Mechanics Don’t Matter, Get the Call Right;
Link has been Updated;
Is This It ?
(7/5/2015) Mechanics are
not important, Just Get the Call Right – In March of 2012, I sent an official to the State Championship game and
his mechanics were so great, he put the rest of the officials there to
shame. The very next day, we had a
Booking Agents meeting in the NCHSAA Offices. The topic of that meeting: “Oh
mechanics don’t Matter, Just get the Call Right” and that has been the State’s
Motto ever since. Mechanics don’t just happen, you have to work at it and
work hard. You have to get called in
if you don’t do it and you have to get praised if you do. I am proud that the
EOA had the best mechanics of any association and that has been true for 25
or more years that you have had that honor.
I also hate to see that term, “Mechanics don’t matter, just get the
call right” being slung around so loosely.
What they mean to say is “You are the best and we give up” because we
are not willing to work at it hard enough to improve. There is not one shred
of evidence that suggest if you do the proper mechanics, you will miss the
call. Likewise, there is not one shred
of evidence that suggest that if you don’t do mechanics, you will get the
call right. I have always known and you have always PROVED that you can do
both. You can use good mechanics and
you can get the call right.
Mechanics are your way of
telling Players, coaches, fans, the table and your fellow referees what you
called. But this new wave of thinking is saying it is alright to blow the
whistle and put a shooter on the line?
You don’t have to go to the table and tell who fouled him. You don’t
have to tell anyone how many shots till you decide to quit shooting. On out
of bounds plays, you only have to give it to one team; you don’t have to wait
for the opponent to line up or point any direction. You call a foul and the coach asks what he
did. Are you going to tell the coach, “ I don’t have to tell you that, its not important, I got
the foul” See how absolutely stupid
that is. Just because you use mechanics does not mean you are going to miss
the call. Just because they don’t use
mechanics does not mean they got the call right.
areas of coverage all are mechanics. Positioning, rotations and coverage put
you in the right place to get the call right. So what if these other
associations don’t want to tell the clock operator when to start the clock; I
encourage you not to ever fall into that “Cop Out” trap. Have some pride in what you do, use good
(6/20/2015) Camp is Over,
Please Notice the Date Above – The
Date above says: “Sun, June 21 – Sat, ? ? ? ?,
2015”. That means most of the stuff I
wanted to talk about has passed. I
definitely wanted to run this page through the Referee camp and we will talk
a lot about what went on last week here today. But after this, I have no official duties
and I doubt that I will hear anything from the State Office about what is
coming up, when the deadline to register is and all that stuff I have always
had on this page. And the readership has dropped so significantly that it
will not be worth my time to sit down for two and three hours on the weekend
and write a web page. So we will probably do as we said we would do. We will add an item or too every now and
then and place a date out beside it so you can see that it has recently been
added. By doing that, you can now read
it once a month of so and still be fairly current. This web page will certainly die a slow
(6/20/2015) Really Really Disappointed in Some Officials – I can’t tell you how disappointed I am with
some officials. I asked officials to
sign up for camp. Then I asked that
since this was the last one, I wanted to make it special and that we needed
to get the deposits in a little earlier and that since check in could have
been at 9:00am; I
would not have time to set up a desk
to take your money at camp. We needed
to get the balance taken care of by June 1st. Well 25 signed up and swore to me they
would be to camp. But 7 of them told
me their money was short and they would either be
sending it, paying all of it at camp or making arrangements to pay. Eighteen
did as they were asked; they paid the deposit and then paid the balance on
time. But as I always did; if you told me you were struggling with finances,
I would put it off or work with you any way I could. Camp is so important to
one’s career, I
would do anything to help you get to camp.
Remember, 18 paid in full.
