What strikes fear into the heart of an introvert? In the case of this introvert, my entire being quakes when attention is on me in a manner that could cause controversy, or people to yell at me. When I decided I wanted to become a volleyball official, I was concentrating on my love of team sports, young people and all things athletic. It seemed like the perfect marriage of interest filling need; which in this case my need was to earn some extra money. After studying all of the rules, working hard on my “mechanics”, then passing a written test and working a playdate, I found myself on the court for my first match. The moment I stepped into the R2 (down ref) position, popped the whistle in my mouth and signaled the R1 (up ref) that I was ready, my inner voice screamed, “What are you thinking?!!?” There was no turning back. As I eased into the experience, and the more I worked matches, the more I fell in love with the sport and the girls I officiate. Make no mistake, there are still times I think that there needs to be barf bags up in the stand; but from what I have learned, that is a common sentiment.
Being that I am a typical introvert, and the more time I spend in the ref-stand, I realized there are lessons I have learned that translate into life outside of the court.