Re: Anyone been a referee?
I wish you luck in your endeavor. I've played high school basketball, I've coached high school basketball, and I've been a fan of high school basketball but if there's one capacity I could never fulfill at that level, it'd be officiating.
For starters, I've officiated scrimmages and lower level contests before (I once had to officiate a middle school game I was coaching) but that was always very manageable to me because I knew mostly everyone else could recognize that it was a relatively informal and meaningless setting.
Something changes when high school roles around and games start to count. Parents are awful. Many coaches are a mess. And a significant amount of players always think you're personally trying to screw them over, believing their snide comments to you are actually helping their cause. I'm guessing if I reffed more than I do I'd get used to it, but I don't want to get used to it (hence my not reffing).
I do think some level of officiating should be compulsory for any coach or athlete preparing to participate in a high school program. I know that's unrealistic, but I think seeing and participating in a game from the viewpoint of an official would be a groundbreaking experience for many, and perhaps it could at least kind of help those folks understand how and why officials operate the way they do.
And you know something it seems most folks don't realize or don't want to realize? Every single contest, officials are trying to call a perfect game. The yelling, bickering, and arguing is almost never needed (unless an official is forgetting something and one is trying to help - like he somehow gave the ball to the wrong team out of timeout or something). Officials know when they've made a mistake and they hate it.
Anyway, that's the end of my diatribe. It's a healthy side job. I've known quite a few refs over the years and they love it.
Last edited by Rake2204 : 09-22-2013 at 08:51 AM.