Friday, August 28, 2009
just got home from reffing my first football game
in case you're wondering, that isn't me.
i've actually been a football official for about 5 years now but tonight was the first official night as the "ref". in case you're reading this and you happen to live outside of North America, i'm talking about Canadian football, which is different in rules than even American football which you've probably heard about. anywho, i've always been a supporting character but this time i was the MAN.
it wasn't pretty.
nobody really tells you how to do the job but there's a lot expected. at the end of each half there was an evaluator present who ... tells you all the stuff i got wrong. it's annoying but at the same time, i learned a lot.
i knew going in that i'd be asking a lot of questions from the Umpire during the course of the game. he's been officiating for like 40 years (no exaggeration) and i don't think he took me very seriously when i told him that i'd really rely on him a lot over the course of the game. it was actually a bit humourous as i checked with him at every turn, "now i make that signal like this, right?" or "uh, how do you signal that again?" or sometimes, "look i don't have a clue what the options are here so how about you explain them to me before i try and explain them to the captain". he was very patient and it's a good thing because he could really hang me out to dry over the course of a 2 1/2 hour game.
well, i'm learning ... and it's good to be involved. i expect i'll improve but it was actually a bit humourous watching the evaluator bite his tongue instead of telling me just how abysmal that was. maybe it'll affect how we train guys to do this sort of thing in the future, i'm not sure the "sink or swim" approach is working.
oh yeah, and i COMPLETELY wiped out on the goal line as i tried to stop and call a touchdown. it took 10 minutes of scrubbing to get the grass stains out of my pants.
YAAAYYYYY isn't this fun?