Test Results, Statistics;
Ain’t You Glad it’s Over, I Am;
Now We Can Worry about the Games;
Wow, Our Football Schools Did Pretty Good, 3 Wins & 3 Losses;
What Football Playoffs Mean to Your Basketball Schedule;
Must Check Your Arbiter on Game Day before Leaving Home;
Tommy’s Tip # 17;
Test Results, Statistics – I have not counted actually numbers so some
of these figures are an estimate or a guess. I would estimate that 90% of our
officials made between 90 and 100. I
would say 8 % made in the 80s. My guess is about 2% made below 80 and are therefore
ineligible for playoff games or tournaments. We had 6 to make a 100; and we had 47 to
make 95 or better. I am very pleased
with the test grades overall.
Congratulations to these 6 Officials for Acing the Test – Ernest Brown, Garry Bryant, Harry Edwards, David
Fallin, Larry Honeycutt, Mike Jones,
10 Honorable Mentions
for a 99 – Brian Ahmad, Darren
Becton, Prestion Boone, Keith Cannon, Richard
Costner, Robert Farley, Mike Gerics, James Hodges,
Reese Lewis, Cleatis Smith,
5 Near Misses at 98 – Will Not List
10 Scores of 97 - Will Not List
16 Scores of 96 - Will Not List
16 Scores of 95 - Will Not List
Where Did We
Struggle the Most ? - I
did not take the test, nor have I seen a copy of the test, but According to
the chatter I have heard; the questions that seem to give the most trouble
were the ones about the electronic devices on the bench. And there was one other question where
there were three answers right under the question that were all wrong and you
had to scroll to see the rest of the answers, one of which was correct. That
question probably tripped a couple of people.
Ain’t You Glad It’s Over, I Am –
I am so glad the test is
over. I worry about someone forgetting
to take the test and someone having trouble at the end while trying to take
the test. It is such a relief when it is finally behind us.
Now We Can Worry about the Games – Look how far we have came. We had to go to all those local
clinics. We went to the State Clinic
and finally the Association Clinic.
Then we are always bombarded with scrimmages, some lasting all day
long. But all that is in the past and here comes
that darn test. Now that test is
history and it is time to enjoy the fruits of our labor and preparation. Finally the games are here. Let’s make the most of them while they are
still here. Have fun,
build relationships with both your fellow officials as well as the coaches.
Be vigalent but have fun at the same time. Let’s
enjoy the ride together.
Wow, Our Football Schools Did Pretty Good Friday Night: 3 Wins
& 3 Losses – We got three
teams playing for a State Championship. Congratulations to Havelock, SW Onslow and James Kenan.
Results from Round 3 on Nov 29:
3A – Eastern Wayne 20 Havelock 44
2A – SW
Onslow 19 Northeastern 9
1AA – Wallace 14 James Kenan 28
1A – Lejeune 13 Plymouth 50
Football Schedule for Our Area Schools:
3A – Havelock vs Concord
2A – SW Onslow vs Shelby
1AA – James Kenan vs West Montgomery
Playoffs Mean to Your Basketball Schedule – In the past, teams were not seeded for the playoffs. They were seeded by how they finished in
the conference. When that was the case, schools would play their basketball
games even if half their team was still playing football. A non conference loss did not mean that
much. Now, teams still make the
playoffs by their conference play, BUT are seeded by their overall record. To
get the highest seed and play a weaker team in the first couple rounds,
schools can not afford to give away an early loss while their team is not at
full strength due to football. They
are reluctant to play now and cancel the game or move it to a later date.
Most all are doing it that way now. We
had ten schools to win last Friday night.
If those ten schools are playing ten schools that did not make the playoffs, that is exactly half our public schools that we
book that could be involved in a possible canceled game. I can not stress
enough that you stay on top of this and check the Arbiter often.
Some Play, Some
Don’t, Some Change Around
teams just move the game to another date
cancel the game altogether
some change it around. Kinston
for example, moved some JV Boys up to Varsity & canceled the JV Boys
what ever the school asks to accommodate them; but on any change it always
involves a game time change
still play the JV and VGirls games, but must move
one back or the other up. The Arbiter
changes. You must check it.
Must Check the
Arbiter on Game Day before Leaving Home – Hey, you
know there are football games going on and you know they play havoc with
basketball schedules. Even if you do not go to a school that is in the
playoffs, that team may be scheduled to play a team in the playoffs. You
should make it a point, especially this time of the year, to check the
Arbiter just before leaving the house on game day.
If Anything in the
Game Changes, You MUST ACCEPT the game again – If the school calls and tells me they are moving the game from 4:30 to
6:00pm, the Arbiter is suppose to send you a game change notice. It does not
always do that, but when it does, you MUST ACCEPT that game again or else,
your name is not on that game when the Bookkeeper goes to write the game fees
check. Hopefully you want to get paid,
so you must stay on top of any change in the Arbiter. Be ready to go back an
accept the game if you get any type of notice from the Arbiter.
Tommy’s Tip # 17 – Find a Really Good Friend in Refereeing,
Call Him on the Phone Every Day. Ask him about his games. Ask Him about His Family. Go Out to Eat
Together. Involve your Spouse. Make this More than just a Game. You will Find that it Becomes more
Enjoyable for Both You and Your Spouse. – If You talk with a friend
often and find out what they are struggling with, it will make your learning
curve and his speed up. It exposes you
to more than just your experiences.
And if you involve the spouse, it makes it easier for you to persue your passion.
Go out to eat with a friend in officiating, it gives your spouse
something to look forward to and it keeps them from begrudging you being gone
so much. But a close friend just makes it that much more enjoyable.
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Office Hours for Officials – My office hours for officials are from 11:00am to 11:00pm
Up Coming Events / Dates::
Regular Season Games for
a Couple of Weeks, then the Christmas Tournaments
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
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Cell Phone -
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