Monday, November 5, 2007

Hey Ref!

It's now been a full soccer season that Briana and I became soccer referees. It's been a fun and educational experience.

I did this for a few reasons...

1) I wanted to do something where I spent more time with Briana. Soccer is definitely one of her top interests. As well, she enjoys making money. Spending time with her was the most important thing. It didn't matter that we didn't have any earth shaking conversations, it mattered that we shared the same experiences. Even if it was both of us getting up at 6:30am for an 8:00am game. She definitely enjoyed hearing about my aching bones(muscles) as she couldn't understand why I was complaining. It's great to see how fit she is.

2) I wanted to get in shape. The doctor said so and I know it's good for me. The beginning of the season was a challenge with the heat in September. Those mid-afternoon games were a killer even though I just started at the U6 level (under 6 years old). Refereeing on Saturdays made me exercise during the middle of the week. It'd be too darn painful if I didn't do something during the middle of the week.

3) Making a couple of dollars while exercising sounded like a good thing to do.

Some notes about our experience in refereeing soccer:
  • Both Briana and I got "promoted" to older age levels rather quickly. We got promoted after refereeing the U6 level after 3 weeks. Some of Briana's peers went through a whole season or year before they were promoted. This happened for a couple of reasons... we tried our best and listened to the mentors. I also taught Briana the art of schmoozing. Whenever we saw the Referee Assignor, we (I) made the effort to say "Hello" and talk about how things were going. Briana was promoted to U8 and I was promoted to U9. The higher the age level, the more you get paid.
  • I learned alot about the rules especially with offsides. I also have a greater appreciate for referees and all that they do.
  • I got used to parents and coaches yelling at me with my calls or non-calls. This didn't happen too often, but it was weird when it did happen. Because when it did happen, I had this internal argument in my head... should I have called it, should I have not? Bottom line is that I tried my best.
  • Briana takes great pride in what she does. She received several compliments from coaches and parents on how well she refereed her games.

I enjoyed my time and am looking forward to next season in February.

Question for you ---- Is there something that you can be doing to be spending more time with your son or daughter? Don't like video games? Try it and you might like! They will appreciate all of the time that you spend with them! Remember that you don't have to be perfect at what they enjoy. It's the effort of being there and showing an interest in what they like.

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