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Right now as the season comes to a close is the time to re-cap what we have accomplished as individuals and what we need to work on during the off season.  Our memory is fresh and we would be able to write down ceratin areas of our game that require attention.  Print the exercise form by clicking this DOWNLOAD link.

 


HOW TO SELF-ASSESS MY OVERALL OFFICIATING GROWTH

As we continue this tremendous journey of basketball officiating, we must understand that as time passes this vocation/avocation becomes more and more like a business and WE are the product that needs to be bought by coaches, assignors and other decision makers.  With that being said, just like in any other sales business the product, YOU, must evolve with the current climate of basketball officiating.  If you do not, you will remain where you are and not progress while others who work harder will leap right over you which is followed by finger pointing as to why you didn't move up or get the better schedule.  These easy steps will hopefully assist you to create a new end of season habit.  Good luck...

 

SELF ASSESSMENT:  Sit down with yourself and engage in a self-assessment exercise.  You must be HONEST with yourself or it will not work!  Don't be a "Validator" of your current work i.e. finding a way to justify you were right.

IDENTIFY: Once you recap your season, identify at least three (3) areas of improvement i.e. clocks, block/charge, flash plays and/or conflict resolution with coaches/players to create your plan.

PLAN:  Take each topic and list the ways you are going to improve in each area you've identified during the upcoming off season months.

GOALS:  Now you have a set of SMART goals for your off season growth.

IMPLEMENT:  You now have your Roadmap for improvement, implement this plan during summer camps and Spring & Summer games.

 

We as officials are no different than the players.  They are 5 individuals working together as 1 unit for the common goal of making more baskets than their opponent.  During the off season they work on their individual skills in order to bring them all together with their teammate's skills in the winter to work as one.  We as officials should have the same philosophy and work ethic with the goal of having a high % of correct calls.  We are constantly seeing players creating new moves and plays which have the officiating community scratching their heads with social media discussion as to what to call.  We must keep up with them and the decision makers must address these new trends/plays with guidelines to help officials "Make the Call".

Remember to be S M A R T with your goals!  

Keep checking back on this DDR Member page for more lessons.  Now let's get ready for the off season and improve as individuals!

Sometimes it's best to conduct this exercise in a group settting as long as the egos are checked at the door.

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