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Old Sun Dec 31, 2006, 04:50pm
JRutledge JRutledge is offline
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Originally Posted by chrs_schuster
I had my 2nd Varsity game last night. First quarter, half way through. My partners seem to not call obvious fouls right in front of them. This continues through til half time. Fans, coaches and players are getting frustrated with the lack control. We did not reach one and one in a girls game.

The fouls were 6 and 5 and I called about 3/4 of them. Halftime, were talking about the first half. My Ps are calm and collect. Saying good half. So I ask if they having anything for me, that they see I need to work on. (they're both 10 years and more, I'm only 3 years) My P says yeah. Try to be more patient with you whistle! Let them play through some of your fouls. Now I might be used to JV ball, but I cant believe that most V officials are like this.

It really affected my game in the second half. It was stuck in my head what he said. I think I blew my whistle about 3 times and 1 was a travel. I'm all for "get in, get done and get out!" BUT! The game was a complete disaster. People screaming all over the place FOUL this! FOUL that! And I got my whistle stuck in my throat! So as a First year Varsity ref, What the hell do you do in this sitch! If I start blowing my whistle all over the place, My Ps would be pissed and start talking and I would never get anymore V games. I Guess "GET IN, GET DONE AND GET OUT' ( I just read my Quote below as I was editing this! How Ironic!!!!!!!!)
Our jobs are to call the obvious. Our jobs are not to call every minor infraction where it is hard to tell what was just called. If you get the big calls, then when you call the minor violation it is easier to believe those calls.

Now you say this is your second varsity game. I am going to guess that you like me and just about every other veteran here at one time was quick to call things and have now slowed down considerably since our first or second varsity game. I know I am much slower and do not call things that I would have called 5 years ago let alone what I would have called almost 10 years ago. I was not there so none of us know what you called or what your partner's called. I will just say that this is a common experience of younger officials breaking into varsity ball. If you want to stay there very much longer, I bet these guys know what it takes and it might be good advice to listen to them on some level.

Let us get into "Good Trouble."
Charles Michael “Mick” Chambers (1947-2010)
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