But three days before we go to camp, Roy Turner puts out a schedule of where
he is going to be over the summer. He will be at the UNC-Wilmington camp one
day, he will be at the blast one day, he will be at Wesley Carter’s camp one day and he will be
at Fred Lynch’s jamboree one day. That
very day that Turner email came out; Five officials that swore they were
going to camp but pleaded to pay later emailed me and told me they could not
make it. It did not matter to them
that I had already made the schedule, paid for their rooms and meals at
camp. It did not matter to them that I
had already ordered tee shirts, note pads, pens and whistle switches. It did
not matter that now we would be short handed and their fellow officials would
now have to work extra games to get all the holes filled in. What to I do. I just say “OK” and we would do the best we
can. But in the end, when Roy Turner
asks me about these officials, I will tell Roy the truth about how they can officiate;
but I will also have to tell them how they can not be depended on and that
they can’t be trusted with what they tell you they are going to do.
But wait, on the day of
camp, two officials simply do not show up. They never called or
anything. And when we tried to call them,
they would not answer their phone.
Tommy Mattocks will not lift a finger to help those officials. Instead
of campers working a game, being off two games and coming back rested; the
campers now had to work a game, be off one game and then come right back. Every camper that did not pay a deposit was
a no show at camp. Coincidence, I
(6/20/2015) What a Camp,
Rough but so Well Worth It; Recap – With seven officials short, it made for a tough camp. But the ones that came were a great group. They volunteered when we had a hole to fill
and they were on their court when they were suppose
to be. They were great. While it was two or three games more than
we wanted them to call; in the end, it helped them by getting on the court
more and having a counselor critique them in more games. While it was very hard and tiring at the
time; they all benefitted from it. Every camper improved and made a pile of
new friends. I suspect this camp
bonded them together as much as any. And competitive. Probably any of the top ten could go right
out and call varsity games. And the
others with the right partners could do the same thing.
(6/20/2015) Roy Turner Saw
Em All - Roy Turner
arrived at camp around 8:15am on Tuesday and the first games did not start til 10:00am. He mingled upstairs in the classroom and met
officials as they arrived. Then at 10, he stayed in my class and I introduced
him. He gave about a ten minute account of what he expected and what he was
looking for and then he was out on the courts observing officials. At
11:00am, he came back to the class and did the same thing with those
officials for ten minutes and then he was observing again. He agreed to stay
for the wrap up class from 8:00 to 9:00pm thet
night. After all the games were over
for the day, we were back in the class room this time with all the campers
and the counselors. Roy
gave at 55 minute class with questions and answers. It was very enlightening
and even I was ready to go to work for him.
I think Turner will do fine and he has a good vision of what he wants
to accomplish. Eighteen officials and
6 counselors have now met Roy Turner, worked in front of him, talked with him
and even ate lunch and supper with him. And Roy Turner saw em all work.
(6/20/2015) Officials – These are the officials that sacrificed so
much to say they would come to camp and then be there. They all worked hard,
they all improved and you should not gripe when some of them jumps completely
over you as a result of their efforts and the fact they showed their new
supervisor they were serious about refereeing.
Nathaniel Baker - Kinston
Justin Best – Wilmington
Justin Brown – Hampstead
Carlos Braxton – Wilmington
Stephen Clayton – New Bern
William Johnson – Camp Lejeune
Chuck Knowles – Columbia, SC
Mike Marks – Jacksonville
Wayne Merritt – Wilmington
Derrial Robertson – Camp Lejeune
Mark Seiler – Havelock
Jason Weddle – Wilmington
Xavier White – Castle Hayne
Award Winners 2015 Camp:
# 1 Outstanding Camper –
Championship Crew U 1 –
Championship Crew U 2 – Mike
Most Improved – Nathaniel
Best Attitude – Jason Weddle
(6/20/2015) Counselors – Let me introduce the Camp Counselors. These are mostly your Clinic Leaders but
they are the do everything/ Be everything of the Association. They are responsibility for the lesson
plans at clinics, teaching the clinics, running the local scrimmages and they
volunteer every year for camp. They
are the unsung heroes of our basketball program. The Supervisor’s name is on
the association but it is these guys that make it go. I have always told them that and I can’t
thank them enough. This year, they were:
(6/20/2015) What Stays,
What Goes – OK, people; we are
near the end now. What stays?
The web page will stay on
for at least another month but will not get updated every single week. We
will go to the blog style where I just add something as I see the need.
The Pick Em
Contests will definitely stay. I have
made some good close friends there and none of us want that to go. I can see that going on five/ ten more years.
