Commissioners, when discussing games often evaluate referees’ work from the point of view of committed mistakes and way to correct them. Nonetheless, this can be done in a more positive way by praising the good aspects of the game and then turning to negative situations by comparing and drawing parallels.
A commissioner has to know whom he is working with at a particular game, referees’ psychology, because some referees might just need some words of praise and support as the they are motivated and eager to work and improve and those words would be enough, while others have to be controlled, pushed forward, guided. Some might need a psychological shake-up, while others, on the contrary, have to be calmed down, for example, beginning or inexperienced referees who can be close to the state of pre-game fever and nervous trembling, and it is better to distract them, switch attention to something different. A commissioner has to try and find a key, a suitable approach to every person. Otherwise there will be problems, tension and conflicts will arise. Quality officiating implies a game with a HAPPY ENDING when everybody accepts the game result.
That is the goal to strive for. Of course, there are officiating mechanics and rules interpretation, but the most important thing is the game itself! Everything has to be adapted to it and for it. And if your gut feeling of a well-conducted game coincides with commissioner’s evaluation and that of your colleagues, you can say that you have managed to handle the game and really were a part of the game; you will be in demand. You took an active part in the game, even when you did not make any calls; you had control over it and governed the whole process. Your presence on the court was not visible, but you rather were an integral part of the game. You were in the right place at the right moment. That is an indicator of skill, professionalism, quality officiating, referee’s experience and authority.
Sometimes it happens so that nothing goes right. Untimely calls, silent referees when there should be a call. It may happen to anyone. In this case one has to calm down, catch their breath, switch attention to a different thing, try and find their game, style, manner of officiating, find the «line of the game.» This is done through positive approach, creating a mental image of successful officiating, self-analysis, video reviews, discussions with senior colleagues and commissioners. The result is sure to come, maybe not right away, but perseverance and hard work take over everything. Of course, this requires time. The main thing is not to wait for success, but to work, act, and create it yourself. You will be able to see your progress and professional growth which are integral parts of success.