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Lightning Strikes

During the first day of games at the Vail LAREDO 3 I was working with another trainee and our crew chief, Tim Markham. Tim gave me one of the best pieces of officiating advice I had ever received when we were off the field during a lightning delay. As soon as we suspended the game Tim made a beeline for the nearest covered building. My partner and I waited under the tent for a few minutes to get our gear situated and then went over to where Tim was standing. Tim told us that if we, as the game officials, did not seek cover in a lighting delay we were not being good examples to the players, coaches or parents. He impressed upon me that it was my job to always put safety first and lead by example.

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Statements

I follow very few hard and fast rules when I officiate. I prefer to maintain a high level of adaptability and flexibility so I can appropriately handle whatever situation comes my way. One of the hard rules I follow is that I do not respond to statements from coaches.

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Hustle

My high school coach had a saying: “I don’t care if you make a mistake. So long as you make it going a million miles an hour.” He could not get angry at us if we screwed up as long as we were hustling and running our hardest. This same principle applies to officiating at every level of the game. If coaches see you lazily walking to your position they will make several assumptions. One of the assumptions is that the official on the game does not care about the game. Once that thought is in the coach’s mind, the official will have a difficult time extricating that assumption. Continue reading