That Went Well Enough

May 13, 2006 at 7:45pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I wrapped up my State Tournament reffing assignments today. I was an AR in a match yesterday, and I centered a match today. Yesterday’s game was relatively uneventful. Today’s match was hotly contested, and ultimately the underdog ended up pulling out the victory. I ended up dishing out a whopping six cautions, two of which were issued thanks to the assistance of an AR and my fourth official. Kudos to them for keeping their eyes on the things they’re supposed to be watching behind my back. I also issued a red card (serious foul play) to a player with only 10 seconds remaining in the match. He was a senior. On the losing team. You get the picture. Frustration happens.

All in all I didn’t hurt my chances to get a center assignment in the finals, which has been my goal all season. The assessor agreed with my calls (and non-calls), he liked the cards I issued, and he thought I was positioned well throughout the match. (He gave me a big thumbs-up for being almost literally on top of the play during a messy scrum in front of the goal that had the potential to dramatically alter the course of the match.) In fact, when he finished talking I asked what I could work on. His response: “I’ll have to think about that.” Awesome.

(He did eventually come up with something, but it was a pretty small technical detail.)

I likely won’t find out until Monday or even Tuesday if I’ll get a center, or any assignment, in the finals (Tuesday and Wednesday). I’m crossing my fingers. I’m also crossing my fingers for my father, by the way. His goal has long been to be the oldest referee to center a State Tournament final. I don’t think he’s old enough yet to hold that distinction, but it would still be cool if he could get a center this year. He has worked his buns off these past few years, and he has put a tremendous amount of time and energy into improving his own and others’ reffing abilities.

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