2. Document Diligently3. Be Honest with Yourself4. Persistently Prepare5. Savor the SnapsIf you have any ideas for the next season of the Ruling on the Field, email those ideas or comments to Garrett at garrett@rulingonthefield.com.Best of luck in the upcoming season!

12 MIN2015 AUG 8
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 12: Garrett Dickerson - 5 Things All Officials Should Do During the Season

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 11: SAA Official Greg Morgan Jr.-Splitting Time Between High School and College

In the eleventh episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, Garrett Dickerson discusses with SAA and OVC official, GregMorgan Jr., about how to split time between the high school and college levels of football.Greg has had the opportunity to learn from a lot of great officials, and during the show he provides some clarity to the dilemma of managing multiple rule books and multiple sets of mechanics in an effort to get better and advancing to higher levels of officiating. As officials advance, many have to learn to balance multiple levels of the game and determine how to efficiently and effectively transition from level to level.To become effective with the college rule book, you have to first be effective in the high school rule book. But eventually, every official will need to decide what direction he or she wants to go with their career. There’s no one way that is better than the other, but that decision will need to be made in order to put a quality plan in place to be the best official you can be.The final topic discussed with Greg is how to transition focus from Friday to Saturday. Effective transition from Friday night to Saturday doesn’t happen in the 12 hours between games on the weekend. Effective transition occurs between Monday and Thursday and the steps of preparation that occur during the week.

25 MIN2015 JUL 25
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 11: SAA Official Greg Morgan Jr.-Splitting Time Between High School and College

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 10: SAC Officials, Brent Eubanks and Daniel Ingram -Model Rules Study Group

In the tenth episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, Garrett Dickerson discusses with SAC officials, Brent Eubanks and Daniel Ingram, how to coordinate and participate in a rules study session. Both Brent and Daniel each give the listeners of the Ruling on the Field their own unique perspectives on how to effectively and efficiently be involved in sessions to get the most out of studying with other officials.During the show Garrett, Brent, and Daniel take NCAA rules and model how to go through a study session using Russ Pulley's system of study while looking at three different play scenarios each coming from one of the three main parts of a football game; the kicking game, running game, and passing game.If you would like to read along with the scenarios as they are discussed, the scenarios are in written form below. In the scenarios, the A team is the Offense and the B team is the Defense.Scenario 1 A, Free Kick, A-35.Team A trails 20-21 with 0:06 in the 4th quarter and is lined up in an onside kick formation.A6 kicks the ball into the ground and the ball arcs high towards the sideline.A28 jumps from the field of play and bats the ball forward at the A-44 in order to keep it from going out-of-bounds. There were no Team B players in the vicinity when the ball is batted. B88 falls on the ball at the B-44. Scenario 2 A, 2/7, A-23.A12 drops back and throws a screen pass from the A-18 to A32.The ball bounces of A32’s hands into the air at the A-21 and it is caught by A66 at the A-22.A66 runs the ball to the A-31. Scenario 3 A, 2/8, B-28.A32 takes the handoff and runs to the B-10 and fumbles.B50 recovers at the B-9 and while trying to elude Team A players retreats back into his own end zone and is tackled.A70 clips B48 at the B-6 during B50’s run.

30 MIN2015 JUN 27
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 10: SAC Officials, Brent Eubanks and Daniel Ingram -Model Rules Study Group

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 9: Mid-South Referee, David White - 2015 NCAA Rules Changes

In the ninth episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, Garrett Dickerson discusses with Mid-South Referee, David White, the NCAA Rules Changes for the 2015 season.David doesn't just review the changes to the rules. He gives the listeners of the Ruling on the Field insight into the philosophy behind the changes by connecting the changes to the historical context and offensive style of the game.Each rule is broken down and discussed with respect to the evolution of the rules and changes to the game in response to the constant struggle between the offensive and defensive strategies that seek to bring balance to the game.Even if you aren't a football official, but you are just a college football enthusiast that loves to stay up on the evolution of the game, you will love this episode of the Ruling on the Field.If you haven't had the opportunity to look at the NCAApublished Rules Changes for the upcoming season, use the links below to view these published changes to follow along with David during the episode.2015 NCAA Rules ChangesOverbuild Facemask Examples

36 MIN2015 JUN 13
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 9: Mid-South Referee, David White - 2015 NCAA Rules Changes

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 8: TSSAA Referee, Greg Morgan Sr.-2015 High School Rules Changes

