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Old Fri Mar 22, 2002, 02:01am
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Okay, it's that time of year. First I need to memorize the Whistles Anonymous hot-line number. Next, get the books out and start studying. Meantime, let's all go back and post our lessons learned this year. two or three each, except the newbies (I include myself here) who get five.

Mine:

1. Coaches can be touchy; handle with care.
2. Work wide.
3. Don't lose sleep over missed calls.
4. Don't ask DeNucci about improper inbounds plays after a made basket.
5. Most kids are terrified of us. Let's keep it that way.
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Old Fri Mar 22, 2002, 08:51am
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Okay, it's that time of year. First I need to memorize the Whistles Anonymous hot-line number. Next, get the books out and start studying. Meantime, let's all go back and post our lessons learned this year. two or three each, except the newbies (I include myself here) who get five.

Mine:

1. Coaches can be touchy; handle with care.
2. Work wide.
3. Don't lose sleep over missed calls.
4. Don't ask DeNucci about improper inbounds plays after a made basket.
5. Most kids are terrified of us. Let's keep it that way.

Your forgot Item (5): First year officials do not take cheap (and misninformed) shots at rules interpreters who are trying to educate them on rules, mechanics, and the correct way to administer them.
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Old Fri Mar 22, 2002, 08:52am
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Oops, I meant Item (6). I guess I am getting absent-minded in my old age.
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Old Fri Mar 22, 2002, 09:30am
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I don't think Juulie is misinformed or taking a cheap shot, Mark. All she's saying is don't bring it up, b/c you'll write a missive about it. It's not that she's saying you're wrong, or anything else. She's just saying, "Don't go there".

I would think that you've been here long enough to know that Juulie doesn't take cheap shots. She's always the one who is trying to rein in the rest of us. Relax.

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Old Fri Mar 22, 2002, 12:10pm
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I don't think Juulie is misinformed or taking a cheap shot, Mark. All she's saying is don't bring it up, b/c you'll write a missive about it. It's not that she's saying you're wrong, or anything else. She's just saying, "Don't go there".

I would think that you've been here long enough to know that Juulie doesn't take cheap shots. She's always the one who is trying to rein in the rest of us. Relax.

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Yeah, what he said.....!

P.S. I'll have you know I'm not a first-year ref, either. I've been at this for a whole 27 months now!!

P.P.S.S. I agree totally with you on the subject mentioned above, and disagree completely with another Mark. And I always appreciate the way you stick up for us "violation-ites" with extensive rule citations and logic. I'm just tired of the re-hash.

[Edited by rainmaker on Mar 22nd, 2002 at 11:17 AM]
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Old Tue Mar 26, 2002, 09:46pm
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Back to the original solicitation

Many of the things that an official learns in his/her first season are "relearned" or rediscovered time and again during that and the following seasons.

1. Officials are the "rules experts" on the court. An official MUST be confident (Not Cocky) while on the court. For those who are not well-versed in the rules, HIT THE BOOKS NOW! (BTW, I am with my books now.)

2. Basketball (& officiating it) is sooooo much fun! Make sure to remind everyone of this when you are on the court.

3. Trust your partner. S/he (They for thoise working 3-whistle) may be your only ally that night.

There are more, but these are the first three that came to my mind.
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P.P.S.S. I agree totally with you on the subject mentioned above, and disagree completely with another Mark.
I'm sure you mean Dexter.
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