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Getting Ready for Another Off-Season Game
By Jim Dixon
June 24th, 2013

Jim writes: "Would you want me as your partner? You may get someone very similar. He or she may worry about things that have the potential for getting a crew into trouble. Yet, if they are like me, they may have some tendencies that can only be moderated if you really get ready for the game as you are supposed to."

Jim Dixon uses two examples to illustrate the point. He discusses "Taking the call or giving it up" and "Calling out of one's primary area." Understanding those two issues will get you closer to that "perfect" game we all are striving for.

May You Live in Interesting Times! — Part IX
The philosophical view
By Juulie Downs
June 20th, 2013

This season was a complicated juggling act for me, trying to manage an on-going crisis in my young son's health while maintaining a reasonably demanding officiating schedule. As I've described the situation in the pixels of Officiating.com over the last few months, I've received a number of letters from readers with words of encouragement and empathy. I appreciate those. 

Look inside this article to find my reflections upon my wild ride in that winter of my discontent and what I've gleaned from all this. It's a lesson worth the learning!

Things We Often Do Wrong — Part XVI
Past, present, and future: That's all you really need
By Ray Cox
June 19th, 2013

Do you ever ask yourself "Why is this coach getting all worked up?" only to discover that the foul count is 32-1? Have you ever had a coach complain that the arrow wasn't switched — and you didn't know if it was? Do you frequently have the table buzzing you about subs as you're starting to put the ball in play?

Was the clock stopped properly? Did the scorekeeper count that last three-pointer properly? Is A trying to run out the clock? Is B trying to foul to stop it? Does the coach want a time out about now?

There are so many things we need to be aware of. What's a poor referee to do?

Player Control Foul, Then Technical: Why?!
By Jim Dixon
June 18th, 2013

It was a double whistle. My partner dropped his fist, and since I could only see his fist and head, I took the call. Now let me tell you why a technical foul resulted and how it could possibly have been avoided.
May You Live in Interesting Times! — Part VIII
There are way too many circuits of the roller coaster
By Juulie Downs
June 13th, 2013

In our last episode, my young son had been hospitalized the day before the biggest game of my career. He was stabilized quickly, and I was able to work that milestone game. A quesiton lingered in my mind, though: What does this bode for the rest of the season?

Click the title to find out.

Editor's note: Next week marks the end of Juulie's foray into her psyche. We're sure you applaud her honesty as well as share our awe in her forthrightness.

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