In the eighth episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, Garrett Dickerson discusses with TSSAA Referee, Greg Morgan Sr., the NFHS Rules Changes for the 2015 season. Greg doesn't just review the changes to the rules. He gives the listeners of the Ruling on the Field insight into the philosophy behind the changes by connecting the changes to the Points of Emphasis in the high school game.Greg breaks down each new rule and discusses it in the context of the historical changes to the game in response to changes in techniques coached, player development, and the need to minimize the risk involved in playing the sport. When the rules are enforced appropriately and the game is played correctly, the spirit, safety, and excitement of the best sport ever played will surely endure.Even if you aren't a football official, but you are just a high school sports enthusiast that loves to stay up on the evolution of the game, you will love this episode of the Ruling on the Field.If you haven't had the opportunity to look at the NFHS (www.NFHS.org) published Rules Changes or the Points of Emphasis for the upcoming high school season, use the links below to view these published changes to follow along with Greg during the episode.2015 Points of Emphasis 2015 Rules Changes

35 MIN2015 MAY 30
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 8: TSSAA Referee, Greg Morgan Sr.-2015 High School Rules Changes

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 7: SEC Umpire, Russ Pulley-How to Breakdown the Rule Book and Approach Rules Quizzes

Garrett Dickerson's Ruling on the Field Podcast is centrally focused on providing an ongoing resource that would help officials connect with other officials in the art of football rules knowledge, philosophy, study, and on-field application with entertainment and educational value.

36 MIN2015 MAY 16
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 7: SEC Umpire, Russ Pulley-How to Breakdown the Rule Book and Approach Rules Quizzes

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 6: SEC Head Linesman, Lane Thomas-The Importance of In-Game Foul Reporting

In the sixth episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, Garrett Dickerson discusses with SEC Head Linesman, Lane Thomas, the changes that have occurred in SEC during his tenure and how in-game foul reporting should be used to better crews and officials in how they make their rulings on the field.Lane provides a first-hand, behind the scenes look at how crews document fouls throughout a game and discussions that are had during and after the game in order to effectively report what has occurred. He outlines the best practices for completing foul reports and how officials should communicate with accuracy of the report being paramount in the world of officiating today.Lane also draws a conclusion for officials at any level in this episode. Foul reports can and should be used to critique and evaluate officials in the interest of becoming better today than we were yesterday.If you have any questions or comments about the episode email, Garrett at garrett@rulingonthefield.com or reaching out to him through Twitter @ROTFGarrett. Listeners can also connect with the show through Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ to receive updates about the show and to see what other officials are saying about the show as they listen.

26 MIN2015 MAY 2
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 6: SEC Head Linesman, Lane Thomas-The Importance of In-Game Foul Reporting

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 5: SEC Field Judge, Greg Thomas-Growing Up in an Officiating Family Shapes Philosophy

In the fifth episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, Garrett Dickerson discusses with SEC Field Judge, Greg Thomas, the tripod of skills that make a good official - rules, mechanics, and philosophy. Greg's unique experience of growing up with his dad officiating in the SEC and currently officiating alongside his brother in the SEC has shaped Greg's philosophy and appreciation for the game.Greg encourages officials at every level listening to the Ruling on the Field Podcast to take his experience with his dad and brother and find a similar relationship with an officiating mentor.Greg also emphasizes the importance of being able to manage the sideline and communicate effectively with coaches and players in order to properly administer the game. Seeing techniques his dad used as his mentor has helped him maximize his ability on the field.Officials listening to the Ruling on the Field Podcast obtain insight into what officials at the highest level view as quality officiating. Being able to be a deliberate observer of a play and holding a flag based on a thorough understanding of the intent of a rule and demonstrating a sound philosophy is more impressive than technically calling every foul they see. This type of sound philosophy goes a long way in moving officials to level they desire to officiate. Greg points out that "moving up" is a novel goal, but desiring to be better is a more sound end goal to get officials where they desire to be in their officiating career.Greg's parting thought for the listeners of the Ruling on the Field podcast is centered on the integrity of the game. He charges all officials with the task of upholding our three purposes for being on the field - to make sure the game is fair, safe, and played with sportsmanship.Listeners of the Ruling on the Field podcast can email Garrett at garrett@rulingonthefield.com.

