Officiating at any level provides a tremendous sense of satisfaction and opportunities to be a part of thrilling competition, to enjoy the excitement of community sports and to give back to the sport in a middle of the action position. Like it or not, when you officiate, you’re in the middle of all of the action. The difference between an official and a good official is that the good officials care. Passion, preparation, development and ever constant growth are necessary to not only become a good official but also to remain a good official.
So, you wake up one morning, step out of bed and say to yourself: “Ouch, I’ve got a stone bruise on my heel.” It begins to feel a little better as you walk around. The next morning, you’ve got the same thing, only it’s worse. Over the course of a few days, you can hardly walk when you get up and the relief doesn’t come as you walk and stretch. It’s not a stone bruise, you’ve got Plantar Fasciitis. Correctly pronounced it is “plantar fash-eee-eye-tiss”.
There are a number of organizations that support sports officials. However, some really stand above the rest. NASO is one of them. The National Association of Sports Officials was founded in 1980 by Barry Mano. Their mission is summed up in a very brief, yet comprehensive statement, “to Provide the Best Information for Sports Officials.” For a deeper look into what is available to you, as an official, visit their website at www.naso.org.
Chances are you’ve heard the following. If not, hear it for the first time. “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Appearance counts all the time! It doesn’t matter what level of competition you are officiating. If you don’t look the part, you are starting out at a big disadvantage. By part, I mean professional, in very good shape and psychologically sharp. Your first impression may influence how people will react to the way you look and present yourself in the beginning, even if you look and act differently later on. The way you look and act while officiating is critical to your success on the field. This includes everything before, during and after your game.