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posted May 15, 2012, 5:03 PM by KSRA Secretary

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Post #10

posted May 13, 2012, 3:43 PM by KSRA Secretary

First really hot (temperature wise) game IMHO. Specially so since on TRU turf with zero wind. And wearing the dark kit. 
PCSL Womens competitive.
Was there an impact due to the heat and fact both coaches liberally substituted in the 2nd? Yes, yes there was. After the match I commented to the ARs that it didn't feel that I was moving as much in the 2nd and the stats back that up.
1st half 2.84 km, avg speed 3.2 and max speed 20.5.
2nd half 2.58, avg speed 2.8, max speed 16.8.

Nearly a 1/3 of km less travel, slower avg speed and max sprint was far below half 1.
Also, the 2nd half track is definitely shifted towards the bench touchline. I wonder if my positioning was impacted by the subs (I would grab the sub slip at the half line if I was closer that the AR) - perhaps I wasn't getting back deep enough into the field when I restarted play? Have to keep an eye on that - don't want to get caught out of position due to restarting play too early and not where I should be.
1st half

2nd half

Trevor and Nathan did a great job Assisting (as usual). 

Post #9

posted May 10, 2012, 10:09 PM by KSRA Secretary

Mens game tonight. Nice weather unlike the other day when the hurricane hit. Felt I was moving pretty good. GPS backs it up... Halves of 2.56km and 2.77km. New top avg speed, I hit 3.1km / hr. Much better stats than my first mens game, maybe some conditioning is kicking in? Cue the bionic man music.
Curtis and Darrin did great work. Lots of eye contact and we worked as a team.
Glad Emmi did the 7 steps to wall mgt presentation last week. Wall management can be a crucial part of a match. Had a situation which I felt I managed correctly. Coach had a different opinion but replaying it over (several times) I'm good with how I handled it (and the outcome).

And yes, I actually owned a Steve Austin action figure!

Peel away forearm skin to reveal his electronic sinews!

And for boys of a certain age, if I said name one bionic man episode, I bet 99 / 100 say it's the sasquatch one.

Post #8

posted May 9, 2012, 11:23 PM by KSRA Secretary

One of the tools the KSRA implemented this season was a small side match incident report form, a way for officials to report incidents or concerns in small side games. Already in this young season it's been used more than I would like (which is zero usage). My gratitude to the officials who take the time to report their concerns.
I can't believe it took me 3 years to put this tool into place.
I'm so sorry to all the small side referees who endured a bad game due to a coach or parents, or maybe had a question but didn't know who or where to ask it. 
I wonder how many good young officials we've lost over the years because they had a bad experience and felt they had no support so they simply quit. 
Small side officials are learning and will sometimes make mistakes, I'm the first to admit it. But these are kids and how we treat them will impact the type of people they will grow up to be. Do we want tolerant and accepting, or angry and belittling?
If we don't all learn a bit more respect we won't have a game at all.


Post #7

posted May 8, 2012, 10:40 PM by KSRA Secretary

Spoiler alert!
So I'm getting in the final minutes of Glee before I have to leave for the game. What an ending. Rachel as prom queen?! I admit, I teared up. 
On to the game...
Womens Open game. Km by half: 1.83km & 1.84km, for a total of 3.67 which is slightly below what I've been tracking. Couple of reasons for this. 1) Smaller field. Kinda narrow and as a result I kept finding myself in the middle of the play, and 2) the wind really affected play. A strong south/north wind kept the play in one half.
The 1st half gps track:
Oh, got to work with a new AR, Rachelle. Her second game as AR and she did really well.
Peace out!

Post #6

posted May 6, 2012, 10:14 PM by KSRA Secretary

Well, another tournament in the books!
And what awesome weather it was. The soccer tan is in fine form. 
I have two wrist watch tans. I look like I've been wearing thick handcuffs.

Just a thought about routine. I think it's important that officials develop a pre game routine. Maybe I'm a bit OCD but I tend to put on the ref kit the same way every game. I wear a certain badge ( I have 3), when I warm up I try and stick to a basic routine. I find this pre game routine... comforting. It puts me in a positive frame of mind and mentally focuses me for the task ahead. 

Had the pleasure of working with Emmi twice today. Always looking to improve, she is. Asks questions, she does and is intensely curious about correctly handling situations. A hallmark of a young jedi a great referee.

Post #5

posted May 3, 2012, 10:04 PM by KSRA Secretary

First mens game tracked. Total km = 4.97, avg speed = 2.9 km / hr.
Unfortunately the google earth overlay is out of date so I can't see the track relative to the field. I suppose I could take a screen shot of the track and overlay on google earth myself (keeping the scale correct), but yah, kinda tired, and nobody reads this anyway.
I think I could have man managed one situation better. I'll try and learn from it. 
Gosh, it's going to be tough to fill all the games this season. Kudos to Fahrudin and Ali for the work they put into it!

Post #4

posted May 2, 2012, 2:09 PM by KSRA Secretary

Below are the gps results of games last week (minus Ice Breaker). 
I'm thinking I need to pick up a heart rate monitor and ideally sync heart rate to gps them I could chart/track fitness (improvement?) over the season.

Mens rec game, 35 min half, no ARs. This is my track for the 2nd half. 1.85 total km, avg speed of 3.0 (!) km/hr. Notice the track boundaries (red outline) mirrors the field.

April 27, Womens league. 35 min half, with ARs. I tracked the 1st half. Total km=1.74km, avg speed = 2.3km/hr.
More diagonal track for sure.

Finally, April 28. U15 girls with 35min halves and no ARs. Here's the 2nd half. No ortho overlay as the Google Earth map is out of date to the current field configuration.  The line chart at the bottom is speed. Not many (or any) speed bursts, rather more an overall simmer. Total km = 1.19 km, avg speed of 2.9km / hr.

See you on the pitch my 2 loyal readers!

Post #3

posted Apr 29, 2012, 9:20 PM by KSRA Secretary

The first tournament of the season - the Ice Breaker - is in the books. Great weather for sure.
I was able to work with many different officials. Good to see brand new refs and long time vets working together. Was able to capture some pictures, see them here
Just a quick thought about feedback. As an official we can hear many different feedback during the game (from players, coaches, spectators). It's important that we as officials are able to give and receive feedback from each other in positive, constructive ways. Refs, take some time after a game to debrief with your team - how did the game from everyone's perspective, was there a game situation the team needs to discuss? Athletics cool down after a workout and officials should do a game 'cool down' as well. 
I know I give feedback ad nauseam  - my goal is to see every official have the tools they need to succeed - and yes, I like to receive it as well. After my game today I received some very good feedback, I really appreciate the comments and definitely helps me see the game better.

As always, thanks to my 2 readers out there!

Post #2

posted Apr 28, 2012, 10:54 PM by KSRA Secretary

First day of Ice Breaker is done. 4 games. Body feels surprisingly not bad after dinner and lots of hydrating.
I didn't track gps (I know sad face), but I have last week's games tracked and I'll post those shortly. 
Took pictures which I'll post shortly. Great to see some many officials in one place!

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