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Communication Maintains The Threshold

This is an examination of three separate body checks in one Varsity game from not too long ago with a three-man crew. Region game between two skilled teams that were up and down through the season. It was going to be a good game if both teams showed up with their “A” game. They both played strong and it turned out to be a barn burner of a game with lots of up and down action and some very hard hits. It was a night game under the lights and a very loud crowd for each team. As a ref this is a game you remember for a while because the atmosphere was electric all the way to the final horn. Continue reading

Inconsistency

Before the 2013 season I was interviewed for an article about US Lacrosse’s Officials Education Program to give my take on how the OEP benefits new and experienced officials around the country, especially those in developing areas.

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Mental Prep Work

I think officiating boils down to one major attribute: the ability to stay focused for an extended period of time. The youth officials I’ve trained laugh when I tell them that they are getting paid to pay attention, but that is an accurate observation about what officiating is. I’ve been in games where I mentally blinked, or started daydreaming and suddenly I’ve got a player moaning on the ground with no clue how he got there. I felt bad knowing that I probably missed a major safety violation because I was not paying attention to the game in front of me. After evaluating how I lost my focus I concluded that my game preparation contributed to my hazy mental state in the game, and I resolved to find a way to get focused as an official.

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Putting The Good Behind You

In a game not too long ago my partner and I left the field and discussed what we could have done better. I mentioned I didn’t consistently focus on when a foul would release by looking at the score clock. He mentioned that he wanted to come in bigger on a wiped goal. That was it. We walked off that field and drove out of the parking lot knowing we put out maximal effort as individual officials and showed excellent communication and consistency as a crew.

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