What a Week, Both
Physically & Mentally;
A very Good Week
State Tournament Saturday;
Games are in
Raleigh and Chapel Hill;
Schedule of Games;
Buzz Peterson Team
Camp is Three Days?;
Ask off Work, Save
Sign Up for Summer
Prayers Go out to
one of our Founding Fore- Fathers
What a Week, Both
Physically & Mentally – On Tuesday,
the threat of ice and bad weather forced the postponement of three of the
four games at the Eastern Regionals in Fayetteville.
They put those three games at 5:30 and scattered them in the next few days.
That put us getting home after midnight, only to get back up the next day and
leave just after lunch to make that two hour trek back to Fayetteville the
next day. One or two days is not so
bad but Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri and then again all day on Sat will wear on
anyone. I look forward to the rest this week.
A Very Good Week for
Normally, just because of
logistics and scheduling in the Regionals, I do not get to see all the games our
officials work. Usually just by nature
of where the schedules fall and in order to use neutral crews in all the
games, most every year, one of our crews is calling in one gym and another
crew is calling at the same time in the other gym. That did not happen this year. Our nine
guys called every game in the Crown Coliseum and I was able to see every
game. That is extremely rare. We had a
very good week and I was really proud of all our crews. We were in some barn burners or close
games. We had several 1 point or 2 point games and a couple of other 5 or 6
point games. Our officials represented us very well. We looked good. And as always, our mechanics were head and
shoulders above the rest. It just
backs up my theory that you do not have to sacrifice good mechanics to get
the call right. You can do both.
It’s Over for All
But Three – We started out with
around 150 to 160 officials calling the games this season and the games were
divided up as well as we could based on the criteria that we use. When the
playoffs rolled around, we could only use the Class 1 and Class 2 officials
so our numbers were cut almost in half.
Finally, the Conference Tournaments and the Sectional tournaments were
complete and we could only send nine officials to the Regionals. Now that the Regionals
are complete, only three officials from our area advance to the State
Tournament. We now focus our attention on seeing them work a State
State Tournament Saturday –For State Tournament Saturday, the winners from the East and the Winners
from the West in each Classification gather in the middle of the State to
play for the right to be called “State Champion”. There will be 4 Games at
two different sites.
Games are in Raleigh
and Chapel Hill – This coming Saturday will complete the High
School season as 4 Girls teams and 4 Boys teams will be Crowned State
Champions. The 2A and the 4A teams will play at Reynolds Coliseum and the 1A
and 3A teams will play at the Dean Dome. See schedule below.
Schedule – I can not complete the schedule today because
the West has not finished their Regional Tournament. I will come back some
time during the week and update the winners from the West.
Saturday, Mar 15
Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill
12:00–1A Girls - Riverside vs Hayesville/ Bishop McGinness
2:30 – 1A Boys – East Carteret vs Avery Co/ Winston Salem Prep Winner
5:00 – 3A Girls – Chapel Hill vs Hickory
7:30 – 3A Boys – Hunt vs North Forsyth/ Freedom Winner
Saturday, Mar 15
Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh
12:00–2A Girls – Andrews vs Bandy
2:30 – 2A Boys – Kinston vs Smokey Mtn/ North
5:00 – 4A Girls – SE Raleigh vs Myers Park
7:30 – 4A Boys – Apex vs Page/ Lake Norman
Really Thought We
Would Have Three More Teams – Our
teams had a really good year this season but there were
a couple of Shockers in the Regionals. We do not
have a single girls representative in the State
Tournament and that does surprise me.
I really thought we might have three. West Craven had a great year and
looked to be in the mix. Kinston Girls
looked to be a lock to get in and the Rosewood girls had a dynamite season. I thought all three of those teams had a
chance to advance. Only proves you
just can’t have one bad game along the way. Those three schools had a great girls season.
Bulletins – The Camp Bulletins or
Summer Clinic Bulletins have started. If you did not receive one, let me know
and I will put you on the list. Also if you live outside our association and
would like to receive the clinic bulletins. Drop me an email and I will be
glad to add you.
In Last Week’s
Bulletin, I asked where you Stand – If you received last week’s bulletin, you will remember I ask where you
1 – Take Me off the List, Not interested on going to the clinic
2 – Take me off the list, Can’t go on account of work
3 – Take me off the list, Can’t go on account of finances
4 – I am very interested in attending, keep sending bulletins
5 – Save me a spot, I am
definitely going to the Clinic
Well out of 68 officials on the mailing list, 18 of you sent in that you were going
and only two said definitely that they were not going. So starting out, this
could be one of the biggest clinics in the last 6 or 7 years. I am excited that many are taking their
refereeing seriously enough to want to get help during the summer to get
better. And I expect even more as the
weeks pass by. It’s a very good start and good sign.
