On this webinar we talk about international officiating with Jan ter Harmsel, who runs the Dutch Referee Blog. His experience in the world of international refereeing teaches us about the excitement – and struggles – of taking local skills on the road.
Jan ter Harmsel
Jan ter Harmsel is a soccer referee from the Netherlands who has run the Dutch Referee Blog for the past 10 years, where he offers a variety of english-language materials to teach new referees and to help veterans brush up on their skills. These materials include blog posts, where he analyzes contemporary issues regarding soccer, interviews with other notable referees, case studies of law changes, and much more. A recent notable appearance was during the U19 Cup Netherlands, where he refereed a second round match.
Ryan Christian is a Silbo community manager & 8-year Division I basketball and baseball official. He has also served twenty years with the City of Raleigh Parks & Recreation’s Athletic Dept.
Brendan Szulik is the co-founder and CEO of Silbo, a digital marketplace connecting qualified sports officials to amateur sports games. He is the author of Whistleblower, which reveals the harsh truths of the amateur officiating industry and sheds light on the technologies, policies, and solutions that will make amateur sports officiating more accessible, enjoyable, and sustainable.
He resides in North Carolina, where he has officiated basketball, lacrosse, softball, and baseball for nearly a decade.
He graduated with distinction from Duke University; is a member of Phi Beta Kappa; and holds an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a frequent speaker and presenter on the officiating and youth sports industries, sportsmanship, and entrepreneurship.