76 minutes | May 30th 2020

Episode 29 - Referee Philosophy with Steven Rotsart, NCAA, FINA and Olympic Referee

You can help support this podcast by making a donation via PayPal.If you’re a coach, join our slack channel! The conversations are great and we have some webinars as well!Buy Fredric Durand’s book Water Polo Legends: 50 Amazing StoriesThank you to everyone that has taken the time to leave a review, send me an email or send me a tweet. It has truly meant the world to me!Remember you can reach me on twitter @stevecarrera and on instagram @stevecarrera and you can email me stevegcarrera@gmail.com************************************************************************************************************************Steven Rotsart on Twitter2Understanding the other team and being able to adjust is crucial information. How do you balance calling but not helping based on what you know the teams will be doing or try to do?Ian Davidson3One of the biggest parts of our sport is the difference in this “philosophy” from ref to ref. Do you think this is a good part of our sport, or should we be looking to have a general philosophy that allows for a bit more consistency from ref to reft?Anonymous Attendee4How do we tackle improving the officiating level with so much ego when we all walk into the room?Ian Davidson5How much time do you spend with your partner before a game to discuss philosophy? What are the main topics you go over with your partner?Sergio Macias6When an official has “an idea of how they want the game to go”, are officials subconciuosly predesigning the outcome of the game? ie. team A is a stronger team in every way, team B is leading the game. I am assuming you are referring to the flow etc…. but can this kind of a thing happen?Marc Ruh7…team A is given some leeway to get back into the lead.Marc Ruh8I’m a coach looking to use some of my down time each year (summer) to improve my knowledge of the game (and supplement my income)…Steve C suggested coaches officiating an event a year to ‘see the other side’-PERFECT… I would LOVE to start that process. Steve R, what do you suggest as step 1?Anonymous Attendee9Does the scarcity of officials make referee accountability difficult to accomplish?Breck Weiny10Do you think an expectation of more consistent signaling to explain calls could help minimize the tension between coaches and referees?Breck Weiny11What is your approach to blow out situations? In our sport, even the collegiate level sees a large amount of blow out games. How does a referee approach that game?Breck Weiny12Would you be in favor of having referees work in crews over the course of the season? Meaning the same two referees work together on games for a whole season rather than random pairings over the course of the season.Breck Weiny13I got involved during the Water Polo Academy Era and found that style of correspondance/discussion course to be very helpful in developing both my coaching and officiating philosophies. How do you see the future of referee education and development of philosophy moving forward? How can we better collaborate between Coaches and Officials?Connor Levoff
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