Week in Review, I thought Last Week was Bad;
Elton John sang “I’m still Standing”;
Personal Note Next Saturday, I will be Late to the Regional Finals;
You, the Officials, Were Great;
Coat & Tie this Week, Get that ready;
Great Interest in Camp Already; Definitely No Part Timers;
Camp Brochure is Ready, Email me if you want one;
What Stays & What Goes;
What I am Proudest of;
Week in Review, I
Though Last Week was Bad
– Wow, Don’t ever
say “This is the worst I have ever seen” because it might even get worse than that. That’s
my lesson for the day. Last week during the Conference Tournaments was bad;
but so was this week with the Sectional Tournaments. It is definitely a two
week period I will not soon forget. We only got about 2 inches of snow in my
area but the temperature never got above freezing and if it did; it dropped
back down at night and re-froze. The ice just would not go away. I can’t blame Superintendents for not
letting the kids travel. With all the miles the buses would have to travel to
and from the far away schools this past week; it was just too big of a chance to
take. However in our area, by Thursday, most of our schools were in shape to
host a game. The problem was that the
team they were supose to play was in an area like
Raleigh or Rocky Mt that got ten inches of snow. All the schools were really
wondering what to do; finally the NCHSAA announced late Friday that it would
#1) allow Sunday games to complete the First round and # 2) Push the Regionals back to a Thursday start thus freeing up Monday
and Tuesday to complete the Sectionals.. Then things finally started to fall
in place, it’s like the Sun came out.
Some games got played Friday, even more are scheduled to be played
Saturday and hopefully we are on our way to completion of the Sectional
Recapping this Past
Tuesday, – We had 30 total First Round games scheduled
to be played on Tuesday which was the first day Sectionals could start. (I think they will look back at that and
probably move back to Monday starts in the future. That one more day would
have been very valuable this year). By
late Monday night, 20 of those games were already moved to Wednesday; but
they were going to try to play 10 of them. But by the time Tuesday came,
those ten games got canceled as well.
Total: 30 out of 30 games from Tuesday were canceled. NCHSAA
instructions stated that games canceled should be rescheduled for the next
day; so all the games were rescheduled for Wednesday.
Wednesday – By Tuesday afternoon, they were already
canceling the games on Wednesday. When I went to bed Tuesday night, there
were still 11 of those 30 games still left on the schedule. But by Wednesday noon, all but one game
were cancelled. That one game was Ashley at New Hanover, two teams in the
same town and they played. Total: 29
out of 30 games canceled.
Thursday – By early Wednesday, they were already
canceling games on Thursday. I started with 29 games for Thursday but when I
went to bed Wednesday night, there were just 9 games left on the slate. 9 games were played Thursday; most of the
teams were from the east coast or from the Fayetteville area that our teams hosted.
Total: So Thursday night, out of 30 first round games, we had only played
10. 20 first rounders left to play. Are we running out of time?
Friday – 20 games started out on tap; but 8 are left on
the schedule by Friday afternoon and are played Friday night. Wow, no way we
are going to get the Sectional Tournament completed by Tuesday now. We still have 12 first round games and
unsure when they will be played. Friday afternoon, the NCHSAA announces it
will allow first round games to be played on Sunday, but no second round
games. Second round games are to be completed Monday, and third round or
finals are to be completed by Tuesday.
They also announced that the Regional tournament in Fayetteville would be pushed back to a
Thursday start and double up on the games from Tuesday and Wednesday. Aaaah, some
breathing room. We may just get it in
with the weekend coming and some of the snow melting. Things finally started
to look brighter.
Saturday – I had assigned the 12 first round games
scheduled for Saturday, but one (at Eastern Wayne Boys) got immediately
pushed back to Sunday. So as we go to press with this web page around 1:00pm
Saturday, there are 11 first round games that look like they will be played.
Sunday - We have one first round game scheduled for Eastern
Wayne on Sunday .
Comment - When 30 games are
moved from one day to the next, it is not just a matter of moving the
game on the Arbiter and being done with it.
I had to make sure all officials got the message. If you were quick to accept, my mind was
relieved about you, but I still had others who were very slow at times. Some were working, all good excuses, but it
did not ease my mind as the game sat there. Now often times, there was at
least one person in the crew that could not work the next day. Now I have to
find a replacement in just hours and change the Arbiter for the Bookkeepers.