23 MIN2015 APR 18
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 5: SEC Field Judge, Greg Thomas-Growing Up in an Officiating Family Shapes Philosophy

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 4: Jay Brown-Getting Better Downfield

If you have questions or comments about the fourth episode of the Ruling on the Field podcast, you can email Garrett at garrett@rulingonthefield.com or through Twitter by utilizing #ROTFEpisode4.In the fourth episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, Garrett discusses with Back Judge, Jay Brown, specific practices for getting better downfield. Jay and Garrett look at the importance ofpre-snap routines, understanding and using keys, and how mechanics put officials in the best position to see what they need to see to officiate effectively. Jay addresses how his philosophy for downfield calls has evolved as he has progressed in his career and the similarities and differences to 5-man and 7-man mechanics from the perspective of a downfield official.While Jay offers his point-of-view from his latest position as a deep official, he guides the listeners of Ruling on the Field through his pre-snap routine and approach to mechanics and philosophy that resinate with officials at every level in every position on the field. No matter where you work, in the offensive backfield as a referee or in the trenches with the knuckle draggers as an umpire, you will find insight in Jay's thoughts you can apply to get better as an official.During the show, Garrett announces the Ruling on the Field Podcast is now available through iTunes and the app Stitcher. You can find the show with the links below.iTunes StitcherIf you have not connected with the show through social media, utilize the links below to Like Us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Google+.Facebook Twitter Google+

29 MIN2015 APR 4
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 4: Jay Brown-Getting Better Downfield

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 3: Matt Nicks-Offseason Study Programs for All Levels of Officiating

Garrett Dickerson's Ruling on the Field Podcast is centrally focused on providing an ongoing resource that would help officials connect with other officials in the art of football rules knowledge, philosophy, study, and on-field application with entertainment and educational value.

24 MIN2015 MAR 21
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 3: Matt Nicks-Offseason Study Programs for All Levels of Officiating

Latest Episodes

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 12: Garrett Dickerson - 5 Things All Officials Should Do During the Season

In the twelfth episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, and final episode of the inaugural season, Garrett Dickerson highlights the success ofthe show. He takes time to thank his listeners and his guests for the first season and gives them the credit for any success the show has had as a resource for football officials.With the offseason coming to an end, it is time to get into game mode and make sure the hard work completed in the offseason pays off. If officials are going to continue to get better during the season, theyhave to have a plan. A football season can feel like a long season at times. To overcome these feelings, Garrett presents 5 things all officials at any level should do to get better and to maintain focus during the entire course of a season.1. Personalize Your Priorities2. Document Diligently3. Be Honest with Yourself4. Persistently Prepare5. Savor the SnapsIf you have any ideas for the next season of the Ruling on the Field, email those ideas or comments to Garrett at garrett@rulingonthefield.com.Best of luck in the upcoming season!

12 MIN2015 AUG 8
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 12: Garrett Dickerson - 5 Things All Officials Should Do During the Season

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 11: SAA Official Greg Morgan Jr.-Splitting Time Between High School and College

In the eleventh episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, Garrett Dickerson discusses with SAA and OVC official, GregMorgan Jr., about how to split time between the high school and college levels of football.Greg has had the opportunity to learn from a lot of great officials, and during the show he provides some clarity to the dilemma of managing multiple rule books and multiple sets of mechanics in an effort to get better and advancing to higher levels of officiating. As officials advance, many have to learn to balance multiple levels of the game and determine how to efficiently and effectively transition from level to level.To become effective with the college rule book, you have to first be effective in the high school rule book. But eventually, every official will need to decide what direction he or she wants to go with their career. There’s no one way that is better than the other, but that decision will need to be made in order to put a quality plan in place to be the best official you can be.The final topic discussed with Greg is how to transition focus from Friday to Saturday. Effective transition from Friday night to Saturday doesn’t happen in the 12 hours between games on the weekend. Effective transition occurs between Monday and Thursday and the steps of preparation that occur during the week.

