Thursday, December 19, 2013

Working fo' da Man: PSP style

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.

13 comments:

Nick Brockdorff said...

I assume you are leaving X-Factor then? - sad to hear it dude, but congrats on the new job, it's an important one!

Nick Brockdorff said...

Ooops.... missed a sentence in your post I see :D

Anonymous said...

So is Tim out?

NewPro said...

Tow (in) the party line

Hopefully topics/posts remain objective

Good luck in your new role coach

Missy Q said...

This is going to be awesome.

Not so much for you though...

I'm already preparing questions you will have to answer with the 'company line'. Then it's payback time..

Cade said...

New schedule...
Up at 6:00am,
Arrive at 7:00am,
First Match at 8:00am,
Lunch at Noon,
Last Match at 5:00pm,
Pack up at 6:00pm,
Feedback/Chat till 7:00pm,
Hotel at 8:00pm,
Remove Stink by 9:00pm,
Dinner at 10:00pm,
Paperwork/Chat till 11:00pm
Bed by Midnight (sometimes),
Catch a couple of Hours,
Repeat two more times...

Baca Loco said...

NewPro
Don't you worry about it.

Missy
Give it your best shot. I'm ready. (I think.) :)

Cade
You make it sound so romantic, a virtual dream come true.

dan. said...

well congrats - i think. It seems though that you are excited about it. So if you're excited for it, i'm excited for you about it.

you've obviously brought a lot of depth of knowledge with regards to coaching teams, i truly hope the league can take some constructive criticism and continue to make those tweaks improving the game.

Anonymous said...

Congrats!
N

Douglas Grider said...

Wishing you the best on your new adventure. Not many folks get the opportunity to be in a position to truly make a difference in a sport they have a passion for.

It will be interesting to see how well the beast heels to a new hand on the leash.

Baca Loco said...

Doug
I'm not expecting the league do everything I want ... at least not right away.

Miguel Castillo said...


hello,
how can I find the dates and locations for new ref certifications?
thank you

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