How did you get into officiating?
Basketball has always been a huge part of my life. My mother coached at the high school level for 30 years. I played for her in high school and then for a junior college. My son played Division 1 and professionally in Germany. When my son left to play college basketball, I wanted to find a way to still be involved in the sport since I have always been around it. So I did a little research, participated in several skills clinics and became an official in 2012 at the age of 40. I found that refereeing was a great way to stay involved in the game and make a few extra bucks on the side too.
How was the transition from playing to officiating?
The transition was definitely harder than I had expected. I’ve watched refs for years as I watched my son play at all different levels and I always joked with my friends that I’d become a ref once he went to college. But, when the time came, I realized I had a lot to learn.
What have you learned in your time officiating?
Once you step out onto the court all eyes are on you. I’ve had to learn a lot on how to control my body language, how to communicate efficiently, and how to have confidence out on the court. When I was first starting out, one of the officials I was working with told me, “Fake it ‘til ya make it and make a decision and stick with it. Be confident with whatever decision you make.” I still think about that advice all the time.
I found that refereeing was a great way to stay involved in the game and make a few extra bucks on the side too.
What is your favorite part about officiating?
I love officiating younger kids. I love to see kids starting to understand the game and watching it click. I can tell a kid to back up when passing the ball in over and over, and getting to see the time that they remember and pick up on the fact that they have to be behind the line is fun to watch. It is cool to watch kids go from being under the pressure to perform to just playing and having fun in the game, especially when you start to see the same kids develop as the months go on.
What is your favorite part about using the Silbo app?
The app is very user friendly. Compared to other officiating jobs I’ve had, the amount of time it takes to get paid is so much better. I love the direct deposit and I don’t have to wait for the mail to come with my paper check.