25 MIN2015 JUL 25
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 11: SAA Official Greg Morgan Jr.-Splitting Time Between High School and College

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 10: SAC Officials, Brent Eubanks and Daniel Ingram -Model Rules Study Group

In the tenth episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, Garrett Dickerson discusses with SAC officials, Brent Eubanks and Daniel Ingram, how to coordinate and participate in a rules study session. Both Brent and Daniel each give the listeners of the Ruling on the Field their own unique perspectives on how to effectively and efficiently be involved in sessions to get the most out of studying with other officials.During the show Garrett, Brent, and Daniel take NCAA rules and model how to go through a study session using Russ Pulley's system of study while looking at three different play scenarios each coming from one of the three main parts of a football game; the kicking game, running game, and passing game.If you would like to read along with the scenarios as they are discussed, the scenarios are in written form below. In the scenarios, the A team is the Offense and the B team is the Defense.Scenario 1 A, Free Kick, A-35.Team A trails 20-21 with 0:06 in the 4th quarter and is lined up in an onside kick formation.A6 kicks the ball into the ground and the ball arcs high towards the sideline.A28 jumps from the field of play and bats the ball forward at the A-44 in order to keep it from going out-of-bounds. There were no Team B players in the vicinity when the ball is batted. B88 falls on the ball at the B-44. Scenario 2 A, 2/7, A-23.A12 drops back and throws a screen pass from the A-18 to A32.The ball bounces of A32’s hands into the air at the A-21 and it is caught by A66 at the A-22.A66 runs the ball to the A-31. Scenario 3 A, 2/8, B-28.A32 takes the handoff and runs to the B-10 and fumbles.B50 recovers at the B-9 and while trying to elude Team A players retreats back into his own end zone and is tackled.A70 clips B48 at the B-6 during B50’s run.

30 MIN2015 JUN 27
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 10: SAC Officials, Brent Eubanks and Daniel Ingram -Model Rules Study Group

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 9: Mid-South Referee, David White - 2015 NCAA Rules Changes

In the ninth episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, Garrett Dickerson discusses with Mid-South Referee, David White, the NCAA Rules Changes for the 2015 season.David doesn't just review the changes to the rules. He gives the listeners of the Ruling on the Field insight into the philosophy behind the changes by connecting the changes to the historical context and offensive style of the game.Each rule is broken down and discussed with respect to the evolution of the rules and changes to the game in response to the constant struggle between the offensive and defensive strategies that seek to bring balance to the game.Even if you aren't a football official, but you are just a college football enthusiast that loves to stay up on the evolution of the game, you will love this episode of the Ruling on the Field.If you haven't had the opportunity to look at the NCAApublished Rules Changes for the upcoming season, use the links below to view these published changes to follow along with David during the episode.2015 NCAA Rules ChangesOverbuild Facemask Examples

36 MIN2015 JUN 13
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 9: Mid-South Referee, David White - 2015 NCAA Rules Changes

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 8: TSSAA Referee, Greg Morgan Sr.-2015 High School Rules Changes

In the eighth episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, Garrett Dickerson discusses with TSSAA Referee, Greg Morgan Sr., the NFHS Rules Changes for the 2015 season. Greg doesn't just review the changes to the rules. He gives the listeners of the Ruling on the Field insight into the philosophy behind the changes by connecting the changes to the Points of Emphasis in the high school game.Greg breaks down each new rule and discusses it in the context of the historical changes to the game in response to changes in techniques coached, player development, and the need to minimize the risk involved in playing the sport. When the rules are enforced appropriately and the game is played correctly, the spirit, safety, and excitement of the best sport ever played will surely endure.Even if you aren't a football official, but you are just a high school sports enthusiast that loves to stay up on the evolution of the game, you will love this episode of the Ruling on the Field.If you haven't had the opportunity to look at the NFHS (www.NFHS.org) published Rules Changes or the Points of Emphasis for the upcoming high school season, use the links below to view these published changes to follow along with Greg during the episode.2015 Points of Emphasis 2015 Rules Changes

35 MIN2015 MAY 30
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 8: TSSAA Referee, Greg Morgan Sr.-2015 High School Rules Changes

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 7: SEC Umpire, Russ Pulley-How to Breakdown the Rule Book and Approach Rules Quizzes

Garrett Dickerson's Ruling on the Field Podcast is centrally focused on providing an ongoing resource that would help officials connect with other officials in the art of football rules knowledge, philosophy, study, and on-field application with entertainment and educational value.

