Thursday, November 19, 2015

Welcome to Match Official Brain Training


In all sports, match officials learn on the job. It's almost impossible to fully prepare to officiate without participating in actual games. Saying that, teams often don't take well to match officials that are learning, they just want a good referee all the time. So how do you get 'good' in this seemingly 'Catch 22' situation?

Match officials typical prepare themselves physically using similar training techniques as players, and mentally prepare by revising the laws of the game - but this is not enough to become a good match official. Decision making whilst under physical stress and whilst in the pressure of a game situation, is significantly different to when you are calmly sitting on the couch! Any way that a match official can incorporate decision making and physical and mental fatigue into their fitness training, will help them prepare for real games.

Match officials must also learn from their real game experiences. Game reviews are important for match officials at all competency levels. Some match officials may have the luxury of a coach, but most do not. Match officials must review their own games to ensure that they continuously learn and improve.

The apps and activities presented here aim to help match officials to:
 - learn how to review their own games to aid improvement
 - immerse themselves into typical game situations and practice their responses
 - incorporate mental training into their physical training program

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