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Old Wed Mar 19, 2008, 11:00pm
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Saw Steve Welmer working his 111th game tonight, wow.

It got me to thinking what is the right number of games for an official to work. I worked about 60 games this year and in retrospect it was too many. I probably should cut back next year but that is easier said than done.

My question is how many games or dates do people on this board work and how do they determine the "right" number for them.
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Old Wed Mar 19, 2008, 11:16pm
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My wife makes that determination.
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Saw Steve Welmer working his 111th game tonight, wow.

It got me to thinking what is the right number of games for an official to work. I worked about 60 games this year and in retrospect it was too many. I probably should cut back next year but that is easier said than done.

My question is how many games or dates do people on this board work and how do they determine the "right" number for them.
I'll do about 120 games this year probably, between HS season, rec leagues, church leagues, AAU, camps, and other opportunites. And about the time I hit game number 100, I start to feel the need to hike my pants up at every opportunity. That's how I can tell I'm working the right number of games

Seriously, there have been years that I have worked fewer, and it's been too many. This year it feels right. I can tell when it's starting to be too much by my attitude. If I cringe when I remember that I have a game, it's too many. If I start watching the clock, wishing it would run faster, that's a warning sign. If I start to frequently lose focus during games, that's another warning sign.

Oh, and if I come home at the end of the night and my wife, my kids, and the furniture is gone...that's her way of telling me it's too many
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Oh, and if I come home at the end of the night and my wife, my kids, and the furniture is gone...that's her way of telling me it's too many
And how many times has that happened?
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And how many times has that happened?
How many times total? Or how many times did I notice right away?
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I don't know exactly how many games, but I worked 52 or 53 nights this season, at least 2 games a night, a few 3 game nights and a few 4's.
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Old Thu Mar 20, 2008, 07:44am
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I had 38 HS games....(half of them in "3-Person").....5 college games....6 post-season tournament assignments. That was about what I do year-to-year. (Been doing this for 34 years.)

Also do some "local" community AAU, club & traveling tourneys (10) when dates permit. Got to be careful that you don't set yourself up for injury....especially the "older" you get!

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Old Thu Mar 20, 2008, 08:16am
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It got me to thinking what is the right number of games for an official to work.
There's no "right number." If you're still having fun and still giving a good physical and mental effort, then it's not "too many." If you're still staying sharp, then it's not "too few."

I worked about 100 HS varsity and college games this season.
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Old Thu Mar 20, 2008, 09:33am
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I'll do about 120 games this year probably, between HS season, rec leagues, church leagues, AAU, camps, and other opportunites. And about the time I hit game number 100, I start to feel the need to hike my pants up at every opportunity. That's how I can tell I'm working the right number of games

Seriously, there have been years that I have worked fewer, and it's been too many. This year it feels right. I can tell when it's starting to be too much by my attitude. If I cringe when I remember that I have a game, it's too many. If I start watching the clock, wishing it would run faster, that's a warning sign. If I start to frequently lose focus during games, that's another warning sign.

Oh, and if I come home at the end of the night and my wife, my kids, and the furniture is gone...that's her way of telling me it's too many
Just added up Feb. and I did 70 games ranging from varsity boys, girls, state tourney, men's leagues, feeder, AAU, special olympics, grammar school and park district. I'll probably do around 250 for a year. Sad to see the season wind down. In years past, I'd sometimes be clock watching....not this year.

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I just figured my schedule, I worked 60 Varsity Games, 9 College, 3 Post Season...not including the Jr, high and JV I worked.
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208 for me, which is kind of low, actually, compared to past seasons. I have averaged about 240 - 260 for the past 10 seasons or so. Of course, my first year with Dr. Naismith, I worked only 10 games because that's all that took place. BTW - Jimbo (that's what I called him) needed a lot of help with his mechanics.
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208 for me, which is kind of low, actually, compared to past seasons. I have averaged about 240 - 260 for the past 10 seasons or so. Of course, my first year with Dr. Naismith, I worked only 10 games because that's all that took place. BTW - Jimbo (that's what I called him) needed a lot of help with his mechanics.
When did JR come into the mix?
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Old Thu Mar 20, 2008, 03:31pm
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When did JR come into the mix?
He learned by sitting in the balcony at the Springfield Y and making kineoscopes of us working the games. I remember a few years later he got really upset when McKinley got shot.
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Old Thu Mar 20, 2008, 03:56pm
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I average about 250 games a year. 5th grade through varsity.

I probably do another 100 or so nastalgia, boys& girls club and the Bruce Webber summer camp.

So 350 total.
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