I was on the phone all day to either the schools or the officials. And as schools called in to cancel their
would have games left that I was uncomfortable about. I would think, “This
school is playing a team out of Raleigh
and they canceled. This team is also playing a team out of Raleigh and they have not canceled
yet”. So I would try to call that
school. Have you ever tried to get up
with a coach or AD at school. They are either in
class or out in the gym. Many are not
allowed to have their cell phone on at work; friends, you don’t get many of
them on the first try. Hectic is not a good description. Finally as I would get them, yes, their
game was canceled too. And other games
would be set for 7:00 with all the officials accepting the game, then the AD would call and want to start at 5:00. Move the game again,
hope the officials would accept again.
It was rough.
Elton John sang “I’m
still Standing” –
Well, I am a little beat up but
I’m still standing. I have had good support from most of our officials and
many of you have sent me great emails as well as messages on Facebook with your sympathy. I appreciate all of the thoughts but I also
appreciate all your help in getting these games covered. We seem to have a
“Great” system in place where you look on the Message Board of the Arbiter as
well as other places and you have been extremely professional in calling your
partners, etc. I am just glad this happened at the end of my career instead
of at the beginning. I would have
pulled my hair out 20 years ago. I use to cuss like a sailor when the phone
rang with a cancellation; now, it is just part of the job and does
not bother me near as bad. They are still cancelling no matter what I say or
how I react so let the water flow off my back and just deal with it. I cope
much much better now. In fact, now when some of the
Ads call, we just start laughing before he tells me he is canceling. We both
know its coming and there isn’t anything either of us can do, so we laugh and
wish each other well. He has his job to do and I have mine.
Looking at the Week
Ahead – Now each of the top three
or four teams advance to the Sectional Tournament without playing a game or
practicing for a game in over a week.
How ragged are those first Sectional Tournament games going to
be? We can say one thing, “It will be
the same for all of them basically”.
Sunday – The State said that Sunday could only be
used as a last resort for first round games.
It is not a free day just to play.
It is for the emergencies of a last chance to get your first round
game caught up. We have one such game.
Cedar Ridge boys have not been able to get out of town so they will
try again Sunday to make it to Eastern Wayne
in a boys first round game. That would complete our hosting of first
Monday – While second round games could be played if
both teams had completed their first round games and could get together and
work it out except on Sunday; this Monday, Mar 2 is now set to have the
second round games completed. We do not know at this time how many second
round games we will have. It all
depends on which of our Higher seeded teams win. Normally if you are a 1 – 16 seed, you host
a first round game. Likewise, if you are a 1-8 seed, you are guaranteed to
host a second round game. With games still to be played, we must wait to see how
our teams with those type seeds fair. Did they win or lose? We will know a
lot more after Saturday’s games are complete. Of the games that have been completed, we
are assured of 9 home games thus far.
We had thirty in the first round; we could expect possibly no more
that 15 in the second round if every team had won. We have a couple more chances to pick up
another game or two. We book our own teams in the second round.
Tuesday – Tuesday is set aside for the Sectional
finals. We do not book our own teams in these third round finals. Mark assigns us neutral games and those
assignments can not be made until we see who “ALL” the winners are on Monday
night late. I suspect it will be late
Monday, probably after 10:00pm before I start to know who our teams will be.
I will be scrambling to make those assignments. I can only ask for your
cooperation and your patience.
Wednesday – Wednesday, Mar 4 is an off day. It is the day between the end of the
Sectional Tournament and now the start of the Regionals
on Thursday. For our Regional crews, Mark will now make the Regional
assignments on this date and I will notify those officials when their
Regional assignments are.
Thursday – In the past, the Regionals
started on Tuesday with two games in the Arena and two games in the Coliseum.
With the Sectional tournament being delayed, they took these two games at
each site and added them to the already two games at each site on Thursday,
thus playing four games each day. So
Thursday, there will be 4 games at the Fayetteville Crown Arena and 4 games
at the Fayetteville Crown Coliseum. I do not have the Classifications at my
fingertips but they are probably on the NCHSAA web site. I will list them on
my Facebook Group page later. The games at each venue will start at
Friday – Friday’s Regional Schedule is like Thursday’s,
only different Classifications. Two games will probably be Girls and two
games will probably be boys
of the four games at the Fayetteville Crown Arena and the four
games at the Fayetteville Crown Coliseum.
Saturday – The Finals will be at the same sites as
Thursday and Friday. There will be four Girls Championships and four Boys
Championships. By the way, the Crown Coliseum and the Crown Arena share a
parking lot and are within a long walking distance of each other. Your High School Officials pass will get
you in the games and you can go from one venue to the other each day or night.
