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Old Wed Dec 12, 2007, 09:06am
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Just seeing if anyone here has been through something similar and getting some thoughts. I'm in my 8th year of officiating. This is the first season that I didn't take many (4 I think) lower than varsity games. Up until this season, I worked every night but Wednesday and Sunday for the most part. I know my shortened schedule will pay off for me late in the season, but it is almost the holiday break and I just don't feel like I've worked enough to get into mid-season form. In some ways I felt more into the season and sharp when I was working more, although those games were usually the most frustrating as far as quality of play and sportsmanship. Any thoughts?
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Old Wed Dec 12, 2007, 09:08am
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maybe take more right at the beginning, and then slack off (in numbers not in form!) as "mid-season" rolls around? Perhaps you could pick up a few extra over the holidays to get yourself into full swing? Maybe a few more JV games would help?
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Just seeing if anyone here has been through something similar and getting some thoughts. I'm in my 8th year of officiating. This is the first season that I didn't take many (4 I think) lower than varsity games. Up until this season, I worked every night but Wednesday and Sunday for the most part. I know my shortened schedule will pay off for me late in the season, but it is almost the holiday break and I just don't feel like I've worked enough to get into mid-season form. In some ways I felt more into the season and sharp when I was working more, although those games were usually the most frustrating as far as quality of play and sportsmanship. Any thoughts?
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Old Wed Dec 12, 2007, 09:24am
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I work with a regular partner for 2 man and we also have a regular third for 3 man. We usually schedule a bunch of MS, Frosh, JV earlier in the season - up to about now (just before Christmas) to get our legs under us and get into that "mid season form". I think we only have one more JV after the holiday. We have enough Varsity/Juco games to work 3-4 nights a week and still turn down some. That keeps us going until the MS tournys at end of March and in April.
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Old Wed Dec 12, 2007, 09:33am
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Also you changed your routine. So you feel different. It will take more concetration, but you will get use to it.
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