Been a while since I posted but that's because I haven't been super active. In fact, I was supposed to officiate a basketball tournament a week ago. However, due to a hand fracture, i was given a splint and instructed to not do any heavy physical activity. Thus I had to cancel out of the tournament a few days before which sucked. Since my injury I haven't done a lot of exercise except for walking.
I did get a check up a week later with the orthopedic surgeon. The surgeon said I was lucky my injury was relatively minor and would heal in time without surgery. He told me to drop the splint BUT I still could not play sports. I could do cardio workout but I still have not done so.
What I did do was officiate some volleyball. Volleyball doesn't exert a lot of effort and all I have to do is avoid flying volleyballs to my hand.
However, this past Saturday was a bit of a tough day. Thanks to the BART strike, I was rushing around on Friday. I had to rush home from work, get my car and get out to officiate. It didn't help the week was a little long so I was knocked out after officiating a couple of games on Friday. I fell asleep for a few hours, woke up, took a shower and went back to bed.
Alas, I OVERSLEPT a bit on Saturday and was late to my first game at 9 AM. Fortunately, the gym director took care of the first game and I worked the last two games at 10 AM / 11 AM. The two games were pretty good considering some of these youth volleyball games can be yawners at times.
There were a few plays in both games that I had to deal with. One involved a coach was a little loud and that bled over to the another team while serving. I had warn him before he finally understood to keep quiet. If I recalled correctly, there were a couple of close plays where girls positioned themselves to hit balls that were out of bounds. I believe one of them did hit a girl. The other play was a tough one. It was one my side of the court but opposite the net where the line judge was located. I quickly looked over and saw the girl running and the ball dropped. The girl's back was too me and the ball dropped IN FRONT of the girl.
I knew I had to make a snap decision and I called the BALL OUT and said there was no touch. In looking back, I may have down things a little differently. I could have asked the line judge on that side of the court to see if they had seen the play. Or I could have called for a replay. I only mention this as a coach questioned my call. My answer to her was "there was no touch before the ball hit the ground".
That was a tough play but I find volleyball an interesting sport. Basketball may be more exciting but when volleyball is played between two relatively equal teams, volleyball officials can have a lot of work to do.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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