Personal Note, Next Saturday, I will Be Late
to the Regional Finals – I have
not missed a Finals in Greenville or Fayetteville in my 31
however this year, due to a personal schedule conflict, I will
be late. I apologize and I hope our crews work the late games so I will still
get to see them.
fortunate enough to play on a pretty good NC State Wolfpack
Basketball Team in
College and in 1965 (Darn, that’s 50 year ago), we won the ACC Tournament by
beating the # 1 Tournament See and very good Duke team. NC State is going to honor that 1965 team
at half time of the Syracuse Game at the PNC Arena in Raleigh on Saturday, Mar 7. We had a 25 Year
Reunion of that team 25 years ago and that is the last time I have seen many
of my team mates. I plan on leaving right after the game and hotfooting it to
so I will not get there until around 4:30 or 5:00pm. That NC State Game will
be Televised so set your VCRs. And pull for State.
You, the Officials,
Were Great, AGAIN –
Wow, it may have been hard on me
with the schools canceling one behind another; but you the officials, were
fantastic. I did not get a lot of
calls from you asking if your game was still on. You read the Message Board on the Arbiter
or you read the postings on Facebook; you did
something to discover that your game was canceled. You were great; I thank you sincerely for
Coat & Tie
Required in All Tournament Games – Wear your Coat and Tie for the
games the rest of the way now. Our By Laws even state that all tournaments
require that the man wear a coat and tie and that the ladies dress in
suitable appropriate attire.
Did Not Have Time
Last Week to Send Out any Camp
Bulletins Either – I know some of you are excited about our
Referee Camp and want to see some information on that event. I just did not have time to send out
anything this past week. I hope to start
the bulletins this coming week.
Great Interest in
Camp Already, No Part Timers Will be Accepted – I sent out the first initial bulletin over a week ago. Just wanted you to know that there is a lot
of interest in Camp this summer. We
are now up to 24 officials that have told me they were going. That is well
ahead of the pace for any camp in the past.
It is nice to see that you are taking this opportunity to get in front
of the new guy and show him what he has for next season. And competitive; did
I tell you it was competitive. Hope so
because it will be competitive. There are already two officials signed up
that finished first; another one that finished second and two more that
finished third at previous camps.
Throw in a couple more officials that called an all Varsity schedule
this year and #1 is totally up for grabs. But the most important thing is for
the new Regional Supervisor to see what he has and who he can use at the
Varsity Level. All the officials will improve and make a steady advancement
towards that goal as well. I anticipate that there will be no part time
officials. It is looking very much
like this camp will fill up with full time people. If I can get all full time people, I will not sit
anyone down that is staying the full three days so the new man can look at
someone who can only come one day. I think he as well as I would be looking
someone who is willing to commit full time to work on their game and show
what they can do.
Finally, If this is
Your Last Year Refereeing, Let me Know – I asked several of you before the season started if you were thinking
about retiring, go one more year and retire with me. As the season winds
down, I would like to say a few words about the officials calling it a Career
on the web page here. Please, if this is your last year calling; let me know
so I can include you in another “Honoring Officials” episode. Please let me
know now if this is “it” for you. Thanks. Just send me an email.
If You are Planning
to go to our Summer Camp, Please Let me Know – If you have ever been to camp, you know I send out these camp bulletins
telling you what to bring, where to be, what the plans are, the first day
schedule, and just general things any camper should know. I talk about tips for making a better
finish and generally just stay in contact with you during the off season. I
will start those bulletins hopefully this week and want to start making a
roster of officials that are interested in this last camp. If you would like
to get on the Camp bulletin list, send me an email. As we have stated, this is probably THE
MOST IMPORTANT CAMP we have every conducted. This may be the first time the
new Regional Supervisor gets the opportunity to see you and evaluate how you
will fit in his scheme of things for next season.
We were short on officials this year and could have used some more. But
as you have seen from the column above, there are many officials that are not
returning. There are going to be more
spots up for grabs next year than any year in my 31 year history.
I have always been quick to say the best way to move up is: # 1 get better than the people in front of you OR # 2 be the
next best person waiting at the door when a slot comes open. I do not know
who will get the job, but I can guarantee that he is not going to know the
ability of over ten officials. This camp is your opportunity to show him what
you can do and show him that you are INTERESTED in being a vital part of his
organization. If you have never been to a camp, you should NOT MISS this
opportunity to move. Think of this, if he does not know you, you will start
at the bottom and it will take you years to move up. If he sees you work and has
an idea of where to put you right off the bat, you could get somewhere and
have a successful career for the next ten years. Should you go to this
camp? Only you can decide that
answer. But I can advise you. You
should be to this one.
