Week 21 was quite busy after Game #3 in both my personal life and refereeing endeavours. Recovery from falling sick on the MIT long weekend was my main focus but the end of the week with a hustle-and-bustle for studies kept me busy. Thankfully no games during that time period as I pulled two straight all-nighters to get the work done and was looking forward to the weekend for what promised to be an exposure to advanced referee techniques and mechanics.
I came down to stay near the clinic area so I wouldn’t have too much to commute in the mornings. I had a decent sleep the night before but I was definitely looking forward to formal education after my Entry Level two years ago. Luckily I was able to connect with a colleague in the nearby area and carpool to the venue almost 40km away. I had worked with him the previous season when I was new to the area.
Early arrival at the venue so my fellow referee KW relaxed for a while before making our way into the building. We slowly met faces we would be seeing for the rest of the weekend. I joined three other upgrading referees to help set-up the room before everyone was let in so we were able to check-in early and choose our seats in the room. The decor and lighting was very nice and appropriate for the size of the class.
Agenda for the day was a introduction of the instructors in the morning, an overview of the program from the Manager of Referee Development. It was nice to see a lot of familiar faces in terms of referee participants as well as a few instructors!
- Assistant Refereeing
- Nice way to start the clinic and discuss/clarify situations
- Right Place Right Time
- All in the name
- Managing Confrontation
- Analytical of a confrontation in nature which we are now expected to be able to deal with
- Recognising Challenges
- Highly debatable as always when everyone finds a red when it is supposed to be a yellow or vice versa! It was great otherwise to conform and form consistency.
- 4th Official
- Very interesting as it was very new; I hadn’t been a fourth official yet
- Match Control
- My favourite session; a theoretical approach to a very practical and realistic situation
- Field Sessions
- We had a lot of practical sessions here that I had already encountered with education sessions during the off-season
It was a great chance to meet other referees in the same situation as me (upgrading). Luckily I was able to find a fellow referee journeying back home that I was able to carpool with to return directly. An educational weekend and the official kick-start to the upgrading season.