by Loren Stanton
December 09, 2004
This fall as with any other fall; soccer matches were played,
basketball games were started, swimmers met, volleyballs were
hit, cross country runners ran, wrestlers met on the mat, and
other sports entered and left the field of play. None of
this could have happened without many volunteers of all shapes
and sizes. One of the goals of any referee is that they will
not be the deciding factor in any contest but that they
can level the playing field, make the contest fair, and do their
best and walk away knowing that they helped all the participants
enjoy a few hours of competition. Hopefully you thanked
the referees and judges for their participation. What would
coaches be without referees? What would players do without referees?
What the community needs to know is that we always need people
to step up and become referees. Soccer has three seasons
in Ketchikan. Soccer referees are needed for the fall recreational
season, the indoor season and the spring high school and middle
school season. Yes you have to take a three day class
and yes you have to pass a test! That is true for other
sports as well. If you are in need of some exercise and enjoy
participating in a sport consider volunteering your time and
become a referee. If not, well I suggest you thank the
referees after every game, match and lap. Thank you referees!!!
Ketchikan, AK - USA
PS In the interests of disclosure,
I am biased as I am a soccer referee.
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