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Old Wed Mar 27, 2002, 03:22pm
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What are some learning experiences you guys have had over the years as officials? I know I'll make my share of mistakes as a new official, but I want to make as few as possible. How would you describe a perfect a perfect team player within an organization, and are cliques a problem?
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Old Wed Mar 27, 2002, 03:39pm
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Welcome utex to the world of officiating. Some of the expereinces that have taught me a lot of valuable information is body language and communication. When you are working game you always want to come across that you have having fun and that you are a very approachable person. I am a firm believer that both player and coach have a right to be heard. I think when we as officials allow players and coaches to talk to us we can so much respect with them. The other point I was mentioning is body language. Believe or not, this subject carries a lot of weight a meetings between coaches and administrators. Body language should be appropriate for the type of game you are working. For example, do not bring a varsity "style" to the junior high level. If you would like to talk more with me you can e-mail me at [email protected] and I would be happy to share more info with you. Good Luck with your career as an official.
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Old Wed Mar 27, 2002, 04:19pm
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utex, are you asking for tips on improving your game on the court? Or are you asking how to move up? When you use phrases like being a team player, and ask about cliques, I wonder if you're asking for tips on negotiating the "political" waters of an official's organization.

Were you thinking particularly one way or the other? Or am I reading too much into your question?

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