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Strategies for Starting Off and Coming Back

A few years ago I started a small tradition in the 2nd-4th year GLOA officials training class. Once everyone gets settled into the classroom I ask all the new second year officials to stand up. Once they’re all standing the third and fourth year officials and GLOA trainers congratulate them for surviving their rookie season and coming back for another round. It’s a small gesture, but a powerful one that tells all of the former rookies that everyone else in the room has been where they were. Acknowledging the always-difficult first season brings these second year officials deeper into the fold of the officiating brotherhood at the GLOA, which helps us retain more of our less experienced officials and turn them into more experienced officials.

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Camaraderie

Officiating provides a great foundation for strong friendships across wide distances and over long periods of time. Two summers ago I went out to the 2012 Vail Shootout for a LAREDO 3 officiating camp where I met several officials from all over the country. Four days of working and living with these officials started good friendships that we maintained after leaving for home. We did keep one standing order: keep everyone posted on tournaments near our homes as we all traveled. I was fortunate enough to visit my sister in Manhattan this summer while I was on a work trip, and two of my buddies from Vail, Pat Finn and Dave DuBan told me that there was a tournament at Rutgers. I extended my trip and planned to crash on Dave’s couch for the weekend.

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