EOA1 Group Facebook Page – I will definitely keep that going. It will continue to be for sports fans to
talk basketball, baseball, golf, football, sports officiating of any kinds
and in general, anything to do with sports. It will be among friends looking
for a common interest on a Facebook page. I see that going many years as well. I am
not going to quit being your friend or quit being interested in what you are
doing just because I am not booking your games.
I will still be booking Mt
Olive University Mens JV and Womens JV
teams as well as all the Recreation basketball games in Kinston
and Lenoir County. If any of you still want to work any of
that, let me know.
Tommy Mattocks Referee Camp
Page has Been Updated – I have updated the link to the referee
camp that connects you to our camp page up top.
(6/20/2015) Is This It ? – It this
It ? For life
as I have known it for the last 31 years, YES. But for moving on among friends and still
conversing and being interested in what you do; NO, this is not it by a long
(6/14/2015) Could be the
Next to Last Web Page – I felt
like I could maintain interest in the web page through Camp and it looks like
I was right. Interest is waning as I have no more games to give and
basically, with this camp I will be out to pasture.
(6/14/2015) The Shirts
& Plaques are In, the Rooms & Meals Have been Paid For, and Camp is
here – Only one thing left to do.
Let’s go to work and let the learning begin.
(6/14/2015) Next Web Page
will Name Officials that Went to Camp – The next web page will list the top finishers, as well as all the
Officials that gave their time to get in front of Roy Turner, but mostly to
just improve as an official. We will celebrate our last camp and possibly our
last web page.
(6/14/2015) Many of You
Missed the Boat – As a Former
Booking Agent, I tried hard to convey to you the importance of letting your
new boss see you in a setting that could both help him as well as help you
next year when he sits down to make assignments. I must not have done a very
good job as only 25 officials and 7 counselors took me up on this last camp.
I know some of you are depending on a summer league game or just calling a
game and Roy
walk by; but I am telling you; it is not the same as when teams are playing hard
and officials are working hard, switching, calling fouls and hustling on
every ball down court like we do at camp. Roy Turner will know how to book
these officials and where to put them; but he will have no idea where to put
the ones that did not come. I am
thankful that the ones that chose to come will be steps ahead of the ones that did
not take this opportunity.
(6/14/2015) One Last Blast
at Myrtle Beach - I am thankful
for the opportunity to bow out at Myrtle
folks down there have been extremely nice to us and their facilities are
first class. And many of these counselors are some of my closest friends. It
will be a memorable three days for me.
(6/6/2015) Ordered Shirts, Trophies, etc - As
you know, the Tee Shirts, Plaques, Medallions, etc all have to be ordered in
time for the Company to print or fix them and get them back in. All that has taken place; everything has
been ordered and your Camp
Deposits have been
spent. Camp is just around the corner.
(6/6/2015) Counselors Classroom Topics – I asked each Counselor to send in their
Classroom Topic and each will get that opportunity to spend time with
you. They have come up with some neat
topics that even I want to sit in on some. A couple did not get back to me in
time for this web page but rest assured, they will have a topic by camp.
Robert Farley – Pre Game and
Ron Fly – Game Management
– How to Be THE Referee
– Free Throws
Gerald Marks – Dead Ball
Tommy Mattocks – 1 Class of
Orientation; 1 Class on Mechanics
(6/6/2015) Counselors will work a Game at Camp – In addition to Roy Turner seeing you for
the first time, I want him to see our counselors as well. While most of the couinselors
have refereed games at Ashley ; Roy Turner had other
duties to attend to and was not thinking about watching the refs as their
boss or critiquing them. It is just as important for Roy to get to know these officials as it is
the campers. And these Counselors are giving up their time to help you get
your foot in the door; we are going to allow them to work a game in front of
the new boss too.
(6/6/2015) All the Negative Stuff is Gone – Time heals a lot of wounds and while my wounds
will not heal anytime soon; it is time to get beyond all the negativity I
have had on this web page. Please note
that all of that stuff has now migrated off this page. While Mark and I will
not exchange Christmas Cards,he
had his say and I had mine. It is time
to move on.
