I love to officiate basketball. Despite not officiating much recently, I have to admit there's a great rush when you officiate a great basketball game.
On the other hand, there's a reason why I take time off. I don't know if it's my personality, but I find it a mental strain to work so many games constantly. I don't think I have thin skin but perhaps I am more emotional than other officials.
There are some fellow officials I know who can easily officiate 4 to 5 days a week for almost the entire year. There is enough basketball games between youth, AAU, high school and adult leagues/tournaments if want it.
For me, my busiest time is between November and May. I work high school game constantly during that time as well youth and adult leagues/tournaments. However, once May ends and the season ends, I go into hibernation a bit. I still officiate every now and then but don't take as many games. I really enjoy the downtime away from officiating.
I compare the downtime to taking a vacation from your regular job. Many people work years without taking a vacation. However, as a few of my friends told me, when you take a vacation from work, you realize how much stress you go through on a day to day basis. Vacation allows you to get away and forget about work (at least for a short while).
So while I did work a bit the last few days, I have enjoyed my time away from officiating. In about a month or so, youth volleyball is going to start up and I'll probably be involved. Then before you know it, high school basketball is coming around the corner.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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