How to Become a Better Official

3 Feb

HOW TO BECOME A BETTER OFFICIAL

By Joe Forte and Al Battista, PIAA Officials

1. Master the rules and know the intent of them. This will help you require a “feel” for the game.
2. Trust the mechanics. When talking about mechanics, we have to stress field positioning.
3. Be 100% on obvious plays.
4. Remember, you are part of a team, trust your partner (s).
5. Grow from every game and be humble. Be willing to help others.

6. See the entire play and adjudicate it.
7. In the lead position, call what you can see and see what you can call.
8. Understand what happens when you elect and not elect to blow your whistle.
9. Do not allow players to dictate your angles, you must dictate them.
10. Know the difference between incidental, marginal and illegal contact.

11. Most plays are black and white, the grey ones are the ones that you earn your fee.
12. Selective hearing is a wonderful attribute, learn how to use it.
13. Make calls in your primary area, if you take care of this, secondary becomes really secondary.
14. Learn how to officiate off the ball. Find the ball and look off of it. When you get good at this, you will feel the ball and you can look off of it.
15. If you are approachable you will survive. This means being tactful on the field.

16. Game management will be easier if you are consistent with your calls.
17. To be a good partner is to help when help is needed.
18. Have excellent communication skills with your crew, this will help the dynamics of the crew.
19. Move with a purpose on the field.
20. Know your clock (s) and AP possession at all times.

21. Have a cadence to the table, it will slow you down and it shows strength.
22. Be aware of substitutions coming into the game.
23. Keep your game moving, don’t rush; but acquire a pace.
24. Don’t explain your partner{s} calls.
25. Before restarts, have good visual contact and hand signals. DO NOT restart until partner (s) are ready.

21. Have a cadence to the table, it will slow you down and it shows strength.
Be aware of substitutions coming into the game.
23. Keep your game moving, don’t rush; but acquire a pace.
24. Don’t explain your partner{s} calls.
25. Before restarts, have good visual contact and hand signals. DO NOT restart until partner (s) are ready.

26. Inside of “5” minutes of the game, officiate with “high certainty”. In other words, be 100% on your rulings.

27. Be your worst critic.

28. Penalize discipline problems.

29. Be an expert on penalties: time serving and non-time serving, live ball and dead ball, and sequence of fouls.