Saturday, February 4, 2012
The Importance of Letting the Refs Ref!
Last night we played the school that I coach at (St. Paul Humboldt). We ended up winning by a few in overtime, which was nice. But something happened during the game that usually doesn't happen, I started to ride the officials a little bit. At one point the foul totals were 13-4. I know that the difference doesn't matter, but I felt like we were getting homered and I wasn't happy about it what so ever. I'm embarrassed to admit that because I pride myself in leaving the officials alone. I have only gotten two Ts in my career and they were both in the same game 6 seasons ago.
Anyway, I started to get on the officials about the calls and noticed something happening: our players were getting rattled by the calls too. We were starting to complain, make faces, etc which is very out of character for us. We were letting the officiating put us all in the tank and that was something that I couldn't let happen. Since actions reflect leadership I burned a timeout, told my guys we ALL (including me) needed to stop worrying about the refs and start worrying about us. I also stopped worrying about the officials, started to coach my guys, and what do you know we started to play better and started to "get" more calls (we really didn't but just felt like it).
The bottom line from this experience is that it reinforces my philosophy that you can't worry about the officials, no matter if you THINK you are getting homered or not. It creates a toxic environment on your bench and takes your team's focus off the job at hand - executing and doing your best.