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Old Mon Feb 26, 2007, 02:44pm
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Why do you officiate?

Interesting article about Massachusetts officials and how they got into the game and why they continue to officiate, from the South Boston Enterprise:
http://www.enterprisenews.com/articl...s/sports03.txt

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When he started officiating high school basketball games in the 1970s, Billy McGowan didn't envision himself staying with it for an extended period of time.

“Never. No way,” said the Taunton resident, now in his 37th year as a referee. “But it's something that just gets in your blood after you do it long enough. It's like playing, so to speak. You want to keep doing it.”

Don Fredericks of Stoughton knew he couldn't walk away from sports after finishing his coaching career at Braintree High School, so he became a basketball official in 1992.

“I couldn't just do nothing,” said the 62-year-old Fredericks. “The next step for me was officiating. I had the knowledge. My strength was in running a game. It's a wonderful profession. I love it.”

Abington native Jim Rourke was an offensive lineman for three teams in the NFL after playing at Boston College.

After retiring from the pro ranks, Rourke served as an assistant football coach at Boston College High and Curry College before turning to officiating.

“It's a great way of being associated with sports but not coaching it,” said Rourke, who has been a basketball official for 10 years. “You do it because you love sports. It's a way of helping kids. You do it because you feel like you're giving back something.”
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When he started officiating high school basketball games in the 1970s, Billy McGowan didn't envision himself staying with it for an extended period of time.
Is this our BillyMac?
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Old Mon Feb 26, 2007, 04:21pm
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It's a very nice read. But I'd like to answer the question.

I officiate because I love basketball. I played in high school. I played rec league. I went into coaching when my son was a 7th grader. I coached for 11 years. I filmed games, I ran the clock, I did the books. I owned a team for 2 years ( rec league ). then they closed my high school. I wanted to stay involved. So, I thought, I'll become the only honest referee out there ( because as a coach, I hated referees. ) Now being a referee for 7 years, I love refereeing and I see better that referees don't care who wins ( I thought they did ) and they are just doing the bets job that they can. I know that's what I do every night. I love the exercise. I like helping kids ( sometimes, if the opportunity presents itself I explain to a kid why I called what I did, block or push on a moving screen, coaches don't often explain how to set a pick ) I also, help the kids after a foul is called and they begin to complain, I explain that they should control their expression. And this works well. Now on the Varsity level, I may not do this as much, but middle school and Freshman, I would.

Basketball is the greatest sport that God gave to us. We are here to keep it great. Look at the difference between basketball on a court and on the streets.
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Old Mon Feb 26, 2007, 04:38pm
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Old Mon Feb 26, 2007, 04:41pm
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I officiate because I need to be around basketball. I can't not.

I stopped growing in grade 10 when I was 5'10", but still started at forward on the junior team at school. We were a small team and I couldn't dribble so I was doomed to getting hammered in the low post all game, every game by bigger guys. I didn't play senior ball for this very reason, instead turning to officiating - it was a way to be around the game of basketball that didn't hurt quite as much.

One thing struck me about this article though - did you notice that every guy they talked to was a multi-sport official? Whatever happened to specialists? With apologies to any multi-sport officials reading this, I have my reservations about guys like that. There are a few guys who do football and basketball in my area (the two sports in which I am the most involved) and it's clear they're there probably for the money second but certainly the power trip first. Not to say they're bad guys, it's more that maybe their priorities are a bit out of whack.
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One thing struck me about this article though - did you notice that every guy they talked to was a multi-sport official? Whatever happened to specialists? With apologies to any multi-sport officials reading this, I have my reservations about guys like that. There are a few guys who do football and basketball in my area (the two sports in which I am the most involved) and it's clear they're there probably for the money second but certainly the power trip first. Not to say they're bad guys, it's more that maybe their priorities are a bit out of whack.
Power trip? There for the money? Just because they officiate two sports?

Lah me......

Did the thought ever cross your mind that maybe....just maybe.....because do two sports because they need to be around those two sports? They can't not be around those two sports?

Congratulations. You just dumped on a whole bunch of fine officials without ever having met them.
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Did the thought ever cross your mind that maybe....just maybe.....because do two sports because they need to be around those two sports? They can't not be around those two sports?
This is me. The only two sports I do are basketball and softball. I've always loved basketball. As far back as I can remember, ACC tournament time has been a sacred time of year.

I didn't start out loving softball, in fact, I just went because my sister played. But over about 10 years of watching softball, I've grown to love the sport, and so I now umpire softball.

I know that some guys will referee just about every sport imaginable, and that, I think, is a little questionable. But some guys just enjoy more than one sport. You can't have more than one woman (unless you're just that good), but you can have more than one sport, no problem.
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I officiate because I need to be around basketball. I can't not.

I stopped growing in grade 10 when I was 5'10", but still started at forward on the junior team at school. We were a small team and I couldn't dribble so I was doomed to getting hammered in the low post all game, every game by bigger guys. I didn't play senior ball for this very reason, instead turning to officiating - it was a way to be around the game of basketball that didn't hurt quite as much.

One thing struck me about this article though - did you notice that every guy they talked to was a multi-sport official? Whatever happened to specialists? With apologies to any multi-sport officials reading this, I have my reservations about guys like that. There are a few guys who do football and basketball in my area (the two sports in which I am the most involved) and it's clear they're there probably for the money second but certainly the power trip first. Not to say they're bad guys, it's more that maybe their priorities are a bit out of whack.
I do baseball and basketball just becuse I love those two sports and want to stay involved.
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I officiate because it has always been an interesting of mine since the 3rd grade. I loved to watch those guys working in the NBA and NCAA blow whistles and get yelled at. For some reason it appealed to me. They never really let me play at school because I wasn't that great. They were like Tommy you can be the Ref. I was like ok. After that it just stuck to me. I started working ball when i was 12 doing 6 year olds and moved up after that. I was certified to do high school when I was a senior but they held my schedule since I was student. Now 21 and I a full time college student I have been doing h.s. ball for 4 years and NCAA D3 and JC mens for the past 2. I just love being out there and part of the game in very special way
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I officiate basketball because I'm good!
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Old Mon Feb 26, 2007, 05:10pm
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I'm just kidding.

My signature says it all, I'm from Indiana so it is in my blood.
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Old Mon Feb 26, 2007, 05:18pm
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I do baseball and basketball just because I love those two sports and want to stay involved.
I do football and basketball for exactly the same reasons.
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Old Mon Feb 26, 2007, 05:35pm
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I love the sports.

I love the people involved (players, most of the coaches, most of the fans, nearly all of my co-officials) and enjoy being around them in their moments of competition.

I love what I receive from officiating and what I'm able to give back to players, coaches, fans, and officials with whom I work.

When I have gone through times without officiating, I missed it dearly.

The mental and physical challenge of athletic preparation, participation, and competition at an "excellent" level provide a variety of life that keeps me feeling younger, even as I get older, and helps me move through life with a vigor and excitement that is exceeded only by my faith and my family.

The bottom line for me: Officiating is just plain fun and enjoyable.
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I officiate because it gives me the opportunity to exercise virtual unlimited authority over people for no other reason than I just want to be able to make them subservient to my will.

At least, that's what my wife says. I'm not so sure she's wrong.
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I started officiating soccer and softball to become a better basketball official. Soccer taught me to have a more patient whistle and allow players the opportunity to "play through" minor contact. Softball has taught me when it's appropriate to "sell" a call and the importance of communicating with my partner.
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