Week 3

Since I won’t have too many games over the next few months (relative to a summer season), I’ve decided to reflect more closer on games I’ve had over the past two years here. Keep an eye out for those posts. It’s always a surprise on how much you can learn from a 90 minute experience. My aim is to flush this out which should ultimately prove that quality is better than quantity in development and that ample rest and recovery as well as time off are key to development.

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Body Language Part 1

Since I had a go at presenting a session on Referee Body Language, I have had a lot of interesting insight into the topic and thought I would share. This post is far too long to continue in one-go so I will present it in a series.

What is Body language?

Before you can make any use of this post, you need to of course, understand what body language is! Hmmm… Most people find it quite hard to describe from the general consensus of people I asked. From Wikipedia which is a good description, I presented:

Body language is a form of mental and physical ability of human non-verbal communication, consisting of body posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements.

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A Hand at Instructing

I thought I would take a shot at instructing since I’ve been doing a lot of studying off-the-field and wanted to get back to a more direct role of teaching referees.

In the past, I had mentored and taught brand new referees but this was a different ball game. A room full of referees vastly more experienced than I was. Quite intimidating.

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Pre-Assessment Day

Less than 24 hours to go to my game. Today was rest day and I got a haircut and a clean shave to make myself look good for the game. The assessor will be on the lookout for even the finest of details that make/break a referee’s game. The change is also nice for the confidence. I have been practicing a few signals in front of the mirror over the past week; best way to perfect signalling. I’ll explain all of this in a post later on in the off-season. Makes for better technique tomorrow. After all, a referee doesn’t know how his signalling looks unless he is watching himself!

The real blind-side news for tomorrow’s assessment game is that I won’t be having my Ervocom electronic flags for the game. It’s so sad that despite all the anticipation I had and willingness from the Assistant Referees tomorrow, the screws on the receiver wore out. I had only unscrewed the receiver 3-4 times but Ervocom hadn’t upgraded their design until they realised the flaw later. They promised to send me all the replacement parts but I can’t open the receiver to replace the batteries in time. NO MATTER! I can manage this game with or without electronic flags. I am very confident that I can meet the expectations set out by the assessor. Meeting my own expectations? That’s a different story. Continue reading