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Old 09-13-2011, 11:02 PM   #29
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Wow, Robert! You've got some very good stories to tell with your officiating. We'll have to catch up more on this later. As for this particular game, the losing squad was so upset with the outcome, one of the players took the ball and threw it real hard at my legs! Another player came up behind me and started bumping me acting like he wanted to throw a punch! The bad thing is that we didn't have any security at this gym, just the league President and the table crew that runs the gym. I was afraid that this team was going to jump me, so I told my partner we better GTF outta here! This team ended up being banned from the league the following season. As a sports official, I do it for the love of the game and it lets me get some excercise. I'm going to continue being a high school basketball official as long as I can.
There are some hysterical stories out there, but it would take too long to tell them here..

I think you should keep officiating.. they need people that want to do it rather than those forced into it... and it's great excercise...

Unfortunately, between my job and my knees, I really can't call games anymore... Maybe some day...
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:29 PM   #30
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Enough said. I stopped working adult leagues many years ago. They can't pay me enough to work men's leagues. Bunch of wannabe babies. Not worth it.
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:34 PM   #31
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Thank you all refs & sports officials out there. Without you, no sports. Now we could not have that in the USA now could we! Seriously, you are appreciated. (even if we do give you grief sometimes - just forgive us, we are passionate about our sports).
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Old 09-15-2011, 07:35 AM   #32
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You can't be a sports official without a thick skin and a sense of humor. I get the biggest kick out of some of the things parents will say. It's also a great way for kids to make a little extra money after high school if they play a sport but aren't good enough to play in college. Most won't last a season from getting pummeled by the parents and coaches, but some will really get a good jump on a long term side career.

I never understood how nutty parents would get until my own daughter played soccer in school. I found myself running up and down the sidelines like an idiot. Then I understood. So I have a better appreciation for parents and their "passion".
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:15 AM   #33
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Smitty77, I totally agree with you about the thick skin and sense of humor. The beauty of this side profession is that I get to work with guys and gals of different ages. Some are older than me and some are definitely younger. I truly have an appreciation of parents and their passion for their kids. I happen to be one of them! It's so ironic that as officials, we only get remembered for the "bad" calls that we make and not the "good" calls. One of my partners told me something that has stuck with me in my short career so far and that is "No matter what call you make, you're always going to be Half Right and Half Wrong." Hmmmmmm........
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:08 AM   #34
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Heading out this morning for training at Somerset High School. Some of the topics we'll be going over:

1. New Rules/Point of Emphasis
2. Mechanics review
3. Pregame
4. Putting the Ball in play - Jump Ball
5. Putting the Ball in play - Throw Ins
6. Court Coverage - Backcourt
7. Court Coverage - Frontcourt
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:16 PM   #35
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The Men's League that I help officiate games for is starting up their Fall League this Saturday, September 24th. There will be a total of 5 games played and I'll be reffing the last 2 of the evening. I also had to pass three exams for the Texas UIL, so now I'm all set and good to go for the upcoming high school season.
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:53 AM   #36
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Games went smooth this past weekend. Just a few players talking back, but not in a disrespectful way. I was able to keep the T's in my pocket, where I prefer to keep them, instead of having to dish them out.
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:02 PM   #37
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I will be officiating two games for the FBL of San Antonio this Sunday.
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:09 AM   #38
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Reffed 3 games and my IOM got wet from the rain that we're now starting to get down here in South Texas. I'll have to make sure it's cleaned up in the morning before I leave for my business trip to Miami, Florida.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:05 PM   #39
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Busy weekend coming up! I have high school scrimmage games this Saturday, plus I have 2 games to ref for the men's league that I do. The high school season is upon us here in Texas and it's about to get busy!!!!!!!!
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Enough said. I stopped working adult leagues many years ago. They can't pay me enough to work men's leagues. Bunch of wannabe babies. Not worth it.
Heard that brother. I will NEVER do mens league basketball ever again. All the do is hack and foul than b!tch about it when you call it. Never again
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:10 PM   #41
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Just finished up my scrimmage games this week....ready to start the high school season this Monday. Jr. High Boys at Floresville Middle School, Nov. 7th and Girls Varsity at Cornerstone High, Nov. 8th.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:27 PM   #42
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Started off the season tonight with 2 boys' jr. high games in Floresville, TX. All went well...not too many complaints from the players and coaches. It was all in a night's work!! Next up....girls' varsity basketball game tomorrow night between Cornerstone High and Smithson Valley High. It'll be a 3-man crew..
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