36 MIN2015 MAY 16
Comments
Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 7: SEC Umpire, Russ Pulley-How to Breakdown the Rule Book and Approach Rules Quizzes

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 6: SEC Head Linesman, Lane Thomas-The Importance of In-Game Foul Reporting

In the sixth episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, Garrett Dickerson discusses with SEC Head Linesman, Lane Thomas, the changes that have occurred in SEC during his tenure and how in-game foul reporting should be used to better crews and officials in how they make their rulings on the field.Lane provides a first-hand, behind the scenes look at how crews document fouls throughout a game and discussions that are had during and after the game in order to effectively report what has occurred. He outlines the best practices for completing foul reports and how officials should communicate with accuracy of the report being paramount in the world of officiating today.Lane also draws a conclusion for officials at any level in this episode. Foul reports can and should be used to critique and evaluate officials in the interest of becoming better today than we were yesterday.If you have any questions or comments about the episode email, Garrett at garrett@rulingonthefield.com or reaching out to him through Twitter @ROTFGarrett. Listeners can also connect with the show through Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ to receive updates about the show and to see what other officials are saying about the show as they listen.

26 MIN2015 MAY 2
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 6: SEC Head Linesman, Lane Thomas-The Importance of In-Game Foul Reporting

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 5: SEC Field Judge, Greg Thomas-Growing Up in an Officiating Family Shapes Philosophy

In the fifth episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, Garrett Dickerson discusses with SEC Field Judge, Greg Thomas, the tripod of skills that make a good official - rules, mechanics, and philosophy. Greg's unique experience of growing up with his dad officiating in the SEC and currently officiating alongside his brother in the SEC has shaped Greg's philosophy and appreciation for the game.Greg encourages officials at every level listening to the Ruling on the Field Podcast to take his experience with his dad and brother and find a similar relationship with an officiating mentor.Greg also emphasizes the importance of being able to manage the sideline and communicate effectively with coaches and players in order to properly administer the game. Seeing techniques his dad used as his mentor has helped him maximize his ability on the field.Officials listening to the Ruling on the Field Podcast obtain insight into what officials at the highest level view as quality officiating. Being able to be a deliberate observer of a play and holding a flag based on a thorough understanding of the intent of a rule and demonstrating a sound philosophy is more impressive than technically calling every foul they see. This type of sound philosophy goes a long way in moving officials to level they desire to officiate. Greg points out that "moving up" is a novel goal, but desiring to be better is a more sound end goal to get officials where they desire to be in their officiating career.Greg's parting thought for the listeners of the Ruling on the Field podcast is centered on the integrity of the game. He charges all officials with the task of upholding our three purposes for being on the field - to make sure the game is fair, safe, and played with sportsmanship.Listeners of the Ruling on the Field podcast can email Garrett at garrett@rulingonthefield.com.

23 MIN2015 APR 18
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 5: SEC Field Judge, Greg Thomas-Growing Up in an Officiating Family Shapes Philosophy

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 4: Jay Brown-Getting Better Downfield

If you have questions or comments about the fourth episode of the Ruling on the Field podcast, you can email Garrett at garrett@rulingonthefield.com or through Twitter by utilizing #ROTFEpisode4.In the fourth episode of the Ruling on the Field Podcast, Garrett discusses with Back Judge, Jay Brown, specific practices for getting better downfield. Jay and Garrett look at the importance ofpre-snap routines, understanding and using keys, and how mechanics put officials in the best position to see what they need to see to officiate effectively. Jay addresses how his philosophy for downfield calls has evolved as he has progressed in his career and the similarities and differences to 5-man and 7-man mechanics from the perspective of a downfield official.While Jay offers his point-of-view from his latest position as a deep official, he guides the listeners of Ruling on the Field through his pre-snap routine and approach to mechanics and philosophy that resinate with officials at every level in every position on the field. No matter where you work, in the offensive backfield as a referee or in the trenches with the knuckle draggers as an umpire, you will find insight in Jay's thoughts you can apply to get better as an official.During the show, Garrett announces the Ruling on the Field Podcast is now available through iTunes and the app Stitcher. You can find the show with the links below.iTunes StitcherIf you have not connected with the show through social media, utilize the links below to Like Us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Google+.Facebook Twitter Google+

29 MIN2015 APR 4
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 4: Jay Brown-Getting Better Downfield

Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 3: Matt Nicks-Offseason Study Programs for All Levels of Officiating

Garrett Dickerson's Ruling on the Field Podcast is centrally focused on providing an ongoing resource that would help officials connect with other officials in the art of football rules knowledge, philosophy, study, and on-field application with entertainment and educational value.

24 MIN2015 MAR 21
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Ruling on the Field Podcast Episode 3: Matt Nicks-Offseason Study Programs for All Levels of Officiating
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