Smart Pricing Dynamically Adjusts Game Fees to Balance Demand for Games

RALEIGH, N.C, June 25, 2020 — Silbo, Inc., provider of the leading sports officiating automation platform, Go Silbo™, today announced the launch of Silbo Smart Pricing. Smart Pricing dynamically adjusts game fees based on region-specific data like date, time, location, workload capacity, and other factors. By adjusting game fees to better balance demand for games, Silbo has already seen 50% higher fulfillment rates without increasing leagues’ budgets.

“Smart Pricing is the first machine learning algorithm that ensures sports officials maximize their earning potential,” said Paul Dorney, CTO & co-founder of Silbo. “It allows officials to receive the best pay during…


Kickball is growing in popularity, especially as an adult recreational sport. Copying a good chunk of the ruleset over from baseball, kickball is an easy sport for baseball and softball umpires to pick up and is typically pretty approachable for new sports officials as well. The umpire gear also overlaps a lot with baseball and softball, just absent the protective equipment.

Typically kickball umpires wear a black cap, a black umpire shirt, gray pants, a black belt, and black sneakers. Optional gear includes black shorts for hotter days and an umpire indicator to more easily track balls and strikes. …


Partnership with Sports Official Gear Provider Makes It Easier for New Referees and Umpires to Get Started

RALEIGH, N.C, June 3, 2020 — Silbo, Inc., provider of the leading Go Silbo™ platform connecting sports officials and amateur sports leagues, announced a partnership with Ump-Attire.com. Ump-Attire.com is the number one provider of umpire and referee gear and apparel, and is offering all Silbo users a 5% discount when they use the code SILBO5.

“Partnering with Ump-Attire.com makes it easier for new and current officials to download the Go Silbo app, get the uniforms and equipment they need, and get out on the field,” said Brendan Szulik, CEO & co-founder of Silbo. …


The gave states the option of extending unemployment compensation to independent contractors, including sports officials , and other workers who are ordinarily ineligible for unemployment benefits. It was signed into law on March 27, 2020, but nearly 2 months later, many still haven’t received their benefits .

If you’re still waiting on benefits, you’re not alone. Not all states provided figures, but according to Bloomberg News, at least 5 million initial claims filed were yet to be paid and it’s estimated that that number is much higher. According to Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, just 60%…


With games delayed due to COVID-19, we switched up how we determined Ref of the Month for April. To decide our winners, we held a writing contest. First place wins $100, second wins $50, third wins $25 and fourth wins $15. We received many great entries, but there could only be 4 winners. After much debate, we selected the following:

1st PlaceIntegrity is Integral by Justin Robinson

2nd PlaceWhy do I officiate? by Frank Felicelli

3rd PlaceUntitled by Will Siegel

4th PlaceCompetition at its Worst by Benji Gold

Read their submissions below…


Sports Official App Provides Access to 450 Million Spanish Speakers Around the World

RALEIGH, N.C, April 22, 2020 — Silbo, Inc., provider of the leading Go Silbo™ platform connecting sports officials and amateur sports leagues, announced the release of a Spanish-language version of its mobile app for both iOS and Android. The Spanish version is the latest step in fulfilling the company’s mission to grow and expand the available talent pool for sports officiating opportunities.

Paul Dorney, co-founder and CTO of Silbo, said, “The industry of amateur sports officiating has been in decline for decades because of unnecessary barriers and closed doors. There’s been limited access to games for non-English speakers. Amateur sports…


With all sports canceled for the foreseeable future, we know that referees and umpires are missing out on important income. We want to make you aware of resources that could help you through these trying times.

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes unemployment insurance for contractors which we know many sports officials are.

Specifically, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides emergency support for workers who are left out of their state’s standard unemployment coverage, workers who have already exhausted those benefits or workers who are unable to work due to certain circumstances caused by the coronavirus…


Officiating Automation Platform Expands Offering to Empower Officials Off the Field

RALEIGH, N.C, April 2, 2020 — Silbo, Inc., the leading global platform for sports officials and sports leagues, announced today a new webinar series for sports officials and amateur athletic leagues. The series’ 6 webinars provide continuing education to officials and game providers as sports remain postponed by COVID-19. The webinars will be hosted by Brendan Szulik, CEO & co-founder of Silbo, as well as Ryan Christian, Silbo community manager & 8-year Division I basketball and baseball official. Guest panelists include NBA officials, MLS officials, college officials, and more.

Szulik shared, “These are the first webinars of their type for…


As the amateur sports industry assesses the post-COVID landscape, I feel it important to ask administrators how they’ll procure officials for their games. We will likely see a massive volume of games get played in a very short period of time, as teams and athletes rush to get back on the field. Administrators, who were already taxed for time, will now face an onslaught of registration, scheduling, customer satisfaction calls, and more.

With this in mind, I believe administrators should reassess their referee management processes. …


The National Federation of State High School Associations has opened up their Learning Center to the public for free through July 1st.

These free digital training courses will provide you the foundation to become an official or level up with a new sport. All of these training courses can be put to use on the Silbo platform to start earning $$ once the seasons restart.

Below we have provided step by step instructions on how to access and complete the training as well as upload your certification onto the Silbo app.

Step 1: General Training (Mandatory for new officials, recommended…

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