(5/29/2015) Camp is Basically Set – We picked up another official who realizes the advantages and benefits
of starting next season with the new supervisor already knowing who he is and
what he looks like on the floor. That gives us 25 as June rolls around. I would not be surprised if wee did not
pick up four or five more. Just
remember, if you were the new boss, you know you would feel so much better
having seen a person work vs putting him in a game
and you have no idea what he looks like. Who is he going to give games to
until he sees everyone. We both know the
answer. Don’t miss this golden
opportunity; show him you are interested, show him you are serious, and show
him you are ready to do anything for him. And remember this; everyone is
starting over. Just because you called
JV ball for me does not mean he will not move you up. Just because you called Varsity ball for me
does not mean he will keep you there.
Everyone starts even and you show him what you can do. Good luck to all. I hope you all make his Varsity staff.
(5/29/2015) Camp Counselors – We have a great group of “who’s who” in the Eastern Officials
Association all set to serve as counselors and teach the officials that come
to camp in a couple of weeks. They will make you better and hopefully show
your best as Roy Turner gets to see most of you for the first time. I would
love to list them now in alpha order: Robery Farley, Ron Fly, Mike Fredette,
Richard Goldsby, Gerald Marks, Jean Wagnac and I will be working the floor a lot of the three
(5/29/2015) Roy Turner will be at the Camp in Myrtle Beach- We are delighted that Roy Turner will be at our last referee camp to
observe and get to know you as he prepares to take over the reins of the
Eastern Officials Association. We will basically let him be involved as much
as he wants to participate;
but I have definite plans for him to observe mainly. I will
however call him into the classroom sessions briefly to introduce him to the
group and let him speak of what he looks for in an official as well as some
of the things he wants to emphasize. But again, most of his time needs to be
observing officials and their talents while this opportunity presents itself.
(5/29/2015) Robert Farley is Heading up the Blast, He could Use
Your Help – The Blast is coming
back to Jacksonville
on July 15 – 20. They will be using 4
to 5 gyms and playing a slew of games.
can not handle that many games by themselves.
They open it up to anyone that wants to help, call a few games and
make a little money. I talked to
Robert this week and he told me: All games are three man crews; all games pay
each official $15 per game and he tries to schedule you three games in a time
block. If you want to work, stay fit
and make a little money along the way, give Farley a call ( 910 389 6679 ) or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
(5/16/2015) Roy Turner is the New Supervisor of Officials for the
EOA – Roy Turner has been
selected by the Selection Committee and approved by the NCHSAA Board of
Directors as your new Supervisor. His
Email address is email@example.com
and his cell phone number is 910
409 4787. He was Athletic Director at Ashley High School
in Wilmington. I believe he has made first contact with
most of you. He has told me he will be
at our camp in Myrtle Beach.
(5/9/2015) Appreciation – I can’t tell you how many letters and
emails I received in my support and those are what got me through this
process. And so many people told me
“something good would come out of this”, hang in there and keep your spirits
up. That prediction came True in the
middle of this past week. I started a new job that I can throw my passion
behind, that I thoroughly enjoy, that is right down my alley and that I can
do much of from my home. I am not at
liberty to say at this time what that job is because the terms of the
employment have not completely been worked out. I will release that job when
the timing is right.
(5/9/2015) Going to Miss the People – I loved that booking job though. Not so much the actually assigning of
the games, but the people. I loved watching
the officials work; loved watching the officials improve and advance. And I
loved visiting the schools and talking to the coaches and Athletic
Directors. That is the part I will
miss and probably never get over. So I have been blessed to have so many good
people around me. You have fulfilled
most of my dreams; I truly appreciate you. You made me want to do my best.
(5/9/2015) Last Legacy – As I leave and Roy Turner takes over, the best thing I can do is
introduce you to Roy and get Roy to take a look at you. I have invited
Roy Turner to my last camp and he will address the officials in the meetings
and look at you work on the floor.
Those that come to camp will be so much further along that the ones he
does not see because he will have absolutely no idea how to use them or who
to put them with. The ones he sees, he will definitely remember as he sticks
your name in games. So my legacy to
both you and Roy Turner is to help him get started.
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