Buzz Peterson Team
Camp Dates – The Buzz Peterson’s Team Camp this summer
will be June 19 to June 21. That is
all we know. We do not know what times
the games will start on that Thursday and we do not know what time the games
will end on Saturday. What we do know
is that we wanted to get the dates to you the moment we knew so you could make
plans to attend.
Ask Off Work , Save Your Money – You now know the dates, ask for those days off now, before a fellow
worker beats you to those dates. Make plans now to attend. If you start
planning now, it will work. Very few can start planning in June and make it
Camp is Three Days ? – According
to the Camp personnel, Camp is Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Most of you do not work on Saturday, so you
only need to miss two days of work. I
can’t stress enough how valuable camp is.
I have seen it over and over. I
have seen officials come out of that camp with confidence and know what they
are doing and where they are suppose to be.
It will work for you if you will let it. Every Counselor at the camp
went to this team camp except Harry Edwards and most went several times. Some of you went one time and quit. If it did not get you where you need to be,
maybe you need to think about going back.
Very Few Get it on
their Own – We have always said
and still stand by the theory: You do
not have to go to a camp to get Varsity games; but most people simply will
not or can not do it on their own. You tell me all the time: “I am getting serious about my game and I
really worked on it over the summer” When I ask what you did, you tell me
you worked a summer league or a few rec games. I
ask: “Did anyone observe you, did anyone tell you what you were doing wrong,
did anyone see you the next game to see if you continued to improve on what
they told you” And your answer is always “Well, No, they did not”
At camp, 8 to 10 different Top Counselors see you during the entire
camp and they are on your case the next game to continue to improve. And if you slide back, they will grab you
and lift you up again. The counselors
will MAKE you improve.
While we offer Part Time positions now, you have a chance to improve
and access to information; but part time officials do not get even near what
a full time camper gets. It is just three days this year. Ask off and come be with us the whole three
Sign Up for Summer
Clinic Bulletins – Once the
season is over, we go on about our business into something else and forget
about Basketball. It may be baseball,
vacation, or anything else. This is the reason several years ago that we
started sending a bulletin out to officials that had showed some interest in
attending our Summer Referee Clinic in Wilmington
along with the Buzz Peterson Camp. In
that bulletin that you receive from time to time, it will tell you things
like who some of the teams will be in camp; what to bring to camp; what the
first day’s schedule will be like; Where you will stay; where you will eat;
who some of the counselors will be; Classroom Topics and a host of other
things that someone going to this clinic would be interested in. You are
under no obligation to attend the clinic if you get on this bulleting list;
it simply will keep you updated in case you might want to go.
To Get on the List
to receive the Clinic Bulletins – Send
me an email and ask me to put you on the Clinic Bulletin list. That’s it.
One of our Founding
Fore Fathers & His Family Needs your Prayers – Anthony Mitchell, one of the nicest people
you will ever meet and one of the people instrumental in making this
association what it is today lost his Mother Saturday night. I know you will
join me in praying for Anthony and his family. But one consolation, knowing Anthony
Mitchell personally for over 35 years,
I know his mother was prepared and ready to meet the Lord. Rest in
peace and our prayers are with the ones left behind.
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Up Coming Events / Dates::
State Tournament in
Raleigh and Chapel Hill Mar 15
EOA Golf Tournament
Saturday, May 3 at Key Vista Club between Beulaville and Pink Hill
Tommy Mattocks Referee
Clinic – UNC Wilmington, June 19 - 21
ArbiterSports Site – For your convenience, here is
a link to the Arbiter Sports assigning site.
Once at the page,
there is a Log In box in the extreme top right hand
corner. I will leave this link here
during the season.
ARBITER Tid Bit – Click on any official’s name on the ARBITER
and a drop down screen will show his address.
Click on that address and MapQuest will provide a map to his house. Do
the same thing for a school for a map to that school or rec
My Email Address
- email@example.com (That is a # 1 behind the eoa,
not an “L”)
Home Phone – 252 522 2373
Cell Phone -
- 252 559 0493
Mailing Address : 3000 Graham Dr, Kinston,
N C 28504
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