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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Must Read: College Hoops by Dick Jerardi

Jerardi writes for The Philadelphia Daily News, and he's a first-rate basketball writer. Click here for an example of his recent work. The lead part of the article -- about tracking how many games college officials work -- is not to be missed. (Can you imagine that one ref has worked 88 games this year already?). Very good stuff.

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Blogger Helen said...

Similar questions are asked on the women's side -- but consider the reality of the position. The most popular refs (not saying best) might have a schedule that looks like this:

5:00 at hotel - arrive at arena 5:30-6:00 for a 7:00 game.

9/9:30 game is over (depending college/pro). Head ref submits game report. DVD of game is given to all three refs.

10:15 at hotel.

Next morning, 5am wakeup call, out to airport. While waiting in airport, use your laptop to review last nights game and/or supervisor's comments.

Flight takes off/land. Go to hotel and nap.

eventually lunch/dinner happen. 5:30 you ponder going to arena.

As pros, they're responsible for taking care of themselves and being ready for a game. I've had supervisors say that coaches will say, "I'd rather have Jane Doe (good ref) on her 6th game in a row than John Doe (a ref they don't like)....

As for tracking -- coordinators already do this -- they look for tendencies and consistency. Does this crew/person call a lot of travels... why? are they legit? etc. if a conversation is needed, it will happen....

etc. etc.

If you interested, three articles on the subject:

The Art of Officiating
http://www.womensbasketballonline.com/hw/wb/referees.html

The Relationship tween coaches and officials
http://www.womensbasketballonline.com/hw/wbca/coachesofficials.html

Training and recruiting officials
http://www.womensbasketballonline.com/hw/wbca/earningtheirstripes.html

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