It's been a year or so since I posted and several years since I commented on things. Since I am here, I might as well update people on things I've been working on personally and what I am looking forward to as the 2017-2018 high school basketball season is kicking into full swing.
If you look through my blog from around 2011-2012 time frame, you may have seen that I curtailed my officiating for a time due to personal life issues. I admittedly almost LEFT high school officiating. Thanks to someone in my group, I decided to stick around.
But one thing the person instilled in me was that if I stuck around, I needed to take the attitude of "constant improvement" versus just being satisfied with where I was.
With that attitude in mind, several things I have been working on:
- A more confident and vocal persona on the floor as an official. I used to think was a good official just because I could blow the whistle. However, I realized that I wasn't as confident in my calls INTERNALLY as I could have been. Confidence means working on getting better angles but also being able to explain calls to players / coaches. They may not agree with what you see, but if you can explain it, you're much better off.
- Using both my left and right arms to signal foul calls. Since I'm been officiating, I've always used my left arm for foul calls. I noticed some officials used both arms. It's taken a couple of years of focusing on this aspect, but it's pretty much natural for me to use both arms when calling fouls depending on the part of the floor I am on.
As the 2017-2018 season kicks off, I look forward to just being on the floor and working on my game. As part of constantly improving, I look to just work on little things no matter what level the game is. I will make an effort to talk about anything I learned on this blog as I did before or maybe through my podcast.
See you all soon!