So I’ve been working at memorizing the 2014 NAH rule book. In particular, I’ve started making flash cards to quiz myself on sections/language of the rules, hand signals, requirements of play and penalties.
Basically, I’m nerding out as hard as possible on understanding and remembering the rules. I’m not ashamed. I’m not embarrassed.
One of the main reasons I’m doing this (besides the Eastside Qualifier coming up here in Lancaster and my own aspirations in becoming a top-notch ref), is because part of the Eastside Thaw this year is a…well I don’t quite know how to phrase it, really. Alias is asking folks to work on being refs, and particularly “good” refs (I think this means you don’t start crying after players tell you everything that’s wrong with you) win stuff and acclaim.
And gamification works on me, folks. It really does.
So I’ve spent the past week reading over the rules every night before I go to bed, and by the end of today I’ll have flashcards to carry around and drill myself on whenever I have a spare moment or my boss pulls me into a meeting.
Is this going too far? Maybe so–but it’s something I want to be good at, and like all things you want to be good at, you’ve got to embarrass yourself a little bit to get there.
So anyway, we’ll see how much sticks and how well I do as a ref during the Thaw. Here’s to hoping, right?
…got my own whistles and everything…