Teach me to be a good ref
March 17, 2014 2:41 PM Subscribe
In a few weeks, I will be refereeing a game of [obscure sportsball] for the first time. Please give me your tips to do as good a job as possible!
(I'm being deliberately vague about the sport because google indexes AskMe, the game(s) I'm officiating are relatively high profile in the sport, and I’d rather not have my anxieties broadcast to the community at large. It has rules somewhat similar to soccer/football, played on a smaller field at a correspondingly quicker pace. I’d be happy to provide more details over memail.)
There’s not much else to this question, really – I’m going to be “head ref” (i.e. the person who actually makes calls and such, as opposed to just observing on the field) for the first time, and, as a naturally quiet, non-confrontational type who tends to default to people-pleasing in uncomfortable situations, I’m a little bit nervous. Everyone is, in general, quite civil, but heated argument/debates do arise semi-frequently. I have a copy of the official rulebook and will be reviewing it lots leading up to the first game (it's been a while). Any sort of advice is greatly appreciated!