By JOEL BLACK//NORTH CAROLINA Swimming LSC
When it comes to self-evaluation, honesty is crucial. Keeping your self-esteem high can be healthy, but when you really want to get serious about improving your officiating, embellishing the truth is a false start. Here is a starting point for a complete self-analysis.
A great deal can be learned by officials who review recently completed work. Only by recognizing past errors, and the situations in which they occurred, can officials take the necessary steps to avoid them from that point on. Don't ever think your work is done when you walk off the deck. If you're interested in improving as an official, you need to ask yourself the following 10 questions after every meet or contest. Keep in mind that the purpose of the questions is to alert you to any undesirable tendencies in your work or situations that are particularly troublesome to you. As a result, any question answered "Yes" should be followed by the companion questions "Why?" and "In what situations?"
You can only answer the questions about yourself; others cannot answer them. No one but you has access to your experiences. For that reason, complete honesty is a must if these questions are to be of any value. Let's get started.
1. Did I blow any calls?
2. Were there any times when it was fortunate that I didn't have to make a call?
3. Did I do everything I could to ensure a just outcome?
4. Were my calls/decisions consistent?
5. Did I fail to maintain proper control at any time?
6. When did I feel most vulnerable to outside influences?
7. Were there any situations where I avoided or usurped responsibility for a ruling at the expense of another official?
8. Was there anything about my signals, gestures or style that evoked an unexpected or unwanted response?
9. Did I uphold, defend or rationalize any improper rulings?
10. Was there a particular aspect of my performance that I could work on at the next meet?