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.