You Can Do More: Jeff Floyd 9/24

Jeff Floyd

By Jeff Floyd former Truman High School Head Coach
Posted: September 24, 2014 - 4:14 PM



“Working” the officials.  I have never been a big advocate of it, for a couple of reasons.

I think complaining about the officiating gives your players a built-in excuse:  “We weren’t successful (on that play, during that game) because the officials were awful.” I would rather that our coaches, players and I felt accountable for the outcome of the game.

I have witnessed good officials while coaching Pop Warner football and bad officials when I was at the collegiate level.  While I admit that mistakes are made (even in the NFL), I think most officials are trying their best to do a good job.

The real reason I have never spent much energy berating officials is because of an early experience of mine. When I was a player on the Blue Springs High School team, our coach, Fred Merrell, asked us to volunteer to officiate some flag football games (I believe it was YMCA). I volunteered, thinking it would be fun helping during these youth football contests.

I was wrong. Unfortunately, the coaches and parents made it a bad experience for me and pretty much everyone who volunteered to help that Saturday. I never volunteered again.

There were upset coaches and accusations of favoring one team over the other, of being prejudiced with my officiating. I distinctly remember thinking that “I don’t care who wins this game. I am just trying to do my best.”

I think most officials are legitimately trying to do their best.

Yes, even the crew that called back seven touchdowns last year during one of our games. OK, I might have had a few words for that crew.

For a new perspective and appreciation, try officiating a youth league game!

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