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Old Mon Nov 10, 2003, 03:50pm
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If you could give ONE piece of advice (wisdom) to a new official what would that be?
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Old Mon Nov 10, 2003, 04:02pm
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Mr. Padgett,

Could you please enlighten this inquisitive Buckeye with your sage advice?
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Old Mon Nov 10, 2003, 04:06pm
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I would simply say, talk to your partners after every game asking them what you can do better. You may get conflicting advice from some. So, use what you think would work for you and throw out the rest.
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Old Mon Nov 10, 2003, 04:20pm
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Communicate with your partner throughout the game. It's the one comment that every parter stressed before every game my first year. As an aside, remember that communication works both ways and hopefully you can learn a lot from the communication you receive from your partner.
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Old Mon Nov 10, 2003, 04:55pm
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ditto what Berry says. Also, get a mentor, preferably a college official who goes to camps.
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Old Mon Nov 10, 2003, 05:19pm
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Stay informed and ask questions. The more you can learn the better. I know that I am still learning every time I walk on the floor.

Use forums like this one, experienced officials (as Bart said, find a mentor), and read publications (Referee Magazine, NFHS Quarterly, and IAABO Sportorials to name a few).

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Old Mon Nov 10, 2003, 05:31pm
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Old Mon Nov 10, 2003, 05:51pm
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Try one of the suggested points from your partner on your next game. That way you are not changing your game consistency from quarter to quarter. Ask your partner to demonstrate what he/she is trying to get across to you. But do remember to only consentrate on one "New Mechanic" every game. You won't get confused as quickly, and by the way have fun! By next season you should be up on all official mechanics, rules and cituations!
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Old Mon Nov 10, 2003, 05:53pm
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Mr. Padgett,

Could you please enlighten this inquisitive Buckeye with your sage advice?
Just leave the fishnets out of it, please...
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Old Mon Nov 10, 2003, 06:26pm
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Make eye contact with your partner(s) before every time you put the ball into play.
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Old Mon Nov 10, 2003, 07:12pm
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Make eye contact with your partner(s) before every time you put the ball into play.

Mark,
Good idea.
Good thought.
I think the order of words needs some reworking.
Maybe a couple more humanities electives ?
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Old Mon Nov 10, 2003, 08:34pm
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A good pice of advice I received my first year was, "You are probably not as good as they say you are...and visa-versa."

[Edited by Mike Burns on Nov 10th, 2003 at 07:36 PM]
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Old Mon Nov 10, 2003, 08:48pm
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A good pice of advice I received my first year was, "You are probably not as good as they say you are...and visa-versa."
You can use this saying beyond basketball reffing. I always use a corollary of it for the teams I coach.

We are never as good as we look when things are going great, and we are never as bad as we look when things are going badly.
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Old Mon Nov 10, 2003, 08:52pm
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This is my second year officiating and I have to agree with everything that has been posted. Also, as the season goes on, do not be afraid to take on a game that may be a little higher than you have been doing. I did a lot of 5th, 6th grade rec league and church league games. In Feburary I took on the local "big time" middle school travel league (kids who will be playing varsity no later than 10th grade) and the level of play made me a better official. Not to mention I worked with some officials who did a lot of high school ball and did this league for extra bucks on the side as opposed to guys who were in the same boat as me in the lower level league.

Lastly, don't take your games home with you. Do not let a missed call or a jerk coach get to you. Reflect and learn from what you go through and use forums like this for advice but do not let a game ruin your day.
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Old Mon Nov 10, 2003, 11:42pm
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Get a mentor.
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