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Impartial_Observer

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    IHSAA DOUBLE BOOKING CREWS FOR TOURNAMENT

    Thru conference realignments, we ended up with a team on the road three different times this year. Tough situation.
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    IHSAA DOUBLE BOOKING CREWS FOR TOURNAMENT

    I scratch three schools every year, home school, school where I have family that teaches, and one just on general principal.
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    IHSAA DOUBLE BOOKING CREWS FOR TOURNAMENT

    We've never been assigned anywhere that I've scratched.
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    Hoosier Hills Conference 2018

    With regards to officials, a couple of quick stories. I often hear in a Saturday morning how bad the officials were on Friday night of the Seymour game. This usually comes from fans/parents. I will ask my brother about who is a former official and attends most Seymour home games, and his comment is usually “I thought they did a pretty good job”. After marking off a penalty against an HHC school in a 7th grade game, I hear a player from the offending team state “we get screwed every time we come over here”. I called him out on it, son you’re in 7th grade, exactly how many times have you been over here? I made him answer me, to which he relied this is my first time. To which I replied so that’s not an accurate statement is it? Walking out of the stadium after a 7th and 8th game, visiting parents behind us tell us they’ve been coming over here for 20 years and this was the first decent officiated game they’ve seen. I look at my U and say, after 20 years, we finally figured it out. Beuaty is always in the eye if the beholder.
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    EIAC Final Week!

    We work a fair amount of EIAC games, I can say from my experience over the years, good, professional, group of coaches. I have much respect for the coaching staffs in the conference. I actually had a chance to talk to Coach Ballart (Rod) before a game at SD earlier this year. Great to see him still coaching, and he said he was feeling pretty well, I understand he's had some health issues. Good to swap some stories from back in the day, mad respect for that dude. And as odd as is sounds, actually developed a pretty good relationship with him over the years. As an added bonus, got to see some real battles over the years as well.
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    CALLING ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO BE AN IHSAA OFFICIAL

    At some point, it that has to happen. 30 whatever crews are eligible for 6 finals this year. God only knows how many crews are eligible for 12 SS games.
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    EIAC Final Week!

    Seriously, I get about half of it and have been a member since the beginning, 98. It is without a doubt the funniest thread on the GID.
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    Ref formation for PAT kick

    We tried sending the U back, we didn't like it at all. There's too much going on in the middle with no eyes on it. I cheat wide, it has never really been an issue that I can remember. I was never that fast to begin with. But I'm a lot smarter now than I was in HS. Regardless every year I get a year older, but the kids I officiate don't.
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    Ref formation for PAT kick

    Add in replacement joints and 13 more years! 😁
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    Hoosier Hills Conference 2018

    Because nothing mixes better than alcohol and youth sports! Walking thru the fans.....just keep your head down and keep walking, you're never going to win that argument.
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    Get out those ark plans...

    I have a rear in my eye as I type this. I will so rock those.
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    Get out those ark plans...

    As I have said many times coach, it is my sincere desire to be Cousin Eddie when I grow up!
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    play clock

    Then it goes on the RFP after the injury. If you're an official you know the answer to all those questions. Yes.
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    Get out those ark plans...

    As usual, we have sunshine in beautiful southern Indiana.
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    play clock

    Injury, is irrelevant, was the clock running or stopped prior to the injury? That's what it's going to do after the injury TO. Per IHSAA instructions, granted this is MS, thus no IHSAA affiliation, no 40 second clock with less than 5 officials.
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    Hoosier Hills Conference 2018

    Get there early, I don't care what Lysander says, parking is going to blow!
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    play clock

    I know of no MS in this area that uses a play clock. We loosely keep one at the 7th grade level, basically if they break the huddle in 25 seconds, go snap it. If a coach is taking too long, I'm not above flagging it. They're here to play, you should have done your coaching at practice. Obviously as you move up a level, things get more stringent. I had a MS DH last night, and in the 8th grade game one team was trying to burn time, I would just tell the QB, snap it before 2:40, 1:45, whatever the case may be. At the MS level, kids are still really raw. No one is there to see us put on an officiating clinic. Let them play, so long as no one is taking advantage of the situation. When that occurs, you need to deal with it. I would also agree with another assertion, if you've dicked around the entire game and now time suddenly becomes an issue for you, the whole game does not revolve around you. You can't have it both ways.
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    Trinity Lutheran Cancels Season

    My dad graduated from Rockville in 1954, he played 8-man. Just off the top of my head I remember him talking about playing Marshall, Worthington, Tangier, Switz City, and possibly Linton, can't remember if that was FB or BB.
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    Local Refs of NWI

    I can never give back what Football has given me. But I will continue to try.
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    Local Refs of NWI

    Welcome to the dark side coach!
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    what contraction?

    Not sure how it works at all schools. At the end of the season we would sit down as a staff and talk about where we are, where we want to go, and how we're going to get there. I would meet with my AD and discuss the program in general. Granted I was coaching Softball so we weren't a big priority, but I always felt like he was supportive of what we were doing. But still it was on me to get things done. I don't think he had some grand vision of each program or some kind of master plan. I don't mean to paint an ugly picture, but for the most the AD's have a pretty full plate, and if they know someone is on top of each program, I think they move on to what's next. Now in my AD's offense, I took care of everything, I scheduled the games, I hired the umpires, I took care of the rainout/makeups, I did it all. And he told me I was one of two programs at the school that he didn't worry about.
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    Bedford North Lawrence

    BNL plays East next week. I suspect when the sectional begins, you can throw the regular season results out the window. I don't know enough about East to say whether they're coming back to the pack or not. I haven't seen them in two years. I do know youth numbers in Columbus have been down for several years. I'm not sure you can draw any conclusions as to why, I'm sure head injury thing plays into it, but don't discount the success of Soccer either, particularly at North. Youth Soccer numbers are thru the roof. As I have said for years, Columbus's huge advantage they had was quality coaching at the MS level. Please don't think I'm bashing MS coaches, I know what it's like getting people to coach those teams and I know the guys who do it are doing the best they can. But those quality coaches are no longer involved, or have moved up the ladder. I'll leave the prognosticating to people who are far better at than I am.
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    IHSAA's New "Open Gym" policy

    Volleyball is the plague of women's sports. They don't like to share their athletes and they seem to think practice 365 days a year is requirement to be on the team.
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    what contraction?

    I think they'll move on to winter sports and worry about finding Wrestling/frosh BB officials.
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