Welcome from The Editor
I loved the true sincerity that was shown
by some referees that I know. Here is what happened. During a
nationally televised NBA game one of my partners, Jess Kersey,
injured his Achilles tendon early in the first period and had
to leave the game. Hugh Evans and I worked the rest of the half
in a two-man crew. We were fortunate that another referee, Derek
Richardson, was in the arena and joined Hugh and I in the second
half. After the game we went back to the hotel and helped Jess
get situated in his room. Within one hour, I received nine phone
calls from some refereeing friends. None of the calls were the
usual hey, I saw your game on the tube today. EACH
of the calls asked about Jess injury and his well being.
They all wanted me to wish him well with his recovery. I cant
begin to tell you how proud I was to be associated with friends
who had a genuine concern about a person they didnt know
personally, but certainly respected as a part of the officiating
fraternity. Jess was moved by the news that I shared with him.
I, too, was moved.
Topic of the Month
As the basketball season nears an end it
is a good time for honest reflection on the year you have just
had. Hopefully you have improved in the mechanical areas of you
game as well as grown to understand your role as a team
player on the court.
Now is a good time to get away from the
court and game for a period of time. Let the flames rest and
establish a time schedule for re-kindling the fire within. Make
sure the plan includes improving rules knowledge, and work on
your conditioning. Decide what you want to do this summer to
remain stimulated and growing as a referee. Work a few recreation
games, attend a good camp, or work with new officials in your
area. Being involved in some way and to some degree will be of
benefit to you.
Getting Ready for Camp
Here are a few tips for selecting and attending
Your primary objective should be to attend
to become a better skilled official.
Assess the staff for their teaching ability, not their resume.
Get into good physical condition before you go to camp. First
impressions are lasting.
Have an open mind and be adaptable to the information you receive.
Identify and work on specific areas of weakness in your game.
Notable Quotes for Life on and
off the Court
The haves and have nots can usually be
traced back to the dids and did nots.
There is a price to pay to grow.
Commitment is the price. Ed Cole
A pessimist is one who makes difficulties
of his opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities
of his difficulties. Reginald B. Marshall
Be thankful for what you HAVE; youll
end up having more. If you concentrate on what YOU DONT
HAVE, you will never, ever have enough.
that You Might Have
If you have questions submit them to www.toliverbasketball.com
along with your email address and I will respond during the summer.
It has been a pleasure to interact and
offer insight into basketball officiating from my perspective.
During the next few months I will spend time refreshing myself
both mentally and physically. I will be attending several camps
to do lectures and banquets, and will play some golf.
I will also be directing my 13th Annual
Basketball Officiating School on June 21-24, 2001. We have an
outstanding staff, incoming conference supervisors from the collegiate
level, the NBA and WNBA, as well as developmental leagues. You
are encouraged to attend regardless of your level of experience.
Dont miss a great opportunity to grow and develop. I assure
you that you will improve your skills.
Best wishes and enjoy the summer!
To the world, you may be one person. But
to one person, you may be the world.
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