So exactly four months later, I was presenting an education session again. This time, “Refereeing By Yourself” (hence the pun of “Alone” in the title).
This wasn’t personally a very appealing topic choice to me at first since I don’t referee many games alone in the games I am currently appointed to and haven’t found it of particular concern when it’s occurred but every instructing opportunity is a learning opportunity. I wasn’t initially expecting the present this topic alone but circumstances warranted it so I started studying the information I could gather from another RA’s slides.
The session wasn’t very crowded being mid-season; 15 people. I managed to run an activity and was pleased to see the involvement amongst group members in trying to collect presentable data. Later I collated their responses to what a referee should do prior to the game.
The two videos that were discussed were:
Quite a few interesting discussions were yielded after watching the videos and after splitting it into important segments. The considerations of dealing with “people that just don’t like you” were taken into account and we explored the root-cause and solution to every scenario. Be professional, polite, respectful and brief.
I also managed to pull up a match incident on the fly from my computer that I remembered from memory on one of the dozens of matches I have on my laptop for analysis. Relevant to being calm and confident even when tension is high.
An hour and 10 minutes later, I managed to end off the session keeping the vast majority of people engaged by appealing to hear their opinions and attempting to keep session control. Yes! That’s a thing. Not just match control on the field!
It was definitely an interesting topic to cover as I learnt a decent bit myself. Looking forward to the next time I get to present but I’m wondering what topic I should choose next.