Posts Tagged ‘NISOA’

back to school…..

October 5, 2008

What a weekend…..The weekend started for me on Thursday evening with a NAIA women’s game.  This game was uneventful for the most part with a 4-1 victory.  The most lively part of the night was pregame when I called the center and AR1 to see where they were at with 13 minutes left on the pregame clock.  They made it on time stuck in traffic and we started on time so it was no big deal.  All of us had worked together several times so no really big pregame needed.  Actually the pregame was “don’t fu#* up”.  Everything was great in the game. 

The next day I had to take a half day from work to jump in the car with another official and drive 3 1/2 hours over to do a D1 women’s match.  The home team had lost two in a row on the road 6-0 and 6-0 (the schools two biggest loses ever) so we thought they might come out a little pissed off and playing a little higher level game, which they did.  This was a great game.  We went through double overtime with 0-0 game.  Both teams rattled the posts twice each and played tough.  Some how we got the game in between lighting storms and played uninterrupted with no rain.  The center on the game called a great game I thought.  I was really pleased with how the 4 of us worked for the night.  My partner and I jumped in the car to drive home that night through storms so we could work our games the next day.  7 hours for 2 hours of soccer….I loved every minute of it actually….

Saturday-  I was feeling really good in the morning physically.  On the schedule for the day was two more NAIA games.  The first was the woman’s team followed by the men’steams.  Both games with the same two schools.  Well the field is down in this bowl on the campus and we got about 1/2 inch + of rain the night before.  When we pulled up they were throwing dirt on the center field after trying to clear all of the standing water.  The field was in OK shape considering the amount of rain we decided as we walked the field.  We went into the locker room to change and a guy walked in looking like he had just got out of the shower but in his cloths.  I gave him a funny look and he said it was dumping outside…..We hustled and got dressed and went out side to a complete downpour with a lot of lighting….The game got postponed about 30 minutes and the field was now a complete mess.  Standing water and shoe covering mud. 

With about 3 minutes left in the first half we had a big storm roll in.  We made it to half time and the storm hit with more lighting then I had seen for sometime.  This storm brought even more rain then the first.  This one rained for a good hour with lighting the whole time.  This delayed the game close to an hour and half. After a wait we got back on the field and played on.  This game ended up getting tied up and went on into double overtime with a tie of 1-1 as a final.  The game turned out to be really poor soccer in general.  I have worked 5A girls games this year that have had higher level soccer but I think the field and weather played a huge role in the game. 

Game 2-  time for the men’s game.  We put 5 minutes on the board for warm up’s because now we were concerned with daylight.  It rained on us more but no lighting and the field stayed nasty.  I was covered with mud by the end and the home team in white shorts and white tops were not even close to white by the end.  Home team did end up winning 3-0.  One goal in this match was one of the best shots I have seen in years.  It was a rip from 35 yards out to the upper v that keeper got worked on it.  The coach for the visitors was the same coach for both teams and by the second half he had really wore thin on us.  It is hard to clean the slate off for him with 5 minutes between games for the next team.  Especially when in the womens game he yells out that he is getting homered…   We end the men’s game with 5 yellows and no reds.  At half if you would have asked I would have said there was going to be a red for sure but the score kind of helped calm things down. 

Well my legs are a little sore but nothing that bad.  I will write about the crowd this week at all three sites.  They are worth their own write up.

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Fitness test

July 29, 2008

Saturday I went through the NISOAfitness testing.  I decided a while back I would like to make the leap to NISOA and see how I can do.  There was a group of us that meet and jumped in a van to travel about 2 hours east to meet up with officials from the other side of the state at the middle point.  The high for the day was 94 which was a record high for the area which we were running at.

 We started the fitness test about 9:45 in the morning with the 12 minute test.  Basics of how it was administered- .25 mile track with every starting at the same point.  Just run laps for 12 minutes.  Your really want at least 6 laps or a mile and half.  I thought this would be easy enough but in the heat on a black track this turned out to be harder then I thought.  I ended up making it past the 6 lap point but hardly. 

Next up we ran two different sprints was a easy 50 yard sprint.  I pushed it hard on this one and put a decent time I felt.  The 2nd sprint was a 200 yard which was a little more difficult and to be honest I was not feeling good by this point.  I put up a great time but now I was worried as to what was to come and what I had left in the tank.  These two tests were added in there for a guy needing a fitness test for USSF I found out later and one of the two guys got hurt on the 200 and was not able to finish….

Next we ran The PRO-40 Test.  This test includes sprinting, side shuffling, backward peddling, and more sprinting.  Over all you covered 80 meters.  It is really a easy test I thought but and this is a big BUT for me I honestly thought I was about to loose my cookies just prior to this test.  Here is how it was described “The Pro-40 Test is run on a four-sided course, ten meters square. You are required to travel all four sides, using sprint, side-step, and back-peddle and side-step, then reverse direction back to the start.”  I put up one of the better times there out of the 15+ referees there that day but I honestly thought if I had tried a little harder I could have knocked 1.5 to 2 more seconds off of that time.

The last two tests were THE BRASILIAN AR 50-METER TEST and the THE 30-METER SHUTTLE.  The 30-meter shuttle is a lot harder then it sounds that stop andrestart is difficult.  On the first half of it your trying to decide what you save for the second half. 

Well it was all done and we headed inside of our 60 question test.  This test is not like USSF tests or even NASO. It didn’t focus on fouls nearly as much as game management such as clock stoppages, substitutions and uniform protocol.  I have never taken the NISOA before but I was glad I had seen plenty of college soccer in my time and been around it.

Needless to say I passed and now I am ready to do a few games this fall.  I am only on the reserve list since it is my first year but we were told to expect to be used a decent amount this up coming year.  I am really looking forward to it.