"Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical" Yogi BerraAny athlete will tell you that all the skill in the world won't make up for a weak mind. It's the same way in officiating. You might be the best play caller in the country, but if you lose focus after a bad call, you won't last very long. Every athlete and official makes mistakes. The key component is how you respond to those mistakes. Throw an interception in the 3rd quarter during the playoffs? Make a strong showing in the 4th quarter and get the comeback victory.
Referees have to have a long and short memory depending on the situation. We must catalog each play during a game and understand what has happened up to this point. At the same time, when we miss calls, we need to do our best to forget them. The more time we spend focused on the missed call, the longer we have lost focus on the game in front of us. Missed calls lead to more missed calls, especially if we can't get our mind off the mistake. Easier said than done. Each official will have their own technique to help them forget. Several I've used: focus on competitive match-ups more intently or use a catch phrase that you helps you move on such as "breathe" or "focus".
- Mind Gym : An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence
- The New Toughness Training for Sports: Mental Emotional Physical Conditioning from One of the World's Premier Sports Psychologists
- Body Mind Mastery: Training For Sport and Life
- 10-Minute Toughness: The Mental Training Program for Winning Before the Game Begins.
We constantly train our bodies; spend some time on your mind.