Now it's official. I am working for the PSP in the capacity of Rules & Referees Coordinator along with Marcus Shepherd. When the opportunity presented itself it proved a challenge I couldn't refuse. Regulars here know I have had a lot to say on the subject of officiating and this is a grease under the fingernails chance to make a real world difference. I am confident I will have the support of the league and that the core of certified PSP referees will readily offer their help and assistance as we move forward. At events I will be working with Leon overseeing the pro fields while Marcus and his new assistant will supervise the divisional fields. We will also be responsible for certification clinics, their structure and content, rules revision and implementation and the design and implementation of a comprehensive system that will simplify and systematize the referees organization and ultimately create a replicable system that will maintain the league's standards into the future. (A whole lot of jibber jabber for making the training process better in ways that can be sustained.)
As the season goes along feel free to ask me questions about the refs or officiating in general here (at VFTD) and I will be happy to respond.(But not until after Christmas as I'm currently traveling.)
Taking this job means I will not be coaching a team in the PSP this year as it would be a clear and obvious conflict of interest. I don't know if I will ever return to coaching a team but I remain available for teaching clinics for the serious, experienced player and or team.
So how will this affect VFTD? It will mean a few changes. As part of the league I have an obligation to support the league and not undermine its efforts. On the other hand I'm not a rah rah kinda guy. My hope is that VFTD will remain a place where serious conversations can continue to happen for the good of the game. Expect that I will however moderate some of my comments (though the archive has a record of my views on most everything already.) Expect too that where I may forgo some content I will be able to be more forthcoming in other areas. For example, I have always limited by comments regarding teams and players, both positive and negative, because it seemed inappropriate. Now I'll be able to offer more in depth commentary on matches and events and team play than in the past.