'I Am Third': Learning to Find your Place on an Officiating Crew

By Dave Sheets on NFHS.org

With all due respect to Gale Sayers, I chose this title because I sometimes feel this sentiment when preparing to officiate a varsity basketball game. It is not a scary feeling, not a defeated feeling, it is an honest feeling. In fact, I believe it can be a very healthy feeling.

I would submit that you could have this feeling in officiating with crews of two, three, five or more. It is simply an acknowledgement that on this particular crew, on this particular day, you are not the lead dog.  READ MORE

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