It is that time again for me to try to recruit some referee trainees for our club. We have a nice cadre of trained officials, but we are always looking for new folks who might want to give this a try. I encourage you to at least come and listen to my introduction to refereeing before you decide it is not for you. If you do not want to be a referee, that is just fine……….refereeing is not for everyone, but you might be surprised how it is a possibility for players who understand and enjoy the game as well as looking for a way to help the club.
I really think most of you could benefit from some additional information about the rules. I’m sure you are getting by, but knowing more about the rules will help you understand the game better and also give you the confidence to straighten out situations that arise during play. Please give this some consideration.
Try these few questions:
1. How many time outs do you get during a match? How long is a time out? Who can call a time out? Can you call time out after the score has been called?
2. What 4 choices do you have if you win the coin flip or choose the correct number at the beginning of the match?
3. Can you be in the kitchen if you are not playing the ball?
4. Is there a penalty for calling the wrong score?
Good luck. Please let me (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you interested in being a referee or if you would like to brush up on the rules.
Answers: 1. Two per game, so six if you play all three games of a match. A time out is 1 minute. Any player may call a time out. A timeout may be called after the score is called, but BEFORE the server begins his/her service motion.
2. You may choose to serve, receive, choose a side, or defer. (Let other team decide).
3. Certainly. Take your lawn chair, take a nap, have a drink, play some cards …..you just can’t play the ball unless it bounces.
4. No. There is a penalty, however, if you stop the play because you think the score is wrong and the score that was called was correct.
Isn’t this fun?!
Marty Hoffman, Referee Coordinator
REFEREE PRACTICE, TRAINING & RULES:
I hope you have enjoyed your Easter weekend and are now ready to consider an important need for our club.
We are having a big tournament at the end of May and will need some more officials. We have a good cadre of 35 dedicated members who have helped referee in the past , but we need 7-10 more because not all of them are available for the tournament. We will provide the training and supervision to walk you through what is required to referee a match. If you love the game, understand the basics of the game, and are willing to give this a try it would be truly appreciated. After the training, if you decide it is not for you then that is O.K. We have had individuals complete the training and then decide not to do it for one reason or another. That was perfectly fine. You must feel comfortable in a referee position.
The USAPA has developed a great video which shows the basics of officiating. Please give it a look, 18 minutes, and decide if this interests you. Your participation will help the club, and also benefit you as a player who will be knowledgeable.
Please us the link below and scroll down to access the video:
2018 USAPA Quick Start Training video. (18 mins.)
Good luck with this and I hope you can help us. Do not let the detailed scoring discourage you; we can show you an easier way and then you can progress into the one they show on the video.
Please contact me by April 29 so I can schedule a training session.
Thank you, Marty Hoffman, Referee Coordinator
April 22, 2019
Referee Opportunities Spring 2019
Attention referees, potential referees, and beginners. I have something for each of you.
The time is not too far away when we will, once again, be needed to referee our tournament in late May. In preparation for this, on March 30, I will bring to the Carrie Blake courts the materials needed to practice officiating. These materials will be part of the general items that are put out on the table. Please go ahead and practice as much as you can because it is not easy to just start refereeing a tournament without sufficient practice. We will have some review sessions in late April or early May. Practice whenever and as much as you can now. Additional opportunities will be provided at the B&G Club in the near future. Those playing at the Y should practice there also.
Those members who are experienced players who would like to learn how to referee should contact Marty Hoffman at email@example.com to indicate your interest in the training. This training is for those of you who have a sincere interest in refereeing, understand the game, are willing to study the rules, learn about the mechanics of refereeing, and would be dedicated to this important task. Once I get a list of interested participants I will contact you for a training date.
New to the game?……….I will be willing to spend some time with a group of you who want to learn the basic rules. This would help you sort out some situations that arise in your normal play. Knowing the rules is to your advantage so please give this training some serious thought. This is not the referee training. The more you know about the rules the better off you will be. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Once I get a number of you showing interest in this I will contact you and a date will be set.
Thank you. This is your club and the more knowledgeable you become the better our club play will be.
Marty Hoffman, Referee/Rules Coordinator
March 27, 2019
Sign-up now, or arrive at 6pm, to be one of the maximum 20 attendees.
Attention wannabe pickleball referees
We will limit the group to 15 individuals who are experienced players….3.0 and up.
This will certainly benefit the club in the long run and hopefully we can get this going again.