Offseason Camps & Training sessions are important to your continued growth as an official. There are several camps around Colorado and the region for you to attend to improve your officiating skills. Camps are not just for new officials. ALL officials, regardless of how many years you have been officiating, can benefit from attending at least one camp every summer. Camps help you to stay up to date with current officiating trends. We have listed several options for you here in Colorado. There are many other excellent camps throughout the region and the nation. If you are looking for something out of state, one of the best resources is “Philly Ref”. Just google “Philly Ref” or go to www.phillyref.com.
Check out our “OTHER CAMPS 2016” page. You can go directly there by clicking here:
OTHER CAMPS 2016
Be Your Own Agent:
Many of you have asked how you can change your ranking, get more games, and how you can better your schedule. There is no one key ingredient, but several factors that go into it…however, one of the biggest things is advocating for yourself – Be your own agent. Below is a link for an excellent article in the March Referee magazine that hits on this very subject. It is not something that is unique to just high school basketball officials, but to officials in every sport at every level. If you expect to get certain things, YOU have to make sure that YOU are doing certain things…no one can do them for YOU!
Two very important aspects that are not mentioned in detail in this article are rules knowledge and attending camps (it’s part of the “hard, hard work” mentioned in the article). These 2 things are of extreme importance for you to continue to learn and grow as an official. We are only as good as the knowledge we gain. If we do not continually do something to improve ourselves, we become stagnant or level off.
Click here for the article >>> Be Your Own Agent
The hospitality area at the Denver Coliseum was a huge success and many officials from around the state who worked games for the 3A Boys and Girls finals were very appreciative of everything that was provided for them.
Area 8 would like to say a BIG Thank You to the following individuals for helping out, we couldn’t have done this without these people graciously giving of their time and resources.
Ben Kuchta (manager of Great Beginnings Cafe) donated sandwiches
Mark Cattau (manager of Chick-Fil-A in Parker) donated wraps and chicken minis
Mike Curnow contacted Chick-Fil-A and Walmart in Castle Rock and got LOTS of food donated
Brian Wilson volunteered at the Coliseum all 3 days and donated drinks and snacks
Steve Kohlts volunteered at the Coliseum, transported all of our supplies and set up the hospitality area on Thursday
Barett Palmer volunteered at the Coliseum and helped set up
Bob Chainhalt volunteered 2 days at the Coliseum and donated snacks
Scott Halpin volunteered at the Coliseum and donated to provide snacks
Ken Case volunteered at the Coliseum
Christopher Dulmes volunteered 2 days at the Coliseum
Rob Semin volunteered 2 days at the Coliseum and provided drinks and snacks
Jeff LaGrange volunteered 2 days at the Coliseum and provided ice
Steve Stewart donated to provide snacks and drinks
Thanks to all of you for helping to put this together in a short amount of time!
This will be something that Area 8 will provide annually if the 3A Finals are again hosted at the Coliseum in the future.
Denver Metro Regional Director
Congratulations go to the following individuals:
Barett Palmer – Barett has been elected as the new Area Director for Denver Area 8. His term begins June 1st and runs through May 31st, 2019.
Adrian Rivas – Adrian has been elected as the Terry Schiessler Memorial Award winner for the best newly certified official in the Denver Metro Area.
Denver Seminary has been gracious enough to allow us to change the meeting time for this Sunday, February 7th.
THE MEETING AT DENVER SEMINARY FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2016 WILL NOW BE AT 1 PM!
Please make sure you attend your required February meetings. The meetings for Monday, February 8 at Overland HS and Thornton HS will still happen at their regularly scheduled times of 7 pm.
Your Area Directors,
Donovan, Jeff, Rob, and Denise
Our annual Officials vs Cancer Pink Whistle Week is January 25-30, 2016. All officials are encouraged to wear their pink whistles during their games during this week.
All officials are encouraged to make a donation to our Officials vs Cancer fund which goes directly to the American Cancer Society on behalf of the Denver Area 8 officials. Any amount is accepted, but the suggested donation is $40 per official. Please make your checks payable to “American Cancer Society” and write “CO Bd4, Denver Area 8” in the memo line. You may turn in your check at any meeting, to any of the area directors, to David Hirshman – our Cancer committee chairperson, or to Kevin Meador – our Denver Area 8 treasurer. All donations need to be turned in by February 15th. Remember, your donations go directly to the American Cancer Society and are tax deductible. The American Cancer society will send you a receipt for tax purposes.
Please contact David Hirshman directly if you would like a big pink whistle to gather donations at your games. His email is email@example.com.
Please click here for an announcement to give to the game announcer at your games >>> Officials vs Cancer Announcement
Here is the schedule of upcoming January 2016 meetings:
Monday, January 4, 2016 – General Meeting at 7 pm at Overland HS in the cafeteria
Sunday, January 10, 2016 – Area Meeting at 7 pm at Denver Seminary
Monday, January 11, 2016 – Area Meetings at 7 pm at Overland HS and Thornton HS
Please remember you are required to attend at least one of these meetings in January!
Don’t forget our December Area meetings are tonight, December 6th at 7 pm at Denver Seminary, and tomorrow, December 7th at 7 pm at both Thornton HS and Overland HS.
Your veteran open book Refresher exams are due no later than Monday, December 7th. You can turn them in at each of the meetings or by emailing it as a pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure you fulfill your requirement of 1 meeting per month for the months of December, January, and February. The entire meeting schedule can be found by clicking on “Area Schedule”…Actually click on it, don’t just hover your mouse over it.
Denver Area 8 has partnered with Snap Booster for an easy way to raise money for Officials vs Cancer. It’s easy, all you have to do is sign up, take pictures of your receipts for things you purchase on a daily basis like groceries and gas, and text it to the number for Area 8 to get credit. Our goal is 100% participation in this program!
Follow the instructions found here >>> Snap Booster Power Point
If you have questions, please contact David Hirshman directly! This year let’s all work to reach our goal for Officials vs Cancer.