I started officiating youth basketball almost 20 years ago (1993). In 2002, I branched out to officiate high school and adult basketball. In 2009, I jumped into officiating youth volleyball.
When I started officiating, it was more of a side job than anything else. I was in college and getting paid to do officiate was cool. However, as the years went on, I stayed with officiating even as I migrated from a college student to a full-time worker. While the money was nice, I realized I just like being out on the court.
However, it was the lack of passion that caused me to take a leave of absence from officiating high school basketball this year. There were a few different things going on and officiating was just not on the list of my priorities. Though it wasn't planned, I ended up not officiating youth basketball for a while though I decided to get back into things the past couple of months.
The ultimate lesson is that officiating basketball at any level requires some love, passion and dedication. You might be able to get away with officiating for money or other reasons for a short time. But dealing with coaches, parents and players is a challenge and ultimately there comes a point where you have to decide if it's worth your time to officiate just for money (or other reason) other than the fact that you enjoy it.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
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