When I started officiated I knew nothing about it beyond my regular critiques of professional sports officials on TV. When I first stepped onto the field I thought it was my job to catch every infraction that occurred and to correct bad behavior from players, coaches and fans. Some very good officials at the GLOA saw some promise in me and quickly stepped in with some useful advice. Mainly they wanted me to worry less about what was said to me and worry more about the safety calls in front of me.
Officiating is not immune to the human condition. Even though everyone associated with the game expects the crew to be perfect it is never going to happen. To be fair, no player or coach has ever played or coached perfectly, but no one cares about those mistakes. Our mistakes get talked about at the office water cooler and lampooned by commentators if you are officiating in front of a national audience. We cannot eliminate all mistakes, but we can cut down on their frequency if we are honest with ourselves and each other about the on-field mistakes that we make. I cannot speak for other officials, but I can talk about the different mistakes I’ve made over my career. Hopefully, putting my mistakes out in the open will help other officials when they hit the field.