It’s Really Just Mind Over Matter

We have all heard or used the phrase “Mind over Matter” haven’t we?  Have you ever had an obstacle in your path that prevented you from accomplishing something – and no matter how much you wanted to do whatever it was you felt intimidated or even afraid?  I...

See Something, Say Something

“If You See Something, Say Something” In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, New Yorker and advertising executive, Allen Kay came up with a phrase without a client in mind.  He simply wanted to create something positive in the days after the attack on the twin...

Be On Your Game

Be On Your Game! It’s always an important factor to be on your game before the whistle blows for the first serve. We want to be prepared and ready for our matches and first impressions are made when we walk through the doors of the gym. So, what are some things...

Growth!

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow.  If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” – Gail Sheehy Many of us believe this when it comes to our careers.  How many of us have applied this to our role as an official?  The sport of volleyball is always changing.  The...

Contacting Your Partner

Contact your partner….Contact your partner…..Contact your partner! Every year it is emphasized that we contact our partners before matches, yet many of us don’t.  The question is WHY……  there really is no good answer! We are asked to contact our partners...

Weekly Update October 17, 2016

This Week’s Updates & Reminders Next Chapter Meeting:  New Officials – Next Monday, October 24 Location:  Plano High School Start:  6:30 p.m. Education Forum:  Basics 101 Meeting Attendance Requirements If you have not met your meeting attendance requirement your...

Weekly Update October 3, 2016: Pre-Match – What’s It All About?

Pre-Match – What’s It All About? As volleyball officials, your duties don’t start after the National Anthem and introduction of the players.  There’s a lot to do before you get to that point. When you get your assignment, CALL YOUR PARTNER at least a week before the...

Weekly Update September 26, 2016: What Just Happened?

What is Going On? An official must be well prepared in terms of rules knowledge, technical skills, game experience, and match management. Despite all this, Murphy’s Law of “Anything that can happen will happen,” including mistakes is an officiating...

Weekly Update September 19, 2016: Rules! What’s the BIG Deal?

What’s the BIG Deal? Recently my family purchased a new board game. It was a game none of us had played previously and we thought it looked fun. When we opened the box the first thing we had to do was read and understand the rules. Being competitive I really...