HMA Public Relations president Scott Hanson has always been involved in sports. He played football, baseball and wrestled in high school. He’s worked in television as a sportscaster. And for well over 25 years, he’s served as a baseball umpire and a football referee for area high school games.
Raising Arizona Kids sports writer and Phoenix attorney Dan Barr spoke with Hanson about which sports are the most mentally taxing for officials, why coaches clue in officials on the details of their team’s trick plays and the work that goes in to preparing for a game.
Read the related story to find out how Hanson keeps physically fit for the different roles of baseball umpire and football referee, what he’s observed about changes in youth sports over the last three decades and what parents and coaches fail to understand about the job of a sports official.