The Camp Brochure
is Ready, Email me if your Want One – I have the Camp
Bulletin ready to email
out. Instead of putting it on the Web Page, I will just email it to anyone that
shows an interest in Camp. If you want
a Brochure, simply send me an email.
When I retire, What
Stays & What Goes:
The TMRC Camp – One Last camp as my legacy to the EOA group. I want to do some to help introduce you to
your new boss. This is the best thing I can do for both you and him.
The Web Page - at least through
June and Camp
The EOA1 Group Facebook Page - Definitely, we
have a lot of friends there commenting on sports issues;
The Pick Em Contests - definitely, too much fun to let go
The Golf Tournament – It was struggling towards the end. Not enough
golfers, too many conflicts. We could only get about 14 or 15 when we should
have been getting 25 to 30. That is gone.
The Web Page – That will probably go after the final Camp in June
The TMRC Camp – I feel I still have a lot to offer, but would struggle
to get enough people to attend by not having games to offer. That will go
after this last one June 17, 18, 19.
Some Things I am Proudest of:
The Camp – We trained a ton of officials and most of the Varsity
officials today went through that camp at one time or another. It had a reputation that brought many other
officials from other areas to the camp even if we could not give them games
afterwards. We had officials from Greensboro, Charlotte, Greenville, Fayetteville and places beyond and we even had Ken Brewington come down from Alaska several times. I can’t give a man
any games, but he just wanted to get better and he did. He finished in the Top Three twice. We
could look at an official and say, “He went to camp”; he just had that aura
or flare about him that he called with a littler confidence and super
The Association Meeting – I resisted the going growing attitude of some
Supervisors to have the meeting in conjunction with the State Meeting. That just tells me they did not have enough
material to have a stand alone meeting and wanted to JUST GET IT OVER WITH. I am proud that we always had a two hour
meeting to discuss new officials, departing officials, Business of the Board,
Rule Changes, Point so Emphasis, EOA Policies, etc
EOA Board Meetings – We never had a meeting for the sake of
meeting. Our Board members attended
and we brought up material that was important to us; and we definitely did
not have a “YES” Board. Several times
members went away mad over something they were fighting for. I am proud of
the fact that you the officials knew who our Board Members were and when we met.
And you were told the results of the meeting.
I dare say there are some of you in other sports who could not name
anyone on your Board of Directors. You should know all of ours.
At One Time More Officials With State Tournament Experience – Back
about 15 years ago, we had more officials with State Tournament Experience
and Regional Experience that any association in the State. That meant a lot
We had the first Female to call a Boys State Championship game. We
sent Teri Mohr to the State to Call a Girls Championship game in 1997. Dick Knox
remembered her and when I sent her name back in 2002 in a year that we had
the boys Championship; Dick Knox not only accepted her, he gave her the 4A
Boys State Championship. That is a
pretty big deal.
First on the Arbiter in the State – While everyone else was using home
made programs, Link em Up Programs, etc, we went to
the ARBITER early. I could see there
was nothing better. Now every
Supervisor in the State has to be on the Arbiter. They can never take away
that I was first.
First Continuous Running Referee Camp – Bill Kelly beat me by a year
but he discontinued his after either two or three years. It was not too much
trouble for us and we continued ours for 25 years. Even Bill Kelly told me
many times that the camp was the best thing for our officials he had
seen. He told me he could really tell
a difference in our officials.
Web Page – Other Associations may have posted something on the
Internet about their Association but we were first with a web page like you
know it today. Others have a better
looking page with the bells and whistles and the pictures; but for
information, I will still compare ours to any out there. And we are the ONLY ONE to write a
NEWSLETTER and change it every single week of the year. I asked one agent how often he changed his
page; “Oh about four times a year” was his answer. I have always felt it was
important as well as a lot more fun to share some information. You must agree
because you continue to reads it every week. And I bet you can’t find a list
of Mechanics on the other web pages. But they don’t think that is important.
They think “Getting the call right” but I claim that you can do both and we
do it best.
We are the Only Group to Sit Together at the Regionals
and at the State Championship – You can find us easy at those games, we are
all in the same spot. In fact a lot of
the officials from the other associations now come and sit with us. I am
pretty proud of that.
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Up Coming Events / Dates::
Sectional Tournaments – Feb 24, 26, 28, Mar 1, 2, 3 Around our area
Regional Tournament – Mar 5 – 7, Fayetteville
State Championship – Mar 14, Raleigh
& Chapel Hill
Referee Camp; Myrtle Beach
– June 17, 18, 19
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,
N C 28504
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